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Press Release: Academy of Northern Ballet (Leeds) opens its doors to Yorkshire’s future ballet stars


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Academy of Northern Ballet opens its doors to Yorkshire’s future ballet stars
 
The Academy of Northern Ballet is hosting open days on Sunday 1 and Sunday 15 February 2015 at its home in Leeds city-centre for young people interested in pursuing their passion for ballet with professional training. The free open days will run from 9.30am-4pm on Sunday 1 February and 9.30am–12.30pm on Sunday 15 February and include sessions for budding dancers aged 9-12 and 13-15, as well as dedicated boys only sessions. The open days are the chance for prospective students from Yorkshire and beyond to meet the staff, tour the Academy’s state-of-the-art facilities and find out more about the training programmes on offer.
 
The Academy of Northern Ballet is the official school of Leeds-based Northern Ballet, one of the UK’s foremost professional ballet companies, and specialises in offering a holistic approach to teaching, nurturing and inspiring the professional dancers of the future. As the only recognised Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) in the UK specialising in Classical Ballet, the Academy of Northern Ballet is hosting its open days in Leeds to encourage young dancers to audition for its professional CAT training programme which celebrated its 10thanniversary in 2014. 
 
100% of graduates from Northern Ballet’s CAT programme wishing to pursue their training further, have gone on to full-time training at top vocational schools including the Royal Ballet Upper School, English National Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School and Central School of Ballet.
 
Yasmin Delves, CAT Manager at the Academy of Northern Ballet said: “The Academy of Northern Ballet is one of the leading classical ballet training schools in the UK. Our focus is on recognising talent and nurturing our students to give them the technical training and mentoring they need to develop as dancers. 
 
We are holding our open days so that young dancers can find out first-hand about the world-class ballet training available to them in Leeds. The open days will provide the opportunity for prospective students to meet staff and talk to the teachers, find out more about the training programmes and technique, and take part in a taster class. They will also be able to tour our state-of-the-art facility which we share with Northern Ballet’s professional company. We want to encourage both 9 - 15 year old boys and girls to come along with their parents to meet us on 1 or 15 February to find out about what our different training programmes entail, build their confidence and discover how they can further their passion for ballet.’
 
To register for an open day or to find out further information please call 0113 220 8000 or email academy@northernballet.com
 
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Notes to Editors
 
Open Day Dates
Sun 1 February 2015
Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA
9.30am – 12.30pm (Ages 9-12)
9.30am – 12.30pm (Ages 9-12, Boys only)
1.15pm – 4pm (Ages 9-12)
1.15pm – 4pm (Ages 13-15)
 
Sun 15 February
Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA
9.30am – 12.30pm (Ages 9-12)
9.30am – 12.30pm (No previous experience)
 
Academy of Northern Ballet
The Academy of Northern Ballet is the official school of Northern Ballet and is the only recognised Centre for Advanced Training specialising in Classical Ballet in the UK. Training programmes are offered at professional level, for the professional dancers of the future, and a wide range of classes at recreational level are available for anyone from the age of 18 months up. The Academy has a dedicated Student Support team to offer the best possible support and advice and ensure that students have a safe and friendly environment in which to pursue their passion for dance.
 

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