Professional Graduate Programme

Our Professional Graduate Programme is a one year traineeship for aspiring dancers with bold ambitions.

This 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. Training takes place in Northern Ballet’s award-winning central Leeds studios.

What to expect from the Professional Graduate Programme

You will follow the Ichino Technique, developed by Northern Ballet’s Ballet Mistress and Associate Academy Director, Yoko Ichino and class sizes are kept purposefully small so that you will receive bespoke tuition and mentoring.

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Graduates from recent courses have won contracts with the likes of Ballet Cymru, Ballet Ireland, Baltic Ballet, and Northern Ballet.



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“The most useful aspect of the Professional Graduate Programme was training in close contact with the Company, because it let us see how dancers work and perform. Thanks to the graduate programme I discovered the kind of work I needed to do in order to move from being student to a professional dancer.”

Aurora – 2019 Graduate


“During my time at the Professional Graduate Programme my technique gained strength and confidence grew. I got the chance to perform with the Company in The Nutcracker and Puss in Boots, including being lucky enough to be part of filming the ballet for CBeebies which gave me touring and stage experience.”

Albert – 2019 Graduate
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The CAT programme has been an amazing experience for me, to have such intensive training without moving away to ballet school…