Intensive course for 11+: Series 1

A series of classes for 11-13-year-olds to develop their dancing, refine their classical ballet technique and explore character work.


  • 5 classes
  • Suitable for 11+

This series is for dancers aged 11+ to complement their dance training and help them develop and refine their dancing. The series includes two ballet classes, each focusing on different aspects of ballet technique; as well as two focus classes specifically working on the basic elements of posture, effective foot articulation and coordination. The series also includes a character class exploring the style of Polish court and folk dance.


All lessons in this course are also available to buy individually.


Classes included:

What you will learn

  • How to develop confidence through body awareness and dynamics
  • How to use accurate placement to aid transfer of weight
  • An introduction to the basics of pointe work
  • An awareness of placement through postural alignment
  • An introduction to Polish court and folk dances.

Your Tutors

Liane McRae

Ballet Teacher

José Carayol

Artistic Manager

Kate Swainston

Character Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

These classes are recommended for students aged 11+ and reflect the training given to students aged 11-13 studying at The Royal Ballet School. The classes are not suitable for beginner students, students with limited experience or students under 11 years old.

For these classes, we recommend that:

  • Students are studying a syllabus delivered by a recognised classical dance awarding body, or if attending full-time vocational training, the method of training provided at their school
  • Students have a good knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary.

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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