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Students live in a friendly and caring community which is committed to their safety and welfare. Students receive outstanding Health &
Well-being support specifically designed for dancers.
We are proud to be a world class centre of excellence for the training and education of classical ballet dancers where graduating students are prepared to secure contracts with national and international ballet companies. Teachers come from successful professional dance backgrounds and teach with passion and commitment.
A student-focussed learning experience maximises each studentís potential in learning, living and dancing skills. The positive learning environment and high expectations prepare our graduates for life in the very best national and international ballet companies.
Elmhurst in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet is a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of ballet dancers. Students are equipped with the skills, resilience and creativity to succeed and make a difference in the professional dance world and beyond.
Upper School Dance
Elmhurst Ballet School aims to produce excellent classical dancers with the emphasis on purity of line, musicality, artistry and a strong technique. Most world class classical ballet companies have a repertoire which includes strong elements of all dance disciplines. It is not sufficient for dance students to be proficient in classical ballet alone. For this reason Elmhurst offers a comprehensive programme to include Contemporary, Jazz and Flamenco. The classical ballet curriculum is
supported by Mat Mattox based jazz technique and Cunningham/Graham based contemporary technique.
Students also study intensively Pas de Deux, Solos, Upper Body for male students, Pointe Work for female students and, in conjunction with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Repertoire. Students are assessed in their dance studies at regular intervals. The assessment procedure is clear and fair. Assessment policies and procedures are available to all students. Upper School students study
for the two-year National Certificate in Professional Classical Ballet or the three-year National Diploma in Professional Dance, validated by Trinity College London. The Diploma is a Level 6 qualification, which is recognised on the new Further Education Qualification Framework as the vocational equivalent of an honours degree. It consists of modules that are assessed both internally and externally and moderated externally throughout the three-
year course. The Certificate is a Level 5 qualification.
Students auditioning for this course are accepted for their physical facility, technique and musical aptitude. In their final two years of training students may be selected to dance with Birmingham Royal Ballet in its productions in Birmingham and on National and International tours.
All Upper School students are intensively coached on a one-to-one basis in preparation for entering the annual Solo Competition
the finals of which are performed to an invited audience in our theatre. Additionally the students are encouraged to produce a piece of choreography to be performed in the school’s annual Choreographic Competition. During the last two years of study students may be selected to perform in various outreach programmes. This gives students valuable performance experience. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Learning Department are now recruiting sixth formers to assist in their schools' Outreach Programme.
Graduates are given guidance, during their final year, on preparing their Curriculum Vitae with appropriate photographs, DVDs and portfolios prior to auditioning for professional dance companies.
Summary of Course
Duration of course: three years, full time
Entry: application, audition and interview
Acceptance age: 16-18 years (in certain circumstances, students aged 15 may
Funding status: students may be either self-funded or be in receipt of a Dance and
External qualifications (optional): Royal Academy of Dance Examinations