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.

Audition Dates


Do you have the talent, passion and commitment to become a ballet professional of the future?

If you have answered yes, we would like to hear from you.  Please download and complete an application form for your chance to audition for a place at Elmhurst Ballet School

Lower School

The foundation of training at Elmhurst Ballet School is classical ballet with an emphasis on strong technique, musicality and artistry. Daily ballet classes are offered and structured accordingly to provide all of these elements.

Pointe work for female students starts from Year 7 and evolves accordingly as the students’ progress throughout the school. Supported Adage is introduced in Year 11, as an early introduction to pas de deux which formally starts in Year 12. A comprehensive programme consisting of contemporary, jazz, flamenco, folk, character and specialist strength and conditioning assists students with the necessary versatility to cope with the diverse repertoire of ballet companies and other creative industries.

Our students benefit greatly from Elmhurst’s association with Birmingham Royal Ballet where many students have the opportunity to perform with the company throughout their time in School.

There are four boarding houses onsite. Each boarding house is staffed by an experienced team of pastoral staff.


Upper School

During the three years of training in the Upper School the artistic curriculum is designed to prepare and equip students with the necessary skills and attributes to gain employment with world class dance companies.

Alongside their demanding dance training schedule our students study for two A levels in Year 12 and 13.

Our students become Elmhurst Ballet Company in their Graduate Year, an opportunity for them to produce their own work, tour as a company and take ballet out into the community. They will be introduced to new ways of working, new audiences and develop their interpersonal and coaching skills, enhancing their learning during their time with us.

Elmhurst students gain from the experience of being tutored by a large number of industry leading guest teachers and choreographers of international standing, including many Birmingham Royal Ballet Staff and Principal Dancers throughout their three years. The students will have performance opportunities with both national and international external companies, and are able to enter dance competitions at the discretion of the Principal and Artistic Director.

Students who graduate after the three-year Upper School Programme can achieve the National Diploma in Professional Dance, validated by Trinity College London. This enables the student, with one year’s additional study, to achieve a BA Hons degree in Dance undertaken with Middlesex University

Our Health & Wellbeing Centre offers a wide range of health and wellbeing services including our own physiotherapy service, mental health support, GP surgery and more.

Living accommodation for Years 12 and 13 is in our off site boarding house, ‘The Elms’ where students enjoy staying in apartment style living. Elmhurst Ballet Company members live in rented accommodation within easy access of the school. 

Our outstanding artistic and academic education is open to everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances. Means tested funding may be available either through the government Dance and Drama Award schemeDfES Music and Dance Scheme or School Bursaries.

We wish you the very best of luck!


Registration and audition form


Lower School Auditions for years 7-11

Tuesday 13th November  - closing date for applications Friday 19th October

Tuesday 27th November - closing date for applications Friday 2nd November

Tuesday 8th January - closing date for applications Friday 7th December

Tuesday 15th January - closing date for applications Friday 7th December 

Upper School Auditions for years 12-14

Wednesday 14th November - closing date for applications Friday 19th October

Wednesday 28th November - closing date for applications Friday 2nd November 

Wednesday 9th January - closing date for applications Friday 7th December

Wednesday 16th January - closing date for applications Friday 7th December 

Final Auditions

Lower School Boys – Wednesday 20th March

Lower School Girls – Thursday 21st March

Upper School Boys – Wednesday 27th March

Upper School Girls – Thursday 28th March

Applications will be allocated to an appropriate audition date on a first received, first allocated basis. We do our best to accommodate any requests for specific dates but for planning and practical reasons this may not always be possible.

Overseas auditions

From time to time we hold auditions outside the UK. They are listed here as details are confirmed.



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