David Nixon OBE to teach at the International Summer School

We're delighted to confirm that this year's International Senior Summer School at the Academy of Northern Ballet will include two exclusive classes from Northern Ballet's Artistic Director David Nixon OBE and renowned choreographer Kenneth Tindall.

Giving participants an invaluable insight into the life of a professional dancer, the International Summer School includes daily classes in technique, enhancement, variations and contemporary. Classes are led by an impressive teaching faculty including Ballet Mistress Yoko Ichino, and former Northern Ballet Principal Dancers.

This year David Nixon OBE will give a rare masterclass as part of the Summer School.

Places on the International Summer School are limited. To book a place contact academy@northernballet.com. The application deadline has now been extended to Friday 25 May - find out more.

David trained as a dancer at the National Ballet School of Canada and with Erik Bruhn and Eugene Valukin. He began his dance career at the National Ballet of Canada where he later became principal dancer. In 1985 he joined the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin as a principal dancer, going on to win the 1987 Critics’ Award for Best Male Performance.

He left Berlin to dance as a guest artist with companies including National Ballet of Canada, Bavarian State Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Komische Oper Berlin, Berlin State Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Sydney City Ballet. In 1994 he returned to Deutsche Oper Ballet as First Ballet Master. He was Artistic Director of BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, from 1994 to 2001, before joining Northern Ballet.

David Nixon in rehearsal. Photo Justin Slee.

David’s many award-winning and award-nominated ballets for Northern Ballet include The Three Musketeers, Madame Butterfly, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Great Gatsby.

Nixon was voted Director of the Year by readers of Dance Europe in 2003 and 2006. Under his leadership Northern Ballet received the audience award at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and the Patron’s Award in 2009, the 2014 Taglioni European Ballet Award for Best Company and the 2016 Dance Award in the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. He was made an OBE in 2010.

Another exciting addition to the teaching propgramme will be a masterclass and talk from Kenneth Tindall, former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer and choreographer of our award-winning ballet Casanova.

Kenneth trained at Central School of Ballet and previously danced with The Israel Ballet and K Ballet. He later joined Northern Ballet in 2003, where he was a Premier Dancer before developing as one of the UK's most exciting young choreographers. 

With his first professional commission, Project #1, Kenneth won the Production Prize at the 26th International Choreographic Competition in Hanover. In September 2014 Kenneth was nominated for 'Best Young Choreographer' at the inaugural Taglioni European Ballet Awards. In 2015 he was nominated for two National Dance Awards from the Critics Circle, for 'Emerging Artist' and 'Best Classical Choreography' for his ballet The Architect.

Most recently Kenneth was recognised again for his work, with a second 'Best Classical Choreography' nomination at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards 2017. Kenneth was the recipient of the 'Outstanding Achievement in a New Dance Production' in the Broadway World UK Awards 2017, for Casanova.