Improve movement quality with the Franklin Method®

A focus class designed to help students understand how the hip joint works and how to use it, using the Franklin Method®.


  • 1 Class
  • Suitable for 16+

In this focus class, students will learn how to use the Franklin Method® to improve their body awareness and movement quality through six exercises supported by mental imagery. The class will include both practical exercises and theoretical learning to help students locate the hip joint, visualise how it works, and understand how to apply these insights to classical techniques.

What you will learn

  • Understand where and how to locate the hip joint in the body
  • Experience and embody the functions of the hip joint
  • How to use the hip joint for effective and safe dance practice.

Your Tutors

Sarah Daultry

Teacher Training Manager

Sarah trained at the Arts Educational Schools UK and at MUDRA, Maurice Bejart’s School in Belgium before working internationally as a dancer, ballet mistress and teacher.

Before joining The Royal Ballet School, Sarah had her own dance school in London and also worked for the Royal Academy of Dance as a teacher and tutor.

Sarah has been part of The Royal Ballet School's Outreach, Associate and Teacher Training team since 2012 and is now the Teacher Training Manager, overseeing the two-year Diploma in Dance Teaching course for professional dancers and teachers, the Enlighten webinar series and the Inspire teacher training programme.

Sarah has also taught at Central School of Ballet, English National Ballet School and Rambert School for Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She was a company teacher for Ballet Black and has also taught classes for the companies of Matthew Bourne and Michael Clarke.

In 2016 Sarah began studying to teach the Franklin Method® with Eric Franklin and is now a Level 3 educator.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

These classes are recommended for students aged 16+ and reflect the training given to students aged 16-19 studying at The Royal Ballet School. The classes are not suitable for beginner students, students with limited experience or students under 15 years old.

For these classes, we recommend that:

  • Students are regularly training in a recognised classical ballet syllabus at a vocational level of Advanced 2 or above, or studying at an equivalent level in full-time vocational training
  • Students have an excellent and broad knowledge of ballet vocabulary and can follow the class using only verbal instruction if necessary
  • Students will have strong and secure basic technique with an understanding of correct placement
  • Barrework should be strong with clean execution and secure demi-pointe work
  • Adage will have strong, secure placement and extensions will be at 90 degrees or above
  • Pirouettes are secure and students will have the ability to execute multiple turns
  • Allegro, including batterie, should be executed with good understanding of secure take-off and landings
  • Students undertaking pointe work will be confident in advanced exercises.

What do I need to participate?

These classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • Any apparatus used for a barre is stable and safe
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teacher’s verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a dance class. Soft ballet shoes should be worn for ballet, not pointe shoes. Bare feet, socks or suitable shoes should be worn for contemporary and Pilates
  • The student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part.

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