Junior Associate class for 10-11 years

A class for 10-11-year-olds (Junior Associate level) to practice exercises to improve their arabesque position.


  • 1 Class
  • Suitable for 10+

This class gives age appropriate body conditioning exercises to support the development of the arabesque line. The class shows barre and centre exercises for accurate alignment in the 1st arabesque line (á terre and en l’air). The class also looks at the importance of transference of weight.

What you will learn

  • Learn exercises to strengthen the back to support arabesque line
  • Learn exercises to strengthen the turnout muscles in the derrière position
  • Develop and improve alignment in 1st arabesque both á terre and en l’air
  • Gain a good understanding of transference of weight from two feet to one.

Your Tutors

Laura Hatton

Associate Teacher

Laura trained at The Skelton Hooper School of Dance in Hull from age nine, where her passion for ballet and dance started.

At the age of 14, Laura commenced her training with The Royal Ballet School on their Senior Associate programme and at 16, she was successful in gaining a place at the Upper School where she trained for three years under both Dame Merle Park and Gailene Stock.
Laura performed with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet in many of their classical ballets including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, and William Tucket’s Dance Bites tour.
Laura later studied with the Royal Academy of Dance to become a registered RAD teacher and qualified in 2011.

Laura has been teaching for The Royal Ballet School's Junior Associate Programme in Leeds for the past 12 years and is now also a Senior Associate teacher.

Laura has had a wide variety of experience teaching ballet in many vocational schools and charity organisations in the North of England, such as SLP, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Centre of Advanced Training programme (CAT), and has been a guest teacher for Yorkshire Ballet Seminars for the past five years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

This class is recommended for students aged 10+ and reflects the training given to students aged 10-11 as part of The Royal Ballet School’s Junior Associate Programme. The class is not suitable for beginner students or students under 10 years old.

For this class, we recommend that:

  • Students are studying a syllabus delivered by a recognised classical dance awarding body
  • 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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