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



  • Hannah Bateman

    Co-Founder, Director and Retreat Facilitator 

    Hannah is a former Principal Soloist at Northern BalletHannah co-founded The Ballet Retreat with David in 2015. She manages and produces all our retreats and typically runs your warmup and cool down/relaxation classes. Hannah has danced countless principal roles to date including the title role in David Nixon's Cleopatra, Jane in Jane Eyre and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

  • David Paul Kierce

    Co-Founder and Lead Teacher

    Lead teacher in your daily technique and classical repertoire classes, David will guide you through every step. David was a Principal Ballet dancer with Northern Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, also dancing with the Joffrey Ballet and Queensland Ballet. David runs his own adult ballet programme in London - DPK Ballet.

  • Gavin McCaig

    Retreat Coach and Facilitator

    Lead teacher on our Corps de Ballet for the Day retreats and assistant and coach on our Leeds two and three day retreats. Gavin will share his love and enthusiuam for ballet and encourage and guide you every step of the way. Gavin is Coryphée at Northern Ballet.

  • Georgina Jobson

    Retreat Coach and Facilitator

    Lead teacher in your daily warm-up and cool down classes on the Retreats in London. Fully quailfied pilates teacher and Royal Ballet trained dancer and classical ballet teacher, she knows it all! Ex-soloist dancer with Northern Ballet where she created the role of Aurora in David Nixon's A Sleeping Beauty Tale and Ophelia in Hamlet.

  • Kevin Poeung

    Retreat Coach and Facilitator

    Assistant coach on our Leeds retreats and First Soloist at Northern Ballet. Having performed countless leading roles nationally and internationally including a critically acclaimed D'artagnan in David Nixon's The Three Musketeers and Lead Boy in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto - it's safe to say Kevin knows a thing or two about ballet!

  • Andrew Dunlop


    Our very own pianist for all the Leeds Retreats. There is nothing like live music and Andrew is one of the best. He is the Company/Orchestral Pianist for Northern Ballet. He also regularly works as a Staff Pianist for Lake District Summer Music, the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, Renaissance Arts, the Geneva International Summer Festival and Academy of Music and is an examiner for the ABRSM. 

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 >


London, UK

In the heart of Islington - Sadlers Wells is London's epicentre for touring dance and theatre. This is a new venue for 2019-2020. Find out more >


London, UK

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

rehearsal studios are the typical home for our London retreats. Find out more >


Leeds, UK

These spectacular New York loft-style studios are a fantastic setting for our Corps de Ballet for a Day Retreats in Leeds. Find out more >

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