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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.
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!
Northern Ballet is launching an exciting new finishing year course for ballet graduates, designed by David Nixon OBE, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and Director of Northern Ballet Academy and Yoko Ichino, Associate Director of Northern Ballet Academy, to help bridge the gap between leaving full-time training and starting life as a professional dancer.
Northern Ballet Academy student, Charlotte Tonkinson, enjoyed a particularly sweet sixteenth birthday this week when she secured a coveted place at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London.
Photo Martin Bell.
Our Professional Graduate Programme is a one year traineeship for aspiring dancers with bold ambitions. The holistic training programme is designed to bridge the gap between full-time training and professional performance. With many opportunities to learn from, train with and perform alongside the internationally acclaimed Northern Ballet, this unique programme provides a fully immersive experience within a professional company.
The aim of our Summer School is to prepare students for company life, to help them to understand the demands of a professional career on their bodies and the discipline required to prevent injury.

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