The Faculty

The standard of training we provide is rated as 'Outstanding' by OFSTED – testimony to the skill and dedication of the entire NBS faculty.

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The Principal – Paul Ryder
Deputy Principal – Jacqueline Gray BA (HONS) FISTD

Established in 1977 by Patricia McDonald, Northern Ballet School has, through a continuous process of development, reached its present status as an internationally recognised school training dancers for professional careers in classical ballet and commercial theatre. The College Management Team are supported by a dedicated team of highly qualified and talented teachers and musicians. Each is an established specialist in one or more of the fields of dance, music and drama.

The staff – Bringing together experience & expertise

Some of the staff have had years of professional performance experience. They constantly draw on this to prepare students for the physical and mental demands of their chosen career. In addition, all staff have particular technical expertise and theoretical knowledge. This allows them to give students a deeper insight into the range of dance styles and disciplines that underpins a creative approach to dance. They also have the physiological expertise to help prepare would-be performers to deal with the physical and mental demands of the dance profession.

Supporting our teaching staff is a full team of administrators, technicians and other staff that keeps the day-to-day school programme running smoothly.

A large faculty sharing a single aim

Everyone at Northern Ballet School works together to help our students become the performers the theatre dance industry around the world demands – artistically accomplished, technically skilled, well educated and confident. All these are the hallmarks of an NBS graduate.

“Northern Ballet School was a great stepping stone into my professional career as a dancer at the Moulin Rouge. The training I received was well rounded, catering for all techniques required to further myself in the dance industry. NBS instilled a great work ethic in me standing me in good stead for my future. My whole experience there was supported by encouraging teachers and fellow students giving me tools for not only work, but also for life.”

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Poppy Salenius
NBS Graduate 2012