Academy of Northern Ballet to hit the road in search of Yorkshire’s talented young dancers

December 12, 2013

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Academy of Northern Ballet to hit the road in search of Yorkshire’s talented young dancers

 

Northern Ballet has announced plans to take its Academy Open Days on the road to Hull, Doncaster and Harrogate in early 2014 in a bid to find Yorkshire’s most promising young dance talent. The open days are a chance for 9 – 12 year olds, with and without dance experience, to meet the Academy staff and find out more about the training programmes, technique and auditions. The free Open Days will take place at Hull College (19 Jan), Cast in Doncaster (26 Jan) and Harrogate’s Ashville College (2 Feb). The Academy of Northern Ballet will also host an extensive Open Day at its home in Leeds on Sunday 16 February, for prospective students aged 9-15 years, including a dedicated session for boys.

The Academy of Northern Ballet is the official school of Leeds-based Northern Ballet, and specialises in offering a holistic approach to teaching, nurturing and inspiring the professional dancers of the future. As the only recognised Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) in the UK specialising in Classical Ballet, Northern Ballet Academy is hosting Open Days to entice young dancers from across Yorkshire to audition for its professional CAT training programme which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2014.

Students benefit from teaching methods developed by Northern Ballet’s renowned Ballet Mistress, Yoko Ichino, which focuses on developing technique and ensuring that students have the solid foundation required to build a long and rewarding career in dance. Yoko Ichino said: “We are committed to nurturing the physical and emotional wellbeing of each student in an atmosphere that centres on individual learning and professionalism. It is of optimum importance that young dancers become the best possible dancers they can be and leave us as healthy, grounded and well-rounded individuals.”

Graduates from Northern Ballet’s CAT programme have gone on to full-time vocational training at top training schools including the Royal Ballet Upper School, English National Ballet School and Central School of Ballet.

Following the open days, preliminary auditions for all courses will take place on Friday 28 February and Sunday 2 March. Applications should be submitted by Thursday 20 February.

To register for an Open Day or apply for an audition, please download an application form. For more information please call 0113 220 8000 or email academy@northernballet.com.

 

About Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s five large ballet companies. Based in Leeds it performs throughout the UK as well as overseas. Northern Ballet’s productions mix classical dance and theatre, embracing popular culture and taking inspiration from literature, opera, or giving a unique interpretation of popular classical ballets.

About the Academy of Northern Ballet

The Academy of Northern Ballet is the official school of Northern Ballet and is the only recognised Centre for Advanced Training specialising in Classical Ballet in the UK. Training programmes are offered at professional level, for the professional dancers of the future, and a wide range of classes at recreational level are available for anyone from the age of 18 months up. The Academy has a dedicated Student Support team to offer the best possible support and advice and ensure that students have a safe and friendly environment in which to pursue their passion for dance.

 

Open Day Dates

Sun 19 January

Hull College, Queen’s Gardens, Hull, HU1 3DG

09.30 – 12.30 (Ages 9-12)

All experience levels

 

Sun 26 January

Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

09.30 – 12.30 (Ages 9-12)

All experience levels

 

Sun 2 February

Ashville College, Green Lane, Harrogate, HG2 9JP

09.30 – 12.30 (Ages 9-12)

All experience levels

 

Sun 16 February

Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA

09.30 – 12.30 (Ages 9-12, with experience)

09.30 – 12.30 (Ages 9-12, Boys only)

13.00 – 16.00 (Ages 13-15, with experience)

13.00 – 16.00 (Ages 9-11, no previous experience)

 

Audition Dates

Auditions will be held at Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA as follows:

 

Fri 28 February and Sun 2 March

Preliminary auditions – Professional Programme, Associate Programme, Easter & Summer School.

 

Sun 23 March

Second round auditions – Professional Programme.

Final auditions – Associate Programme, Easter & Summer School.

 

Fri 11 – Sat 12 April

Final intensive audition for Professional Programme.

 

Application Deadline Thu 20 February

 

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