This five-day in-person summer school is for young people aged approx. 14+ (secondary 3 and upwards) who are interested in strengthening and further developing their skills in classical ballet technique, repertoire and contemporary dance.
The course runs twice during our summer programme. Students are able to attend one or both weeks – attending both will be particularly beneficial to those working towards/currently in vocational training. The course will run between 10am – 4pm daily
The course is taught by staff who work on the RCS BA Modern Ballet programme, with additional expert guest teachers. Students will benefit from having the opportunity to creatively engage with the different styles taught by these specialists in the field of ballet and contemporary dance.
The course is practical, rigorous and aims to prepare young dancers working towards or currently in vocational dance training. Students will have daily classical technique classes with pointework for girls and virtuosity for boys. Additionally, students will participate in classes in a range of supporting subjects, including contemporary dance, classical repertoire, solos, creative/choreography and conditioning. Classes will be accompanied by pianists/percussionists.
By the end of the courses students should have:
- strengthened their classical ballet technique
- experienced a professional approach to practice
- participated in repertoire, creative, conditioning and contemporary sessions
The summer school aims to create an inspiring, challenging and supporting environment for young dancers to further develop their skills and talents.
The course will take place in our beautiful dance spaces at the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks.
Please note, students should be working at a strong Intermediate/Advanced level in ballet to benefit fully from the course.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. There are plenty hotel, hostels, and bnb 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
Although students do not need to have any formal ballet qualifications, previous ballet experience is essential and students should be working at approximately Advanced Foundation level in ballet to benefit fully from the course.
For this course, students should be approximately aged 14+ years old, and have been in Secondary 3 or above in the year 2021-22.
No advance preparation is required, but students should ensure they are at a level of fitness to participate fully in this highly practical course.
Students should wear ballet practice clothes (leotard, ballet tights) for classical classes and footless tights for contemporary classes. Soft pointe/canvas shoes should be worn for class and girls should bring pointe shoes.
Students should bring water, a packed lunch and healthy snacks as this course will be very physical.
“Stimulating, exciting and inspiring – a chance to dance with some great people and incredible teachers, sharing in our mutual love of ballet.” (2019 participant)
“Excellent experience to develop technique, learning ability, friendships and confidence.” (2019 particpant)
“Very challenging but a great experience to quickly improve your classical ballet skills.” (2019 particpant)
“This summer course was a full, intensive and beautiful course.I have had the opportunity to work with amazing teachers who gave me lot of advice to improve but I have also challenged myself and tested my creativity. It was a great opportunity to improve my skills and to meet other people. I have loved it!” (2019 participant)
“The course gave me a very realistic insight into a career in dance and what would be expected due to the levels of stamina required to complete each class to the best of ability. I feel it is very important to be aware of this aspect of a career in dance.” (2019 participant)
“An eye opening experience into the ballet and contemporary classes on the BA course.” (2018 participant)
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.
More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.