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Pre-Junior Conservatoire of Dance

The Pre-Junior Conservatoire of Dance programme will inspire and teach the next generation of dancers, starting with core skills at an early education level.

Overview

We offer the Pre-Juniors ballet programme at RCS in Glasgow, Dumfries House in East Ayrshire, and Dalkeith Palace in Midlothian.

These dance classes are delivered as part of the Junior Conservatoire offering from RCS and young students are encouraged to develop their ballet technique, creativity and performance skills. We look for young people who are enthusiastic about dance, want to learn new skills and show potential and an aptitude for rhythm and movement.

We now also offer contemporary and jazz dance technique classes in Glasgow to compliment the training of our youngest dancers.

Applications for 2024/25 are still open.

Ballet auditions for the 2024/25 academic year take place on Saturday the 8th of June 2024

The important details

For Ages:
Primary 3—7

Application Deadline:
15 May 2024

Venue:
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 100 Renfrew Street Glasgow G2 3DB

Dates:
31 August 2024 - 20 June 2025

Time:
Please see the Days & Times section below

Open Day
Monday the 22nd of April 2024

Cost
£400/£500/£600


Why Pre-Juniors Dance at the Junior Conservatoire?

Benefits of studying at the Junior Conservatoire include:

  • Specifically designed educational dance courses for younger students who aspire to develop their dance technique.
  • Receive specialist training in bespoke dance studios at the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks, Dalkeith Palace in Edinburgh or at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.
  • Our Pre-Juniors dance programme links to our Juniors Modern Ballet Programme. https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/juniors-modern-ballet/
  • We offer classical ballet training in Ayrshire, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Learn in small class sizes, ensuring you receive detailed one-to-one and group teaching
  • Receive regular feedback reports throughout the year to ensure you are getting the most out of the programme
  • Learn with live music – our ballet students work with an accompanist each week.
  • We also offer contemporary and jazz dance technique classes in Glasgow to compliment the training of our youngest dancers.

Class Locations & Times

Mondays

Primary 5 Ballet: 5pm-6.15pm

Primary 6 Ballet: 6.15pm- 7.30pm

Primary 7 Ballet: 5.15pm- 6.45pm

Tuesdays

Primary 3 Ballet: 5pm-6.15pm

Primary 5-6 Contemporary Dance: 5.15pm-6.15pm

Wednesdays

Primary 3-4 Modern Dance: 5pm-6pm

Primary 4 Ballet: 6.15pm – 7.30pm

Thursdays

Primary 5-6 Jazz Dance Technique: 5pm-6.15 pm

 

Primary 7 students also have the option to attend the following classes:

Mondays

Level 1 Jazz Dance Technique: 7pm – 8.30pm

https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/junior-conservatoire-jazz-dance-technique/

Tuesdays

Level 1 Contemporary Dance Technique: 6.30pm-8.30pm

https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/juniors-contemporary-dance/

Sundays

Young Ballet Company: 10am-3pm

https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/young-ballet-company/

Tuesdays

Primary 4- 5: 5 pm- 6.15 pm

Primary 6-7: 6.15 pm – 7.30 pm

This is a fully funded programme for Ayrshire residents only.

 

Mondays

Primary 4 – 5: 5.45 pm -7 pm

Primary 6 – 7:  5.45 pm -7 pm


Entry Requirements

To gain a place on our Pre-Junior Conservatoire of Dance programme at any of our locations, you must take part in an audition, a simple ballet, jazz or contemporary class, where you can meet the teachers and ask any questions.

We do not ask for previous dance experience or formal entry requirements from Primary 3-5 auditionees. Instead, we look for students’ natural rhythm, potential and eagerness to learn dance.

If you are auditioning for Primary 6-7, we ask that you have a few years of ballet experience.


Fees & Funding

Glasgow 2024/25

Primary 3 Ballet £400

Primary 4-6 Ballet £500

Primary 7 Ballet £600

Primary 3-4 Modern Dance £400

Primary 5-6 Contemporary Dance £400

Primary 5-6 Jazz Dance £500

Edinburgh 2024/25:

All Levels £500

East Ayrshire: this a fully funded programme for Ayrshire residents only


How to Apply

Applications for audition for the Pre-Junior Ballet programme will be accepted between November 2024 — May 2025.

Each application has an associated fee of £45 per art form (apart from Dumfries House applications). Please contact us if you need financial support.

We will contact you after the closing date – 15th May 2024 – with details of the audition date and time we can offer you.

More information on the process and what is expected will be issued after the applications close.

We want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to apply for the Pre-Junior Conservatoire of Dance programme. We will audition every student who applies on time.

Auditions for our Pre-Juniors Contemporary and Jazz Dance Technique classes will take place on the 27th of June.  Further information can be found on these pages:

Junior Conservatoire Jazz Dance Technique | Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (rcs.ac.uk)

Contemporary Dance Technique | Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (rcs.ac.uk)

 


Audition Information

Ballet Audition date 2024 – Saturday 8th June 2024.

We will contact you after the application closing date 15th May 2024 with details of the audition time that we can offer you.

Please note we are unable to accommodate rescheduling requests should you be unavailable. Please note that we audition on weekdays, weekends and evenings, including during school term.

Contemporary and Jazz Dance Technique Auditions will take place on Thursday the 27th of June.

Term Dates 2023/24

Term Dates 2024/25

Term 1

31st August – 20th December 2024

(No classes 5th – 18th October)

Term 2

4th January – 4th April 2025

(No classes 15th – 21st February)

Term 3

19th April – 20th June 2025

 

 

 

TBC

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the Junior Conservatoire or the application process please don’t hesitate to contact us at juniorsdance@rcs.ac.uk.