Celebrating 40 years of Northern Ballet School – 25th June 2017

Classical Ballet Focus

This option for Years Two and Three of your course is open to students with the particular attributes favourable to the pursuit of a professional career in the demanding field of classical ballet.

Giving you the foundations of secure ballet technique

All students at the school build these during their first year of study. Those students who choose the Classical Ballet Focus option for Years Two and Three then go on to cover supported adage and corps de ballet repertoire, solos, pas de deux and virtuosity in addition to their daily classes.

Giving you more than strong technique

As a classical dancer you must be much more that just a strong technician. That's why at NBS we nurture the wider range of skills required of today's classical dancers. We give you opportunities to perform in a variety of different dance styles and genres during your training, as well as studying complementary subjects like drama, anatomy and pilates. You'll also study dance history, music and choreographic styles supported by theatre visits and audio visual material. In Year Three we'll work with you to increase your strength and stamina and develop individual performance style and artistic eloquence, as well as providing individual coaching and advice in audition technique.

Practical performance experience

To help bridge the gap between training and a professional career our students give regular performances – including full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Coppelia – performed in the school's own 430-seat public theatre. They also join a variety of Master Classes held at the school with eminent dancers and teachers.

Additional modules

Core subjects are complemented by a number of others subjects during your three years. You'll find more about these in Modules.

“I attended Northern Ballet School between 2009-2012 after only two years dance experience behind me. I am now in my third year dancing eight shows a week as a soloist in the Ballet ensemble of the Friedrichstadt-Palast, Europe's show palace with the largest theatre stage in the world. Without the high calibre of teaching, guidance and support I received during my time at NBS, I would never have become the dancer I am today.”

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Liam Michael Scullion
NBS Graduate 2012

Manchester City Ballet – our own performing company

Manchester City Ballet is one of the two NBS performing companies (the other is Jazzgalore). Our students participate in several yearly productions giving them invaluable experience and an understanding of the time-consuming and demanding process of staging a dance work – from initial rehearsals with the choreographer to stage calls and costume fittings.

Student's abilities are stretched by dancing in classic ballets from many different eras in a diversity of styles, working with a variety of choreographers. Through this they gain knowledge of the Romantic and Imperial styles as well as many modern and new works.

The company is often invited to give special performances both in this country and abroad. This again increases the range of production experiences and contexts gained by NBS students – from village hall to concert hall.

All these things challenge the technical and interpretative skills of the young performers, preparing them to enter any professional company with confidence and enthusiasm.

Manchester City Ballet
Manchester City Ballet is NBS' classical performance company.