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 student’s 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.

Post-graduate Dance

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.

Classical Ballet
Pointework and Virtuosity (women)
Virtuosity (men)
Classical Repertoire and Solos
Pas de Deux
Jazz Technique and Styles/Tap
Musical Theatre workshops
Sthenos Upper Body (men)
Integrated professional studies
Benesh Notation

• 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.

Summary of Course


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