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Introduction to Dance Styles (ages 13-17)

Summer School for Children and Young People


This fun and energetic five-day in-person dance summer school allows young people age 13 – 17 to experience a variety of dance genres and improve their overall technique.

Participants will be taught by professional teaching artists and will study non-syllabus technique classes in a selection of dance styles that may include jazz, ballet, contemporary dance, musical theatre, commercial, street dance, dance theatre and choreography.

You will be taught short pieces of repertoire from West End productions by West End performers in a safe and encouraging environment, with opportunities to develop basic choreographic skills.

You will be expected to creatively engage with other students in the group and also complete some partner work and solo tasks.

By the end of this course participants will have:

  • Explored a variety of dance styles and performance technique
  • Experienced a professional approach to practice
  • Increased their fitness, strength and stamina
  • Gained a basic understanding of creative tools and choreographic devices
  • Watched and discussed the work of a variety of professional choreographers

This summer course is aimed at young people who wish to improve their dance technique across a range of dance genres. The course is also suitable for those considering further dance training.

It will take place in one of our beautiful dance spaces at the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks and will culminate in an informal sharing of the work created during the week for family and friends.

Please note, on the first day teaching staff will observe students as they participate in classes and stream them into groups appropriate to their level. The purpose of this is to ensure everyone gets the most out of the course and is taking part in activities suitable for their experience.

If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at

You may also be interested in: Musical Theatre (ages 12-14) , Musical Theatre (ages 15-17)

The important details

13 - 17


29 July - 2 August 2024

Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm

The Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks, 210 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G4 9RR

Course Information

This course is open access for young people aged 13 – 17 who have at least a few years dance experience.

Whilst no formal qualifications are required, it is recommended that students have experience in dance technique classes (ballet, jazz or contemporary) to feel confident and fully benefit from the course.

If you are unsure about whether this course is suitable for you, please contact us on

No advance preparation is required for this course.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes suitable for dancing – for example leggings and a t-shirt or leotard for girls, shorts or light/loose trousers for boys. Jazz shoes should be worn and participants should be willing to work in bare feet for contemporary classes.

Students should bring water and healthy snacks as this course will be very physical. We recommend that a packed lunch is brought to the course as options for buying lunch near Wallace Studios are limited.

Introduction to Dance Styles (ages 13-17) runs Monday, 29 July – Friday, 2 August, from 10am – 4pm.

Summer Accommodation

We are pleased to welcome students from across the world to our Summer Schools. Our course fees do not include accommodation or food, and these should be organised by the student. Our campus is located in Glasgow city centre, and you can find the addresses below.

We recommend Base Glasgow, as purpose-built accommodation for Conservatoire students, with Rehearsal Rooms, Practice spaces and Dance Studios. Base Glasgow is perfectly suited for our summer school students; both safe and secure, with 24/7 staff presence and only 3 mins walk from our main Renfrew Street building, keeping travel costs to a minimum.

Classic En-Suite rooms come with a 3/4 bed, en-suite bathroom, ample storage, mirror, study desk and chair. The shared area includes a spacious lounge and kitchen area.

Please note that Short Courses staff are not affiliated with BASE or on site outwith the summer school teaching hours, and therefore cannot take responsibility for students outside of these hours.

For more information about booking accommodation at BASE Glasgow you can contact them directly via website BASE – Student Accommodation in Glasgow or email

Alternatively, there are plenty of hotels, hostels, and b’n’b options available. We are located close to transport links should you wish to stay outside the city centre. If you are travelling to Glasgow for a course, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers course fees, travel, accommodation, and cancellations due to COVID-19 – as RCS will not refund in this circumstance. You can view the Cancellations and Refund policy for full information.

For students under 18 years old, we strongly advise travelling with a responsible adult should any emergency situations arise during class. Students are only monitored by staff during class times.

Renfrew Street Campus: 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB
Wallace Studios Campus: 210 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G4 9RR

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

We run various promotional offers for our Short Courses and Summer Schools. You can view our current offers on our Promotional Offers page.

You should contact us at to request your discount code before booking a course.

Please note, only one promotional offer can be applied per course and should be used at the time of booking as we are unable to apply a discounts retrospectively.

Please see our Short Course FAQs for more information about all aspects of choosing, booking and attending your course.

Please see our Short Courses – Terms and Conditions for more information about your contract with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Cancellation and Refund policies.

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