Ballet Training

Up Close / Dance Education

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a ballet class with Birmingham Royal Ballet? Or wanted to meet and be taught by a professional dancer?

Our Birmingham-based taster sessions include the chance to improve your technique, learn ballets from the Company's repertoire, look at costumes, and give a small performance for your parents/guardians. We hope that these sessions will be inspirational to those taking part, and continue your enjoyment and passion for dance.

Ballet repertoire classes are held in our touring venues, supporting and making Birmingham Royal Ballet's tour accessible to local ballet students. The workshops are linked to the current repertoire and led by a professional artist and a pianist. Sometimes there will be additional events available such as make-up demonstrations, an insight into the costumes or talks with Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers. Over time you could build up great experience of our wide-ranging and innovative choreography.

Repertoire Insights are full-day workshops that take place in Birmingham Royal Ballet's studios. They aim to assist young dancers to achieve their full potential and offer an insight into life with a professional ballet company, at the same time as making Birmingham Royal Ballet's current repertoire known and accessible. Ballet teachers are welcome to come and observe their students' participation.

Classes are listed here when available.


Training Development Programme

The Ballet Development Programme is a series of ten monthly coaching sessions for eight- to 16-year-olds, taught by Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Samara Downs and Soloist Arancha Baselga at the Company's studios in Birmingham.

The programme will support the development of ballet technique, performance skills, confidence, drama and acting skills and repertoire and provide an insight into the workings of a professional ballet company.

The programme aims to assist young dancers to achieve their full potential, offering an insight into the work involved in being a professional ballet dancer and the workings of a professional ballet company. The sessions aim to make Birmingham Royal Ballet's current repertoire known and accessible, and will be taught by Birmingham Royal Ballet Company dancers and accompanied by a pianist.

We hope that the sessions will be inspirational and enjoyable, whilst nurturing talent and passion for dance.


Including in the price of the Development Programme:

- Nine development sessions, including two dance classes each - one technical and one repertoire class.

- A performance sharing to conclude the programme

- A backstage tour

- A free Junior BRB Friends Membership package, including discounts to open class, exclusive access to the Company and what's on next, hints and tips on ballet technique, repertoire resources and Company Dancers' biographies.

- Hair/make-up tutorial

- Discounted tickets for a BRB performance

The list of Training dates is as follows:

Sunday 30 April 2017

Sunday 21 May 2017

Sunday 25 June 2017

Sunday 16 July 2017

Sunday 24 September 2017

Sunday 22 October 2017

Sunday 19 November 2017

Sunday 17 December 2017

Sunday 21 January 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018

8-11 year olds

9.00-11.00am each Training day; £300.00 in full

12-14 year olds

11.15am-1.15pm each Training day; £300.00 in full

15-16 year olds

1.45-4.15pm each Training day; £375.00 in full

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