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Inspiring the dancers of tomorrow, at the Academy of Northern Ballet you will experience a 21st Century approach to ballet training.

Under the artistic direction of Federico Bonelli and Cara O’Shea, students receive the highest quality training that captures your talent and imagination, nurturing a passion for dance. You’ll develop into the best, healthiest dancer you can be, excelling in technique and knowledge.

Each year the Academy discovers home-grown talent in the North of England. You can be at the heart of this centre for excellence, located in one of the most thriving cultural scenes in the UK.

The Academy is the only classical training institution in the UK to train in the same inspirational setting as professional company dancers. This creates invaluable opportunities for mentoring and unique possibilities to work with, train alongside and gain an insight into life as a professional dancer.

Academy News
A teacher helps a student with their posture
20.05.24

Vacancy: Classical Ballet Teacher

This role will play a pivotal role in helping to deliver the artistic programme and future success of the Academy of Northern Ballet.
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20.12.23

Catching up with Cara O'Shea, Academy Associate Artistic Director

Cara O'Shea talks to us about undertaking her new role as Associate Artistic Director of the Academy of Northern Ballet.
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Dancer smiling at the camera, dressed in black, standing on one foot, his other leg raised behind him. His arms are in fourth position, one above his head, the other slightly raised to the side.
06.10.23

Interview with Academy Graduate Itsuki Amemiya

We caught up with Itsuki Amemiya, one of our Academy graduates who is now an Apprentice with the Company.

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Yoko Ichino looks on thoughtfully during Cinderella rehearsals
10.08.23

Yoko Ichino Stepping Down as Academy Associate Director

World renowned ballet dancer and teacher Yoko Ichino will be stepping down from her role of Associate Director of the Academy of Northern Ballet.
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Photo Emily Nuttall.