The course in Classical Ballet and associated subjects offers intensive vocational training and education to prepare dancers for auditions and a professional career in dance. It is suitable for pre-professional students in their final year, professional dancers who have had time-out through injury or for other reasons, and graduate or overseas students who seek to enhance their audition opportunities.
Performance opportunities are numerous, both in our own theatre and at professional venues. All the students benefit from our association with Birmingham Royal Ballet. There are opportunities to discover what a professional dancer’s life is like. Many students will have the opportunity to perform with the Company.
Graduates are given guidance on preparing their Curricula Vitae and the collation of an appropriate portfolio prior to auditioning for professional engagements during their final term at Elmhurst.
Elmhurst’s Dance Faculty comprises teachers who have danced with international companies and who are well placed to guide, inspire and polish graduates’ performances with their own passion for dance. There are also opportunities for participants to be seen by Elmhurst’s numerous visitors and guests, including many professional dancers and choreographers.
Elmhurst's one year pre-professional course can be individually tailored but will include classes from the following curriculum alongside preparation for auditions.
Pointework and Virtuosity (women)
Classical Repertoire and Solos
Pas de Deux
Jazz Technique and Styles/Tap
Musical Theatre workshops
Sthenos Upper Body (men)
Integrated professional studies
• Students undertake workshops with visiting teachers, dancers and company directors where appropriate.
• Please note: this curriculum is typical of what Elmhurst's Pre-professional course can offer, but may be altered as deemed necessary.