Celebrating 40 years of Northern Ballet School

Three-Year NBS Diploma in Professional Dance

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in an industry that demands an ever-widening range of dance performance and related skills. This is why all students study a range of dance styles and genres throughout the three years of the course.

During Year One...

you'll study a variety of dance styles, regardless of whether your ambition is to work in classical ballet or musical theatre.

At the end of Year One...

you will need to decide on classical ballet or jazz theatre as your main focus for the remainder of your course.
(We can give guidance on your choice if needed).

Shorter course option

These may be available for applicants with suitable previous training (known as Accredited Prior Learning). These students will be placed directly into the second or third year of the course as appropriate.

What qualifications do our graduates receive?

Students who complete the course successfully will graduate with the Northern Ballet School Diploma in Professional Dance.

This incorporates the National Diploma in Professional Dance, validated by Trinity College London. An NVQ Level 6, this qualification is the vocational equivalent of a first degree from university.

Scholarships

Currently there is a limited number of government-funded scholarships available to qualifying applicants from the UK and EU countries. These scholarships are awarded strictly in order of merit, as determined by Northern Ballet School.

The Nutcracker
NBS graduate Bradley Parsons & Nicole Hamill performing in the annual Christmas ballet, one of three shows students perform each year for the public.

Performers course

  • Dance Studies

    • Classical Ballet
    • Jazz
    • Contemporary
    • Tap
    • Modern Theatre Dance
  • Performance Studies

    • Acting
    • Singing
    • Repertoire
    • Choreography
    • Stage Technique & Preparation
  • Contextual Studies

    • Anatomy for the Dancer
    • Fitness, Health & Safety
    • Dance History
    • Community Outreach
  • Ancillary Subjects

    • Pilates
    • Body Conditioning
    • Introduction to Teaching Studies
  • Syllabus Studies

    • RAD Vocational Graded Examinations
    • ISTD Vocational Graded Examinations in Ballet, Tap & Modern Theatre Dance
  • Dance Studies

    • Classical Ballet
    • Jazz
    • Contemporary
    • Tap
  • Performance Studies

    • Acting
    • Singing
    • Choreography
    • Stage Technique & Preparation
  • Contextual Studies

    • Anatomy for the Dancer
    • Fitness, Health & Safety
    • Dance History
    • Performance Collaborations
  • Ancillary Subjects

    • Pilates
    • Body Conditioning
    • Stage Fighting
  • Classical Ballet Focus

    • Additional Subjects
    • Repertoire
    • Supported Adage
    • Pas De Deux
    • Solos
  • Jazz Theatre Focus

    • Additional Subjects
    • Tap
    • Acting
    • Vocal Studies
    • Jazz Double Work
    • Musical Theatre Repertoire
  • Syllabus Options

    • RAD Vocational Graded Examinations
    • ISTD Vocational Graded Examinations in Ballet, Tap & Modern Theatre Dance
    • ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction Examinations in Ballet, Modern & Tap
  • Dance Studies

    • Classical Ballet
    • Jazz
    • Contemporary
    • Tap
  • Performance Studies

    • Acting
    • Singing
    • Choreography
    • Audition Technique
  • Contextual Studies

    • Professional & Employment Skills
  • Ancillary Subjects

    • Pilates
    • Body Conditioning
    • Stage Fighting
    • Acro
  • Classical Ballet Focus

    • Additional Subjects
    • Repertoire
    • Pas De Deux
    • Virtuosity
    • Solos
  • Jazz Theatre Focus

    • Additional Subjects
    • Jazz Double Work
    • Repertoire
    • Jazz Tap
    • Acro
    • Microphone Technique
    • Acting
    • Vocal Studies
  • Syllabus Options

    • RAD Major Examinations including Solo Seal
    • ISTD Vocational Graded Examinations in Ballet, Tap & Modern Theatre Dance
    • ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction Examinations in Ballet, Modern & Tap