The Academy of Balletic Arts - Ballet Boost
The Academy of Balletic Arts is a forward-thinking London ballet school for 11 – 16 years olds who wish to pursue a vocational alternative to Lower School.
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The Academy of Balletic Arts

The Academy of Balletic Arts (ABA) is a forward-thinking London ballet school for 11 – 16 years olds who wish to pursue a vocational alternative to Lower School.

Leaving home to pursue full-time ballet training can be a daunting process. The Academy of Balletic Arts was founded by former English National Ballet dancer, Emma Northmore, to provide talented young dancers with a vocational alternative to Lower School. Students receive all the essential elements of full time ballet training, whilst maintaining time in the family home and benefiting from the support this environment provides.

Students are selected based on their potential for success in classical ballet. They must be mature and driven in their approach to training.

Small class sizes (approximately 4-12 students, depending on the day of the week) to ensure an individual approach to each child for optimum improvement.

ABA is extremely accommodating in terms of events at school and the need for flexibility. Classes can be carried over from week to week. We also assist in contacting schools to obtain permission to attend. All our current and previous students have managed to balance school homework and dancing beautifully! Great organisational skills for life are imbedded with the need for time management and focussed training! We do less hours, have less injuries and achieve 100 percent success rate for Upper school auditions! We also provide wonderful ballet pianists.

About the Academy

Location: Pineapple Dance Studios, Covent Gardens

The Academy is dedicated to ensuring its students achieve the highest possible standards in order to secure a place at their Upper School of choice and have a successful career in a distinguished ballet company. We deliver training that meets international standards to ensure that your child is capable of obtaining work in other countries as well as working for choreographers from around the world.

By enriching our students with knowledge and self-belief, we can unlock a level of talent that surpasses their original expectations.

The Academy’s approach to teaching delivers students with a deeper insight into their personal ability at an earlier age than most. Our progressive training programme provides a comprehensive approach to your child’s physical and personal development as a dancer, nurturing the mind as well as the body. We empower students with the ability to take ownership of their technique so they can enjoy exploring their possibilities, and improve at a faster rate.

I will only select students with a realistic chance of succeeding as a professional ballet dancer. Classes are therefore small with a very personal approach to each child’s training.

Academy Teachers

Emma Northmore

Seniors

Deirdre Chapman

Upper (Friday)

Sarah Daultry

Lower (Monday & Wednesday)

Monique Aaliyah

Lower (Friday)

Katie Deacon

Upper (Tuesday & Thursday)

Guest Teachers

Seniors

Katie Gibson

Professional dancer & pilates instructor

Katie is a professional ballet dancer who danced for the Suzanne Farrell Ballet company for a number of years. Academy students will have a pilates session with Katie, and be provided with a programme of exercises. To ensure this area of training is maintained, we will also individually source good teachers who can provide extra training at a venue that is closer to the student’s home.

Luke Abnett (BPhty, MCSP, HCPC)

Physio

Luke is highly experienced physiotherapist to professional ballet dancers, having served six years at the Royal Ballet School and a number of other prestigious schools in London. Academy students will receive a personalised exercise plan for home practice and their ongoing progress will be assessed through in-class observation.

Academy Schedule

Summer 2020

All classes held at Pineapple Dance Studios.

  • Juniors

    • Monday: 16:30 – 18:00
    • Wednesday: 16:30 – 18:00, 18:00 – 18:30 Pointe
    • Friday: 16:30 – 18:00 / 16:30 – 19:30 (on even weeks)

  • Seniors

    • Tuesday: 16:30 – 18:00
    • Thursday: 16:30 – 18:00
    • Friday: 16:30 – 18:00 / 16:30 – 19:00 (on odd weeks)

Student Destinations

Clarice – English National Ballet School (ENBS) Jess – The Royal Ballet School (RBS)
Anya – English National Ballet School (ENBS) Jemima – English National Ballet School (ENBS) Tara – The Royal Ballet School (RBS)Sacha – Zurich Dance Academy
Sophie – English National Ballet School (ENBS) Anabelle – Central School of Ballet
Shanti – English National Ballet School (ENBS) Leo – European School of Ballet
Felix – European School of Ballet
Issie – Central School of Ballet
Grace – Central School of Ballet
Jacob – English National Ballet School (ENBS)

Apply to the Academy of Balletic Arts

Academy Audition: Friday 29th March 2019

The 2019 audition for the Academy will be held at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Please complete our online application form, including photographs of the following:

 

Arabesque en l’air, facing front plié in first position, facing front tendu in second position, if on pointe – 4th position en pointe

A standard fee of £30 will apply per student application. This can be paid in cash on the day or by bank transfer (please contact us for details). Please ensure you are available between 6pm – 8pm on the audition day. Your exact audition time will be communicated with you after your application has been reviewed.

 

Due to the high number of applicants, we will be unable to provide individual feedback.