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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.


We offer this 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.

Applications for 2024/25 are now open.

Join us for our Open Evening on Monday the 22nd of April 2024. To register for attendance at this event, click here.

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

The important details

For Ages:
Primary 4—7

Application Deadline:
15 May 2024

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 100 Renfrew Street Glasgow G2 3DB

26 August 2024 - 10 June 2025

Please see the Days & Times section below

Open Day
Monday the 22nd of April 2024

Glasgow & Edinburgh: £715 ; Ayrshire: fully-funded

Why Pre-Juniors Dance at the Junior Conservatoire?

Benefits of studying at the Junior Conservatoire include:

  • Specifically designed educational dance course for younger students who aspire to develop ballet 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.
  • 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

Class Locations & Times


Primary 4- 5: 5 pm-6.15 pm

Primary 6 -7: 6.15 pm- 7.30 pm


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.



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 class, where you can meet the teachers and ask any questions.

We do not ask for previous dance experience or formal entry requirements from Level 1 auditionees. Instead, we look for students’ natural rhythm, potential and eagerness to learn dance.

If you are auditioning for Level 2, we ask that you have a few years of ballet experience.

Fees & Funding

Glasgow: £715

Edinburgh: £715

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.



Audition Information

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.

Term Dates 2023/24

28th August- 11th December 2023 (no sessions 16th and 23rd October)

8th January – 25th March 2024 (no session 12th February)

15th April- 10th June 2024



12th September – 12th December 2023 (no sessions 17th and 24th October)

9th January – 26th March 2024 (no sessions 13th and 20th February)

23rd April – 11th June 2024

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the Junior Conservatoire or the application process please don’t hesitate to contact us at