Intensive course for 14+: Series 1

A series of classes for 14-15-year-olds to develop their dancing, refine their classical ballet technique and explore contemporary work.


  • 5 classes
  • Suitable for 14+

This series is for dancers aged 14+ to complement their dance training and guide them to develop and refine their dancing. The series includes two ballet classes, each focusing on key aspects of ballet technique; as well as a focus class specifically working on pirouette technique. The series also includes a contemporary class which explores transference of weight and using momentum and breath to fuel movement, and a Pilates class to strengthen and condition the body for ballet.


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


Classes included:

What you will learn

  • How to use foot articulation and coordinate the arms and legs
  • How to achieve improved posture, alignment and weight placement
  • Key elements of good pirouette technique
  • Using transference of weight, momentum and breath in contemporary work
  • Practicing breathing, connection and strengthening of muscles, turnout and strengthening of the feet in Pilates.

Your Tutors

Belinda Hatley

Artistic Manager of the Development Programme

Valeri Hristov

Ballet Teacher

Didy Veldman

Contemporary Teacher and Contemporary Programme Manager

Leire Ortueta

Pilates Instructor

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

These classes are recommended for students aged 14+ and reflect the training given to students aged 14-15 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, are studying at Intermediate vocational level or above
  • Students have a good to excellent knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary
  • Students can execute a secure double pirouette and maintain extensions in adage at 90 degrees and above
  • Feet and ankles are strong, secure and able to stretch well
  • Students have good flexibility
  • Allegro can be executed with a clear understanding of how to link a sequence of steps together in a choreographed exercise
  • Students undertaking pointe work should be confident in executing basic pointe 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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