The BAC Young Dancer programme aims to provide the committed young ballet dancer, who perhaps aspires to follow a professional pathway, access to high-quality coaching.
Having a proven track record of nurturing students who have gained places at top UK Ballet and Theatre Arts schools, we want to provide more opportunities for students to work with us and help bridge the gap between their potential and achieving their dreams. The Young Dancer programme is aimed to run alongside a dancer’s current training, providing the extra coaching they need to succeed.
We are very proud to be working alongside some of the best dancers & teachers in the country, including Laetitia Lo Sardo, former first Soloist at Birmingham Royal Ballet, whose previous teaching has seen her coaching students at Elmhurst Ballet School, among many other prestigious appointments.
Focus & Attention
The focus is on developing the foundations of strong classical ballet technique in our dancers, maximising their potential whilst teaching them how to care for their bodies and move safely.
The contents of the programme are tailor-made to fit the students who are taking part: group sizes are kept deliberately small, allowing the young dancer to benefit from lots of attention and care.
The 10-session programme runs at monthly intervals, mirroring the academic year. The dates for 2022 – 2023 are as follows:
- 25th September
- 23rd October
- 8th January
- 29th January
- 26th February
- 26th March
- 30th April
- 28th May
- 25th June
- 23rd July
Each session will last 2 ½ hours (2 hours for juniors) and will include a selection of the following:
- A non-syllabus classical ballet class – every session
- Pilates for dancers – every session
- Pointe work / Virtuosity
- Repertoire study
- Creative sessions
The programme is split into three separate sections: dancers will usually be placed into the group for their age, but the final placement depends upon the dancer’s skill level.
The sections are:
- Junior Dancers – usually school years 4-6 or up to RAD Grade 3 standard
- Mid Dancers – usually school years 7-9 or up to RAD Grade 5 / Vocational Intermediate Foundation standard
- Senior Dancers – usually school years 10+ or RAD Grade 6+/ Vocational Intermediate standard
Applications for the 2022 – 2023 Young Dancer Programme are now closed. The full information pack for this year can be downloaded below.