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Advanced Ballet Course - 3 months

Advanced Ballet Course - 3 months

Step into the world of professional ballet with our comprehensive 3 month course designed to refine technique, elevate artistry, and ignite musicality in aspiring dancers. 

This course acts as a finishing school that allows you to hone the skills and artistry of dedicated ballet dancers, preparing you to grace the world's stages with poise, passion, and precision.

Delve into the intricacies of pas de deux, where partnering becomes a graceful dialogue between dancers and explore the art of choreography, cultivating creativity and expression under expert guidance. Embark on a journey of mastery through exclusive masterclasses led by renowned dancers, offering invaluable insights and inspiration and Immerse yourself in the rich repertoire of classical ballet, studying iconic works that have shaped the art form.

And beyond the studio…..experience the magic of the theatre firsthand with curated visits to performances, gaining a deeper understanding of stagecraft and production. Peer behind the curtain with backstage tours and rehearsals, witnessing the dedication and teamwork that bring performances to life.

AUDITIONS NOW OPEN:

  • Sunday 26th May 2024
  • Tuesday 23rd July 2024
  • Saturday 17th August 2024

Apply here. 

IN SUMMARY, THIS COURSE WILL:

  • Refine and elevate your distinctive dance abilities through tailored training.
  • Engage in comprehensive dance instruction over multiple styles aimed at unlocking your full potential.
  • Craft a polished and professional showreel showcasing your skills.
  • Learn from a cohort of esteemed industry mentors and tutors, offering invaluable expertise.
  • Improve fitness levels and endurance crucial for a career in dance.
  • Hone performance skills, culminating in a final showcase with invited company Directors and industry professionals on the main stage at Sadlers Wells Theatre.
  • Provide exposure to the art form on stage through live performance.
  • Attend company rehearsals to further understand company life.
  • Access to enriching lectures covering essential topics like nutrition, health, audition strategies, and more.
  • Equip yourself for the demands of professional work, gaining the necessary preparation and confidence.

Format

Full time, Monday - Friday

Audition

Audition virtually or in person: Live auditions in London. Video audition available to those not able to attend.

Suitable for

Ballet Dancers advanced and above.

Key takeaway

Bridging the gap between vocational training and a professional career

Entry requirements

Must be 17+

"I feel we are erasing the movement

in our bodies with technology, [...]

dance celebrates the power of movement,

and when we move, we live,

movement is life."

Akram Khan, Dance

COURSE STRUCTURE

Intensive Technique Training:

  • Daily Classes: Advanced ballet technique classes focusing on refining form, strength, and flexibility.
  • Variation and Repertoire: Sessions dedicated to learning and mastering classical variations and contemporary repertoire.

Artistic Development:

  • Artistry Workshops: Emphasising expressiveness, musicality, and storytelling through movement.
  • Acting and Stage Presence: Training to convey emotions effectively on stage.

Masterclasses:

  • Renowned Dancers and choreographers will teach workshops and masterclasses, sharing their expertise and experience
  • Q&A: An intimate discussion session held directly after each masterclass

Mentorship and Guidance:

  • Individual Coaching: Tailored sessions with experienced instructors for personalised feedback and improvement.
  • Career Counselling: Guidance on auditioning, resume building, and navigating the professional dance world.

Performance Opportunities:

  • Showcase Performances: Regular opportunities to perform in front of peers and industry professionals.
  • Collaborations: Working with choreographers and artists from different genres to broaden artistic horizons.

Health and Well-being:

  • Injury Prevention: Workshops and sessions on proper nutrition, cross-training, and injury prevention techniques.
  • Mental Conditioning: Training to manage performance anxiety and stress.

Audition Preparation:

  • Mock Auditions: Simulated audition experiences to prepare students for the professional audition process.
  • Portfolio Development: Assistance in creating portfolios, reels, and promotional materials.

Theatre Visits:

  • Attendance at London Based Ballet Companies General Rehearsals: watch the fine tuning of a production before opening night.
  • Performance tickets: Attendance at performances of both local and visiting companies.

Structure:

  • Duration: 3 months, 12 weeks, providing a bridge between student life and a professional career.
  • Intensity: Full-time training with a balanced schedule to cover technical, artistic, and practical aspects.
  • Evaluation: Regular assessments to track progress and identify areas for improvement.

Faculty:

  • Experienced Instructors: Retired or current professionals with a track record in performance and teaching.
  • Guest Artists: Renowned dancers, choreographers, and industry experts invited for workshops and lectures.

Admission:

  • Entry requirements: Completion of a formal ballet training program or equivalent experience.
  • Audition Process: Selection based on skill, potential, and dedication to pursuing a professional career in dance.

Outcome:

  • Graduation and Transition: Equipping students with refined skills, artistic depth, and the confidence to enter the professional dance world, whether in companies or freelance.

KEY TAKEAWAY

By blending classical ballet tradition with style and artistry, we shape dancers into engaging storytellers on the classical ballet stage

Our approach

Mastering the delicate balance between rigorous vocational training and the refinement demanded by a professional ballet career is the hallmark of success in the classical realm. It's not just about perfecting technique, but also about infusing every movement with artistry and style, transcending mere steps to create an unforgettable performance. This journey requires dedication, discipline, and a deep understanding of the rich tradition of classical ballet. By embracing these elements, aspiring dancers can bridge the divide between training and professional achievement, embodying the grace and elegance that define this timeless art form

Our Advanced Ballet Course has been created for the advanced dancer looking to transition from being a student, to stage. Our 3 month course acts as a pivotal bridge, providing the necessary refinement, guidance, and exposure for emerging dancers to step confidently into the professional sphere while fostering a supportive and enriching environment for your growth.

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)

PBT is an ideal training system for improving classical dancers' strength, understanding and execution of technique through a series of technique advancing exercises building progressively to tone up the muscles specifically for ballet and classical performance. 

THE AUDITION PROCESS

AUDITIONS NOW OPEN:

  • Sunday 26th May 2024
  • Tuesday 23rd July 2024
  • Saturday 17th August 2024

There are two ways to audition:

1) Live audition: For a timetable of live auditions please see the booking and timetable tab above

2) Video audition: For those unable to make the live audition there is the option to send us a video. Please take special note of the video audition requirements.  

To send us a video audition please add your recorded audition to your application form.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Ballet Dancers at an Advanced level. 

Spread the cost

Interest-free payments to suit you.

At City Academy we are very happy to offer you flexible, interest-free payment plans to spread the cost for you. 

Please call our friendly Student Services team to arrange a payment plan, or fill in the form below and we will contact you. 

Call our team on 0207 042 8833 or contact us using the button below and we will get in touch with you shortly. 

YOUR CAREER

Our Advanced Ballet Course prepares you for a world of classical and contemporary Ballet Dance. Through rigorous training and lectures led by internationally renowned tutors you'll be equipped to forge a creative career in dance. 

Our network of tutors will guide you on your journey throughout the course, supporting you as you audition for professional work.

Your Tutors

We have gathered leading lights of the ballet world to lead our 1 Year Professional Ballet Course. Tutors represent the pinnacle of excellence both in performance and teaching.

WHERE TO STAY

Training in London puts you at the heart of this creative and vibrant city. It is a global hub for theatre and creative arts.

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PROFESSIONAL BALLET COURSE 1 YEAR

For more intense training you can audition for our Professional Ballet Course - 1 Year.

This course is aimed to intensify your dance training over 3 terms, working towards your career in the industry.

DATE DAY TIME (BST) DURATION TUTOR VENUE PRICE BOOKING
16 Sep - 13 Dec Mon 10:00-17:00 12 weeks (term break 28 Oct - 1 Nov) City Academy Dance Tutors City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £3,375.00
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20 Jan - 18 Apr Mon 10:00-17:00 12 weeks (term break 3rd - 7th March) City Academy Dance Tutors City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £3,750.00
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PAYMENT OPTIONS

You are welcome to join the course up to the second class.

ONLINE & PHONE PAYMENTS

Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.

Phone – We would be happy to take your booking over the phone, just call us on 020 7042 8833 .

CASH & CHEQUE PAYMENTS

Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 10 Herbal Hill, London EC1R 5EG.

Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

If you book 2 or more different classes/courses at a time we can offer you a 10% discount. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please enter 2ORMORE in the promotional code box when booking online or quote code when booking over the phone. Please note that this offer cannot be applied when you are booking two or more of the same class/course.

INDUSTRY TUTORS

City Academy tutors are experienced artists and performers that work in the industry. If your tutor's availability changes at short notice, our team will arrange for a suitable replacement and notify you in advance.

CANCELLATIONS POLICY

We offer a full refund or full credit of your original course if you cancel at least 72 hours before the start of your booking.

We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of your booking, or if you do not attend.

(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

DATE DAY TIME (BST) DURATION TUTOR VENUE PRICE BOOKING
16 Sep - 13 Dec Mon 10:00-17:00 12 weeks (term break 28 Oct - 1 Nov) City Academy Dance Tutors City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £3,375.00
10% OFF
Book Now
Click the gift icon to gift this course
Book Now
Gift this courseClick the gift icon to gift this course
20 Jan - 18 Apr Mon 10:00-17:00 12 weeks (term break 3rd - 7th March) City Academy Dance Tutors City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £3,750.00
Book Now
Click the gift icon to gift this course
Book Now
Gift this courseClick the gift icon to gift this course

PAYMENT OPTIONS

You are welcome to join the course up to the second class.

ONLINE & PHONE PAYMENTS

Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.

Phone – We would be happy to take your booking over the phone, just call us on 020 7042 8833 .

CASH & CHEQUE PAYMENTS

Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 10 Herbal Hill, London EC1R 5EG.

Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

If you book 2 or more different classes/courses at a time we can offer you a 10% discount. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please enter 2ORMORE in the promotional code box when booking online or quote code when booking over the phone. Please note that this offer cannot be applied when you are booking two or more of the same class/course.

INDUSTRY TUTORS

City Academy tutors are experienced artists and performers that work in the industry. If your tutor's availability changes at short notice, our team will arrange for a suitable replacement and notify you in advance.

CANCELLATIONS POLICY

We offer a full refund or full credit of your original course if you cancel at least 72 hours before the start of your booking.

We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of your booking, or if you do not attend.

(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

All City Academy tutors are experienced professionals from theatre, film/TV and performance industries. So whilst they're training you they may also be rehearsing for a West End show or working on a movie. We like that and we do believe it makes a difference in class.

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