Nathalie Leger - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice (Ballet)

Professional Dancer Teaching Diploma (RTS PDTD with Distinction)

Role and responsibilities:

  • Ballet
  • Classical technique (BA 2 & BPA 3)
  • Performance practice, repertoire for Contemporary dancers

“My teaching method reflects my love and passion for Dance. Passing on my knowledge, experience to students. Aiming to help them achieve a professional, secure, strong level by the end of BPA3.”

Career History

Nathalie Leger trained and graduated from L’Academie De Danse Princesse Grace, Monte-Carlo, under the tutelage of the Master Marika Besobrasova.

Aged 17, Nathalie began her career as a professional Dancer with Basler Ballet ( Director Heinz Spoerli) and became a soloist/Principal dancer with International Companies as Deutche Oper Am Rhein, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, and Northern Ballet.

Nathalie is an ex professional dancer with over 22 years experience working with an International Company in Germany, Monte Carlo and England. She has worked personally with well recognized choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Hans Van Mannen, Maurice Béjart, Caroline Marston, Gillian Lynne, to name a few.

In 2008, Nathalie gained her Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with Distinction, and became an important part of the teaching Faculty in KS- Dance, S-L-P , York Scholars and a regular guest teacher with New/Adventures Touring Company.

Professional Activity and Research Interests

Scholarly interests include: 

  • The Evolution of Ballet Technique, Pedagogy, Wellbeing for Athletes, Yoga, Fitness, Mental health, Dance-Science.
  • Up to date knowledge of Auditions in UK and abroad
  • Close links to directors/ choreographers
  • Regular attendance to performances of all dance genres
  • Books, sport therapy interest, athlete recovery, injuries

Professional Activity:

  • Judge of Dance Competition in Italy (Ballet and contemporary)
  • Regular Guest teacher, the Matthew Bourne TOURING Company, New Adventures
  • Ballet teacher, coach, on the Professional graduate Program Northern Ballet Academy
  • Main ballet teacher in Performing Arts Schools (S-L-P, KS DANCE)
  • Dance teacher at York Scholars
  • Professional coaching and mentoring; preparing for auditions, repertoire, variations, competition.
  • Adult workshops