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Adult ballet student Mel Wong answers questions about taking classes at Northern Ballet. 
The Academy of Northern Ballet will be hosting an open day on 16 February at its home in Quarry Hill for local youngsters interested in pursuing their passion for ballet with professional training. The open day is the chance for 9 – 13 year olds from Leeds and Yorkshire to meet Academy staff and find out more about the training programmes on offer.
Filippo and Yoko, photo Justin Slee
The Professional Graduate Programme is a full-time one year holistic training programme, designed to bridge the gap between full-time training and professional experience.
Ellena Nou, Filippo Di Vilio, Rachael Peters. Photo Martin Bell.
Students on the Professional Graduate Programme train full-time at Northern Ballet’s award winning home in Leeds city centre, rubbing shoulders with the Company’s professional dancers. A timetable* for a typical day is as follows
Academy graduates have gone on to study at many of the top vocational dance schools around the world.
For ages 8 - 16 Our classes for young people are accompanied by live music* and develop each dancer’s technical ability whilst enhancing their presentation skills and musicality. We strongly recommend students in Ballet 1 attend two classes per week. Students in Ballet 2 and above must take a minimum of two classes per week in order for them to make progress.
Jessica Morgan
Northern Ballet would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and here are a few messages from the dancers and team.
One of our CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) students, Molly Hick, went to New York's Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance for their 2013 Summer School. Here is her story... This summer I was very lucky to attend the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York.
We're really looking to our classes starting back next term. Registration forms are coming in thick and fast - so much so that many of our classes are close to capacity and some are already full! Don't worry though, we still have spaces in the Minis' classes, Ballet 1 on Wednesday & Thursday, Ballet 3 on Tuesday & Thursday, Jazz classes plus many more!
We believe there is a dancer in everyone so now is your chance to shine! Under the guidance of Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and Academy Director, David Nixon OBE, our classes are led by our highly experienced teaching faculty in the same state-of-the-art building in which Northern Ballet’s Company Dancers train.

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