Classes

please note these times are for when we are in person. We are currently locked down, so all classes are online. Scroll down for online times.

A free trial lesson is offered to all new students. Trial lessons can be booked throughout the term (you don't have to wait until the start of a new term to join us) by contacting the office here.

Pre-primary

from 2 and a half years old

Wednesdays 16:00 - 16:30

Saturdays 09:15 - 09:45

Saturdays 11:30 - 12:00 

This is a beginner ballet class for children aged 2.5 and up. The class uses imaginitve ideas and story telling to introduce basic ballet steps, musicality, co-ordination, and physical and sensory awareness.  

Primary

from 4 and a half years old

Wednesdays 16:35 - 17:20 

Saturdays 09:50 - 10:35

This class introduces a foundation for ballet technique. Children learn basic ballet exercises and sequences, whilst developing their imagination and creativity through movement and music.

Level 1

from 6 years old

Wednesdays 17:25 - 18:10

Saturdays 10:40 - 11:25

This class builds the foundation for ballet technique. Children learn set ballet exercises and sequences, developing co-ordination and memory skills, whilst continuing to use their imagination and creativity through movement and music. Children in Level 1 work towards the Standard 1 Exam.



Level 2A

from 8 years old
Wednesdays 18:10 - 19:00

This class builds on basic steps, and introduces more complex movement sequences. Children continue to develop a sense of rhythm and musicality, along with confidence, poise, and increased co-ordination. Children in Level 2A work towards the Standard 2 Exam.

Level 4 and Pre-Pointe

from 11 years old

Wednesdays 19:00 - 20:00

Children learn more complicated ballet steps, and a greater emphasis on technique is introduced. All the skills learned previously are refined and developed. More challenging sequences are practiced and refined, and children add to their expanding dance vocabulary. This class also introduces Pre-Pointe work to prepare students for pointe work. This will strengthen their leg, ankle and feet muscles, as well as core strength in order to develop the necessary technique to use pointe shoes (please note, dancers wishing to be assessed for pointe work have to be taking a minimum of 2 classes a week and must be at least 11 years old)

Dancers in Primary, Level 1, Level 2A and Level 3, all work towards the Cecchetti exams. Teachers will spend from 3-5 Terms preparing each child for an exam in that level. Children doing multiple classes in a week may progress more quickly. If you have any questions about exams, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the office.

Classes for other levels and age groups may be added, please enquire or register your interest here!

 

Prices for Autumn Term 2020 (term dates here)

Pre-Primary - £135

Primary - £138

Level 1 - £141

Level 2A - £144

Level 3 - £147

Level 4 and Pre-Pointe - £147

TERMS and CONDITIONS

1. We do not charge administration or registration fees

2. Payment is due before the first day of term, for returning students, or before the first session after the trial class, for new students. 

3. Class dates/times are subject to change. 
 

4. We offer a free trial lesson in order to each dancer in order to evaluate suitability prior to payment. Refunds, whether partial or full, are not given under any circumstances.

5. Unless otherwise stated, a term fees invoice covers one ballet class weekly for each remaining teaching week of term. It is intended that this should be an in-person class, however by paying this invoice the customer agrees to accept online classes instead whenever deemed necessary by school management.

 

6. Under extenuating circumstances, and only by prior arrangement with the school and subject to availability, missed classes may be made up by the student attending another class at the same level on a different day of the same term. Non-attendance of catch-up classes will result in the forfeiture of those sessions; make-up classes do not carry over from one term to the next. There is no pay-per-class facility.

 

7. By paying for classes, the customer accepts that there is some risk of infection inherent in social interaction and using a shared space, and agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified the school's staff and management against any loss or injury brought about as a result of attending any class.

  

8. The customer agrees to follow all directions given by school staff while on site, especially in relation to protecting against Covid-19, and may be refused service if instructions are not followed by themselves and/or members of their party. This includes, but is not limited to, the wearing of masks, adherence to distancing rules, satisfactory hygiene.

 

9. While online, it is your responsibility to make sure that your child's lessons are conducted in a safe manner. You agree to take full responsibility for the safety of your child and anyone else in their vicinity. 

 

10. While onsite it is a condition of attendance that you, your child and anyone else in your party adheres to whatever safety procedures we require. This may include physical distancing, washing and sanitising, the wearing of a mask, etc.

Classes may not be filmed, photographed, screensaved, livestreamed, or similar.

 

11. Nuts are not permitted on site, and do wash your hands after contact with anything containing nuts, due to contact allergies.

 

12. Dancing is an inherently physical activity, and carries with it the risk of injury. You agree to indemnify and keep indemnified the teachers and school operators of all and any liability arising from injuries sustained as a result of attending lessons, including in any location on site or at home.

 

13. The safety and well--being of our students, staff and customers is of utmost importance, and if a determination is made by school management that the safety of our students is best served by the interruption or cancellation of classes, we will act accordingly. Situations might include fire alarms or other evacuations; public health issues; damage to the venue, etc.We reserve the right to make a judgement based on our perception of the general safety of everyone concerned regarding the offer and/or withdrawal of in-person classes. By paying term fees, in full or part, the customer agrees to honour and facilitate management decisions taken to safeguard the safety and health of those to whom we have a duty of care, including decisions regarding whether classes are online or in person, and agrees not to seek refund or compensation. 

 

14. We reserve the right to alter the staffing make-up of the classes in whatever way we deem necessary.

15. Parents are required to stay on site throughout the class. 

Thank you for writing this report for Sara, it is clear that in a short space of time you have been able to see Sara’s true character. Every Wednesday Sara is so very excited to take part in the ballet class. She has been made very welcome and has formed friendships. Sara connects beautifully with the way you teach and in a short space of time has grown in confidence. Thank you for the care you show her and we look forward to returning after the holidays. - L.P., parent
We care very much about your child's ongoing development in dance, and so every family receives a written report on their dancer's progress every term.
ONLINE CLASS TIMES
PRE-PRIMARY 
 
Wednesday 1600 - 1630
Saturday 0900 - 0930
Saturday 1100 - 1130
Sunday 1400 - 1430
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PRIMARY
Wednesday 1635 - 1720
Saturday 0930 - 1015
Saturday 1500 - 1545
Sunday 1430 - 1515
 
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LEVEL 1
Wednesday 1725 - 1810
Saturday 1015 - 1100
Sunday 1300 - 1345
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LEVEL 2
Wednesday 1810 - 1900
Sunday 1515 - 1600
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LEVEL 4
Wednesday 1900 - 2000
Sunday 1600 - 1700
Outside of lockdown times, if you would like your child to participate online rather than in person, please make contact via any of the usual routes.
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