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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.

Sixth Form Dance

Sixth Form students are accepted for their physical facility and aptitude. These are the essential qualities necessary to complete an intensive training such as that required to meet the ever-increasing demands of dance companies. By the end of this three-year programme, students should have developed the range of techniques, artistry, self-belief and maturity to accept responsibility for their own progress within a major dance company and should know an expanded repertoire of classical
and contemporary works.

Sixth Formers study for the National Diploma in Professional Dance, awarded by Trinity College, London. This is a Level 6 qualification, which is recognised on the new Further Education Qualification Framework as the vocational equivalent of an honours degree. It consists of modules that are assessed both internally and externally and moderated externally throughout the three-year course.

Ofsted Report
The Ofsted (The Office of Standards in Education) inspection report of this course listed the school's key strengths as 'very good and outstanding teaching; highly effective strategic management; high technical standards; high standards of performance in productions; thorough pastoral and academic support; effective staff appraisal'. In addition classes were said to be 'well structured and teaching focuses effectively on each discipline and its particular requirements'.

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Curriculum

First and Second Years
Classical Ballet
Pointework and Virtuosity (women)
Virtuosity (men)
Classical Repertoire and Solos
Pas de Deux
Contemporary
Choreography
Jazz Technique and Styles/Tap
Musical Theatre workshops
Flamenco
Sthenos Upper Body (men)
Integrated professional studies
Benesh Notation

Third Year
Classical Ballet
Pointework and Virtuosity (women)
Virtuosity (men)
Classical Repertoire and Solos
Pas de Deux
Contemporary
Choreography
Jazz Technique and Styles/Tap
Musical Theatre workshops
Sthenos Upper Body (men)
Integrated professional studies

Summary of Course

Dance and Drama Awards


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