“Students are taught how to look after themselves, from fitness and nutrition classes to anatomy classes where you learn how the dancers body works, to pilates classes – where students get the chance to put what you have learnt into action – preventing common injuries and hopefully helping to sustain a long career, these are all things I still carry with me and have become a part of my every day life.”
At Northern Ballet School we believe that to become informed creative dancers our students must experience a wide range of study.
These modules are provided over and above the core subjects on your course and are designed to give you the best possible career prospects in today's demanding industry. Trips and outings to enjoy Manchester's rich theatrical and cultural tradition enhance the rounded education we offer.
The four modules of the course run through all three years of study. You can then choose optional subjects within the modules to suit your individual needs and ambitions:
This module allows you to build on the techniques you learn in the Dance Studies module by taking part in performance-based classes. These classes give you a variety of other essential performance skills including vocal studies and drama together with an understanding of the production aspects of live theatre including stagecraft, make-up, costuming, props management, microphone technique and the basics of stage lighting and design. You'll also be introduced to auditioning, casting procedure and the disciplines of rehearsal and scheduling.
Repertoire (classical or jazz) is an important component of this module which will give you many of the skills necessary for a career in the professional theatre, along with opportunities to learn and perform in a variety of different genres and styles.
This module widens and deepens your knowledge and understanding of the world of theatrical dance, which in turn will enhance your performance standards and employability.
An important objective is to help you gain a good understanding of how your body works. The aim is to develop your musicality and technique to optimise your physique and also to minimise the risk of injury in training or performance.
Subjects covered include anatomy for the dancer, dance history, music in relation to dance, performance psychology, nutrition, health and safety at work, and employment contract terms and conditions.