Students live in a friendly and caring community which is committed to their safety and welfare. Students receive outstanding Health & Well-being support specifically designed for dancers.
We are proud to be a world class centre of excellence for the training and education of classical ballet dancers where graduating students are prepared to secure contracts with national and international ballet companies. Teachers come from successful professional dance backgrounds and teach with passion and commitment.
A student-focussed learning experience maximises each studentís potential in learning, living and dancing skills. The positive learning environment and high expectations prepare our graduates for life in the very best national and international ballet companies.
Elmhurst in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet is a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of ballet dancers. Students are equipped with the skills, resilience and creativity to succeed and make a difference in the professional dance world and beyond.

Elmhurst Young Dancers


Audition dates and programme information for 2017 entry to Elmhurst's UK-wide weekend classes will be posted here once available.


Elmhurst has been running an Associate programme in Birmingham since 2006 (formerly Pre-Vocational Programme) and in Manchester, Plymouth and Sunderland since 2011.

The programme offers weekend dance classes to young dancers aged eight to 11 year olds. The programme is designed to engage students in dance while nurturing and developing excellence in classical ballet technique (current dance teacher's permission must be granted).

There are three terms of ten weeks' each.
No talented child will be excluded because of financial constraints.

Associate programme students are encouraged to audition for entry to Elmhurst at 11.

Audition Dates:

Birmingham -

Year 4 Boys and Girls, Saturday 14th May 2016

Year 5 & 6 Boys and Girls, Saturday 21st May 2016

Plymouth -

All Year Groups, Sunday 3rd July 2016  

Manchester -

All Year Groups, Saturday 11th June 2016 

Sunderland -

All Year Groups, Saturday 18th June 2016 

Click here to download an application form.
Our guide to the photographs needed is included in the Application Form download; girls should wear a leotard with bare legs and feet, boys should wear shorts and fitted t-shirt with bare legs and feet.


For enquiries about Elmhurst Young Dancers,contact the Registrar (click to e-mail)

Elmhurst School for Dance - Extended Associate Programme (Birmingham Only.)

Elmhurst is pleased to announce that it has commenced an extended associate programme at our main school site in Birmingham.

Classes are held on Saturday’s and we are initially running three levels/age groups

The classes have been based on external awarding bodies (RAD, BBO, ISTD, Checchetti) standard. Our intention is not to deliver a syllabus class, but work at that level with the appropriate vocabulary. We would like to challenge the students technically but emphasise musicality, artistry and of course, develop and inspire further a passion for the genre of classical ballet within the word of dance. 

Extended associate level 1 [Intermediate Foundation level class 1 hour 15 minutes] – Fee £10.50

This is aimed at students in years 7 to 8 and at Intermediate Foundation level or grades 4-5.

Extended associate Level 2 [Intermediate level and above 1 hour 30 minutes class] – Fee £12.75

This is aimed at students from year 9/10 or [possibly an advanced year 8] at Intermediate level or grades 6-8

Advanced associate class Level 3 [(Advanced Foundation and Advanced 1 and above 1 hour 30 minutes class] – Fee £12.75 

This is aimed at students from year 10/11 working towards Advanced Foundation or Advanced 1.

This class could also be suitable for students working towards full time vocational training

Body Conditioning – Fee £7.50

 Ballet classes are preceded by a non-compulsory 45 minute body conditioning class. The idea of this class is to warm up the students, identify and strengthen specific areas of technique, increase flexibility and target areas such as core stability  

Elmhurst Extended Associate audition date: Saturday 25th June (all levels)

Extended Associate Application Form

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