Have a question about The Scholars?

Below are a few of our frequently asked questions about The Scholars and our classes. If there’s still a burning question, please email The Scholars and we’d be happy to help with any enquiries.

The “Scholars” is a specially devised programme for talented young performers who are looking for advanced technical dance classes to compliment their existing dance training.

The “Scholars” runs every other Sunday and is for 11-18 year olds.

At Northern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance, Leeds City Centre.

Entrance to “The Scholars” is by Audition only.  The Scholars hold one annual audition per year.  Auditions cost £10.00 payable on application.  The audition will focus on classical ballet, all attending must have a good classical background and must excel in technical elements of dance.

All students must make an online application for their audition.


All of the classes are of an advanced level and taken by Martin Howland & Stillie Dee who are the Directors of R.A. Vocal sessions are also taken by the Musical Director Neil Rigg. As working professionals they know the standards that are expected within the industry and seek out the very best talent.

Once a term we hold an Open Day for “The Scholars”. The whole Faculty joins the classes and we invite special leading directors/artists/performers from commercial, musical and contemporary backgrounds to share their knowledge and experience with our students.

We are fully aware of how busy young performers are. We simply need email notification 28 days prior to “The Scholars” date that could not be attended.

The “Scholars” program needs commitment for performers to get the best from it and we stipulate therefore that all fees are paid for at the beginning of term for all dates. Only in exceptional circumstances is this rule ever revised.

There is no strict dress code. However all dance-wear must be properly fitted and we ask that all “Scholars” look presentable for all of the classes.