Junior School

The Junior School strives to provide exceptional standards of ballet tuition for all abilities whilst emphasising an open and inclusive community ethos.

Entry Requirements

Open to children of all abilities 3-18 years

Programme Length

Weekly classes after school, 3 terms per academic year

Open Days

To be announced

Fees

Paid termly, 3 terms per academic year

Application Process

Application form, followed by trial class

Uniform

Required, from Freed of London

Overview

Class Content

The in-house syllabus specifically tailored across eleven levels for pupils aged 3-18 years is created to run in line with academic school years and provides a solid foundation on which aspiring ballet dancers can build. This is consistent with the approach of our Associate Programme and Undergraduate Degree Programme.

Classes commence with Pre-Ballet for children aged 3, (turning 4), in the year before they start school. The youngest levels focus on the development of rhythm, co-ordination, musicality and imagination. By Level 2 a more formal approach is adopted, building a basic knowledge of ballet vocabulary and posture. As pupils progress through the levels these core principles are expanded and refined so that by Level 6 pupils have a broad knowledge of ballet vocabulary and are beginning to develop a sense of musicality and expression. The higher Levels (7-9) are excellent training ground for pupils who may wish to pursue dance as a career as well as those who are keen to develop their hobby to a high standard. Levels 8 and 9 are two-year programmes; Level 8 is for pupils in School Years 8 and 9, and Level 9 is for pupils in School Years 10 and 11. There are also Boys Only Ballet classes on a Friday evenings for boys from 8-16 years, with classes available for those experienced or new to ballet. The oldest group, the 16-18 Years Ballet is designed for pupils who have 5 years or more experience in Ballet and wish to progress with dance at college or university level. Beginners Ballet is for boys and girls aged 12-16 years interested in pursuing ballet as a hobby but have not had any lessons before. The class is a fun introduction to Ballet in a supportive environment. We welcome pupils of all abilities with entry, subject to availability

Junior School classes take place on Monday to Friday evenings from 4.30pm onwards.

Attend an Open Day

A regular series of open days is planned for prospective students to visit Central’s new premises, The Countess of Wessex Studios in London’s South Bank area in Southwark. This will provide an opportunity to see the new facilities available for Junior School pupils and to meet some of the tutors who deliver the course. The dates and arrangements will be publicised on this website once Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Entry Requirements

Children aged 3-18 years with classes for different ages, experience, and abilities. See class content above.

How to Apply

Step 1

Each pupil must submit an application form.

Step 2

Admittance is by attendance to a trial class, usually take place in the first two weeks of the Autumn and Spring terms. New starters are not admitted during the Summer term.

Step 3

In the case of full classes, we operate a waiting list.

Fees

Fees are paid termly, 3 terms per academic year.

Term Dates

3 terms per year – Autumn Sep-Dec, Spring Jan-March/April, Summer April-July

Timetable

Classes take place Monday-Friday from 4.30pm during term time.

Student Support

  • Additional events such as Family Week, Junior School Show, hair demonstration week
  • Degree students assist with all Pre-Ballet-Level 2 classes

Uniform

Only available from Freed of London, unique to Junior School.