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we are committed to making your time with us special

our ethos

The Ballet Retreat was founded in 2015 after a lightbulb moment between Hannah Bateman and David Kierce. Having enjoyed a wonderful on stage partnership as professional ballet dancers they were keen to work together again on a project that allowed them to share their love of dance. Hannah turned to David one day and said 'do you remember how much fun we used to have at ballet summer school's as children? Well let's do that, but for adults!' David was already running a successful adult ballet program in London and Hannah was still performing with Northern Ballet as a Principal Soloist, they got to work and held their first retreat in August 2016 and haven't looked back since.


Here at The Ballet Retreat we produce one, two and three day ballet retreats for adults. We pride ourselves on our retreats' renowned accessibility and inclusivity, which has earned us a stellar reputation as an industry-leading dance retreat provider. We believe dance is for everyone, and welcome adults from beginner right up to advanced level.


Our retreats take place at venues across Leeds and London throughout the year and we are delighted to welcome dancers from the UK as well as internationally. It's important to us that every retreat is set in world-class dance studios, accompanied by live music from one of our talented pianists and facilitated by professional and ex-professional dancers.

We work hard to ensure our dancers have the best experience possible when dancing with us and want you to leave feeling enthused and inspired by the work we do together. Check out our various retreats, our talented team of industry experts or join our NEW members area for adult dancers, MyBalletRetreat.

We look forward to welcoming you to a retreat soon.

With love,

The Ballet Retreat

Our ethos
Our team


our venues

Our venues

Northern Ballet HQ

Leeds, UK

Home to world-class narrative dance company Northern Ballet, we have the privilege of using this beautiful building on our 2 & 3 day Leeds retreats. Find out more >



Leeds, UK

These airy New York loft-style studios are also a venue for our Retreats in Leeds. Find out more >


Central school of balleT

London, UK

South of the river just 5 minutes walk from Waterloo, the Central School of Ballet studios are a convenient and very well equipped location for our 2 day London retreats. Find out more >



London, UK

In the heart of Islington - Sadlers Wells is London's epicentre for touring dance and theatre. A historic London venue. Find out more >



London, UK

Set in London's bustling South Bank, Rambert dance company's stunning 

rehearsal studios are also a venue for our London retreats. Find out more >

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