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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.
Mission Northern Ballet's Associate training programme was established in 1998 and today attracts students from as far afield as Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool. Students in the Associate Division are aged between 10 and 16 years old and currently contemplating a career in dance. The students attend regular weekly enhancement classes at the Academy, in addition to their regular training elsewhere, to help prepare them for future full-time vocational training.
Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Mission The Professional Division is for students aged between 10 and 17 years old and provides intensive, non residential training to students who show exceptional potential in classical ballet. 100% of our students who have wished to continue their training post 17-years-old have gained entry into the top vocational dance schools both in the UK and abroad.
Our International Easter Course running 6 – 9 April is for students aged 12 – 19 years. This intensive course enables students to boost their standard whilst training in a professional environment alongside young dancers from all over the world.
Our Academy's mini-movers left a message for everyone before they broke up for Christmas...
The Academy of Northern Ballet is striving to ensure that talented students can access training, regardless of family or financial background. If you have a query or concern regarding fees please contact the Academy team to discuss. The full cost of the course is £3,649 per year (based on costs for September 2015) and means tested financial support is available to successful applicants supported by The Department for Education . Please note that from Level 4 and above there is £75 top-up fee bringing the course cost to £3,724.
Joseph Poulton was in the very first cohort of students that we took onto our Centre for Advanced Training Programme (CAT) back in 2004.

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