Entry to NBS full-time courses is open to male and female students, who can show suitable artistic and technical talent or potential, as demonstrated at audition and interview, have the necessary physical and mental aptitudes for a demanding course of study and are over the UK statutory school leaving age. The number of places on the courses is limited and they are offered strictly on merit.
Duration of the Course
The length of the courses is dependent upon the standard of the student at entry and the level of accredited prior learning, but the normal duration of study is three years. The school has a three term year of thirty-five weeks in total, including a week long break half way through the term.
Auditions classes for normal September entry are held at the school from the preceding October to June. Application should be made by completing form NBS 1 which is available for download on this site. Return completed forms to the school, together with the stipulated supporting documents, whereupon an audition date will be offered by post. Individual auditions may be held in exceptional circumstances.
Dates of auditions to be held at Northern Ballet School are published in the dance journals, on this site or can be obtained direct from the school by post, fax, phone or e-mail. Additional copies of form NBS 1 can be obtained from the Registrar.
For entry in September each year, auditions commence in the preceding December and take place approximately once a week until the end of the Spring term (mid-March). Dates will be listed on the website from around October onwards.
Overseas Student Applications
Applicants from outside the UK, for whom attendance for audition at Northern Ballet School would be difficult, may make application for entry by completion of form NBS 1 and submission of this and the other material requested, together with a letter of support from a qualified dance teacher, giving full details of dance training and standard achieved to date. In such cases it is important that the application is accompanied by photographs, as requested on the form, and a DVD of the applicant in dance class.
Enrolment and Induction Procedures
Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place on the relevant course, together with a Registration Form NBS 3. Students wishing to accept and reserve a place need to complete and return Registration Form NBS 3, together with any stipulated registration fee, or deposit where applicable. Induction of new students takes place on the first day of the Autumn term, when they are greeted by the Principal and introduced to school routines, provided with their individual detailed course curriculum and copies of the NBS student handbook and issued with standard pre-ordered dancewear for classwork.