Central School Of Ballet - Junior School

Course Outline

A Strong Foundation

For aspiring dancers between 11 and 16 years (academic years 7 to 11) the Prep and Pre-Senior courses will help you to prepare for a future performing career.

This programme is made up of Saturday classes designed to complement your regular training, and your classes will run alongside the Senior School course.

Course Experience

Pupils are split into classes for boys and girls, with further grouping made with both age and ability taken into consideration. Pupils will only progress through the levels at the discretion of the teaching staff and subject to continual assessment. Please note that pupils may be asked to repeat a level at any time.

The following class division is therefore a guideline only and the school will decide which level is most suitable for each applicant:

  • Prep 1 Girls - 11-12 Years
  • Prep 2 Girls - 12-13 Years
  • Prep 3 Girls - 13-14 Years
  • Pre-Senior Girls - 14-16 Years
  • Prep Boys - 11-14 Years
  • Pre-Senior Boys - 14-16 Years

The programme includes (depending on level):

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Pointe work
  • Repertoire
  • Pilates
  • Dalcroze
  • Character

A Natural Progression

Our Prep and Pre-Senior courses offer invaluable preparation for full-time dance training. Many students move into Central's Senior School, and other leading ballet and dance schools once they reach 16. The programme is taught by Central's core staff of teachers including Stephen Williams (Artistic Assistant to the Directors & Men's Ballet Tutor). Associates also have opportunities to take classes in pilates, contemporary dance, character, dalcroze and pointe with the opportunity for other sessions such as nutrition information or advice on applying for vocational dance training.

Students from the Prep and Pre-Senior courses go on to study in a wide range of dance schools including Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst, Rambert, Laine, Northen and Tring. Please note that participation in the Prep and Pre-Senior courses is not a pre-requisite for entry to the Senior School course at Central School of Ballet. Applications and auditions for the Senior School are undertaken entirely separately.


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