Easter Dance Course Leeds 2016

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 Venue Address: Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH

The Easter Dance Course 2016 will take place in Leeds at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) on Chapeltown Road. The excellent facilities, including fully sprung floors, floor to ceiling mirrors, piano and ballet barres, will allow you to make the most out of every lesson. The studios are large, light and airy, giving you lots of room to practice and perform in.

NSCD is situated on Chapeltown Road in Leeds with accessible public transport to and from the city centre. Buses 2/2A, 3/3A run frequently throughout the day and stop just outside the College. 

If you will be travelling by car, NSCD is within close distance of the Leeds inner-ring road and has free on-site parking available making it an easy place to drive to.

‚ÄčIf you plan to stay in Leeds for the Easter Dance Course there are numerous hotels very close by to suit every budget. 

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Martin Bell

4th - 6th April 2016

3 inspiring days of dancing with our team of ex Professional Ballet and Contemporary Dancers...

  Take part in a exciting mix of classes including:

Ballet, Contemporary,

National and Character, 

Creative Workshops and more... 




Easter Dance Course Leeds 2016

3 inspiring days of dancing with our team of ex Professional Ballet and Contemporary Dancers...

 Are you aged 8 -19? Are you looking for an inspiring and exciting dance course to take part in during the Easter holidays? If you love to dance, we would love to work with you to help you improve your technique and performance skills in a range of dance styles including ballet, contemporary and national and character dancing.

 You can read more about this year's Easter Dance Course team below. Places on the Course are strictly limited, and our dance courses in previous years have been fully booked with a waiting list.

We highly recommend that you download your application form and reserve your place today to make sure you don't miss out on this fantastic new Course. We look forward to working with you in Easter 2016!

- Michael and Kimberley Berkin

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Flexible drop - off and pick up times for parents to fit in around your schedule more easily! Drop off from 8.30am to 9.00am and pick up from 3.30pm to 4.00pm. 

Improve your technique and performance skills

Be inspired by our team of ex Professional Ballet Dancers

Work with a Professional Contemporary Dancer

Take part in an exciting mix of classes including ballet class, contemporary, national and character dancing, creative workshops and more...

Build on your existing knowledge and try new dance styles too

Make new friends who share your love of dance

Meet the Easter Dance Course Leeds 2016 Team

Natalie Leger - Guest Ballet Teacher, Easter Dance Course Leeds 2016

- Ex Professional Ballet Dancer

- Trained at the Academy de la danse in Monte Carlo

- Many soloist and leading roles performed with The Basler Ballet, Deustche Oper Am Rhein, Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo and Northern Ballet

- Guest Ballet Teacher with Phoenix Dance Company, Matthew Bourne company and a number of prestigious vocational dance schools.


Natalie Leger was born in France in 1971. She trained at the Academy de la danse in Monte Carlo with Russian ballet teacher Marika Besobrasova. At the age of 17, Natalie she was invited by director-choreographer Heinz Spoerli to join his company The Basler Ballet. Starting as Corps de ballet she became a demi-soloist/ soloist in 1990. Here Natalie created roles as Clara, as well as the ballet Miniaturen and she worked with renowned choreographers including Hans-Van-Manen , W.Forsythe and M.Béjart. Following Heinz Spoerli, she joined Deustche Oper Am Rhein, Germany, in 1997 and then Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo in 2004. 

At Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo, Natalie danced a vast range of G.Balanchine repertoire, as well as Fokine, J.Kylian and L.Childs. In 2004 Nathalie joined Northern Ballet under the direction of David Nixon, where she danced a number of leading roles including Odette in Swan Lake, Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons, Queen Ann in Three Musketeers, Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliette, before having her last lead role of Gertrude in Hamlet created on her. 

In June 2010 Natalie retrained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, gaining the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with distinction. From 2010 to 2011, she was a resident ballet teacher with the Academy, school of Northern Ballet in Leeds.

Since 2011 Natalie has been a ballet teacher with SLP Vocational Performing Arts College in Garforth, at Kate Simmons KS Dance and also at Leeds Universtity, teaching RAD Syllabus, free syllabus classes, pointe work and Classical Repertoire. 

Natalie also coached Jenny Hackwell, Winner of the Richmond Virginia CICB & Barbra Geoghan Competition and she has been Ballet Mistress of The Molly Lake Award 2014. She has been a ballet teacher with Phoenix Dance Company, Matthew Bourne company, York Scholars, The Cecchetti Summer School, The Yorkshire Scholarship Centre Summer school and the Dance Studio Company in Italy.

Natalie has recently been a guest teacher on the Professional Dance Experience Ballet Associates Programme and we are delighted that she will be joining our team for the Easter Dance Course 2016. 

Debbi Purtill - Guest Contemporary Dance Teacher, Easter Dance Course Leeds 2016

- Professional Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer

- Trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD)

- Associate Director of balletLORENT

- Former Lecturer at NSCD and former Course Leader for the HND in Dance at Newcastle College



Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Martin Bell

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Debbi is a dance technique and yoga teacher, performer and choreographer who trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD). 

Her career has encompassed both dance and theatre, working with choreographers, visual artists and directors including Nigel Charnock, Herve Jourdet, David Massingham, Paul & Menno Nooijer, Alan Lyddiard and a career long collaboration with Simon Birch.

She joined balletLORENT in 2001 working as a dancer (credits include Rapunzel, Designer Body, la nuit intime and The Night Ball) rehearsal director and mentor and in 2014 she was appointed Associate Director with the company.

As well as founding Debbi Purtill Dance in 1995, Debbi has taught and choreographed across the UK, she was course leader for the HND in Dance at Newcastle College and a lecturer at NSCD (2001 – 2011) where she developed and refined her teaching of Graham based technique.

Debbi regularly mentors dance artists, teaches for professional dance companies and has recently completed her MA in Professional Dance Practice through Teesside University. 

We are very excited that Debbi Purtill will be part of the Professional Dance Experience team for our new Easter Dance Course 2016

Kimberley Berkin PDTD Teaching Faculty, Easter Course Leeds 2016

- Director of Courses and  Principal, Ballet Associate Programme

Royal Ballet School trained 

- RAD Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma (Distinction)

- International Performing Career

- Former Lecturer in Ballet Technique, Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Kimberley trained at The Royal Ballet School for 8 years. As a student, she performed with the Royal Ballet in various ballets including The Nutcracker, Manon and Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Kimberley also has a talent for choreography and won The Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition as a second year student at the Upper School.

After graduating, Kimberley gained a contract with Ballet Ireland where she quickly took on soloist roles and performed all over Ireland and the UK. A highlight of her career was performing as ‘Juliet’ in Romeo and Juliet at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Kimberley also performed as the lead in La Sylphide at a gala performance in London, hosted by the American Artist Karen Kilimnik. She then went onto perform with English National Ballet in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall, The Palace of Versailles and also at The Princess Diana Concert at Wembley.  

Kimberley’s talent for teaching was spotted at an early age. Whilst still a student, she was invited to work as an assistant teacher at The Royal Ballet School International Summer School for two consecutive years. This ignited her desire to teach and following her performing career Kimberley retrained as a teacher, gaining the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with distinction.

In 2008 Kimberley was offered a full time teaching post as a Lecturer in Ballet Technique at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, a Higher Education College in Leeds. Kimberley has been a year co-ordinator at NSCD, has worked as a rehearsal director, taught private and group coaching sessions and has also taught as part of the audition panel in the U.K and Europe.

Michael Berkin RBS Dip. Teaching Faculty, Easter Dance Course Leeds 2016

- Diploma in Dance (Royal Ballet School)

- Diploma in Ballet Education Practice (Royal Ballet School & Royal Opera House)

- International Performing Career

- Guest Ballet Master and teacher for a number of internationally recognised ballet companies and ballet schools

Michael Berkin is a former Head Boy of The Royal Ballet School. He trained there for 8 years, graduating with the Royal Ballet School Diploma in Dance. Whilst training at the school, Michael also performed in many of the Royal Ballet’s productions on the famous Royal Opera House stage in Covent Garden.

Michael has also completed the Diploma in Ballet Education Practice, awarded by The Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House. He has since been invited to work as a freelance ballet teacher with The Royal Ballet School.  

During his professional performing career, Michael has danced with many top international ballet companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Northern Ballet. He has performed in New Zealand, China and Thailand and toured extensively throughout the U.K and the Republic of Ireland. 

Michael Berkin’s roles have included ‘The Nutcracker Prince’ and ‘Drosselmeyer’ in The Nutcracker, the lead in Les Sylphides, ‘Tybalt’, ‘Paris’ and ‘Lord Capulet’ in Romeo and Juliet, ‘Captain Hook’ in Peter Pan, ‘Seward’ and ‘Van Helsing’ in Dracula and ‘Sharpless’ in Madame Butterfly to name but a few. 

Michael’s interest in teaching dance began early on in his career. Whilst still a student he assisted in teaching ballet classes at the Royal Ballet School’s International Summer School Programme.  Michael continued to teach alongside his performing career, working with the Learning and Access departments of The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Northern Ballet, teaching dance workshops in schools in the local community and workshops for visually impaired people as well as guest teaching at a number of dance schools. 

Michael has taught as Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet, teaching and rehearsing the professional ballet dancers on the U.K tour of ‘The Ugly Duckling’, a ballet for children. He has also taught on the Professional Graduate programme at Northern Ballet and taught and rehearsed the dancers for the 2014 tour of ‘The Three Little Pigs’.

Michael Berkin has taught at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, at Leeds University and at the Northern Ballet Academy. He has also been invited to teach ballet masterclasses for the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Michael worked alongside Wayne Sleep and Monica Loughman delivering ballet classes on the Channel 4 documentary, Big Ballet.


Sorry, the Easter Dance Course 2016 is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for this course, please call

0113 2249 144