Photo: Brian Slater

Our work with primary schools

Our Dance Partnership & Access Programme offers a variety of opportunities for primary schools including: primarySTEPS; INSIGHT events and Museum visits.


primarySTEPS is a national junior school programme which aims to provide Year 3 (7-8 yrs) class groups with a positive introduction to ballet; and initial creative ballet training for selected children, who would not otherwise have the opportunity. Our centres are:


In partnership with Bispham High School for Performing Arts, The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training, and five local primary schools: Anchorsholme Primary, Bispham Endowed Primary, Devonshire Primary, Layton Primary and Revoe Primary.

Bury St Edmunds

In partnership with King Edward VI School, DanceEast, and six local primary schools: Guildhall Feoffment Primary, Hardwick Primary, Howard Primary, Sexton’s Manor Primary, Tollgate Primary and Westgate Primary.


In partnership with Dagenham Park CE School, Trinity Laban, and five local primary schools: Beam Primary, Godwin Primary, John Perry Primary, Marsh Green Primary and William Ford Junior.

Mansfield Woodhouse

In partnership with The Manor Academy, Dance 4, and five local primary schools: Leas Park Junior, Peafield Lane Primary, Northfield Primary, Robin Hood Primary and St Edmunds CE Primary.


In partnership with Churchfields Academy, Swindon Dance and six local primary schools: Drove Primary, King William Street Primary, Lainesmead Primary, Lawn Primary, Mountford Manor Primary and Oak Tree Primary.

School workshops

primarySTEPS focuses around a cluster of five or six primary schools in one area. Each school receives:

  • Six creative dance workshops introducing elements of ballet, for all Year 3 pupils
  • INSET and resource materials to support work with the pupils.
  • An invitation for Year 3 to watch a demonstration in their area of ballet training by Royal Ballet School students. This demonstration involves Upper School students aged 16+ and Junior Associate students aged 10 -11 years and is audience interactive.
  • The opportunity for selected pupils to join a regular primarySTEPS class for initial creative ballet training.

primarySTEPS dance classes

Up to 26 Year 3 pupils from participating schools, who have not previously had an opportunity to study ballet, are invited to attend regular introductory creative ballet classes. For a nominal weekly fee, pupils receive:

  • Weekly introductory classes led by Dance Partnership & Access teachers and accompanied by a musician
  • Dance uniform and shoes
  • Opportunities to see Royal Ballet School students in training and professional dancers performing
  • Visits to local and regional dance providers and opportunities to perform locally and at The Royal Ballet School


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“I wish it could last 100 weeks”

Marsh Green Primary School student

“By the 6th workshop they moved like dancers!”

Year 3 primary school teacher

“Thank you for giving my son the chance to dance. He now has a new respect and understanding for dancing. I know it is not something he would have chosen to do, but done as part of school with his peers has made him try some new things.”

Year 3 parent from Westgate School, Suffolk

“Without primarySTEPS I would not have seen or realised my talent…My teachers made me feel proud of myself and showed me that I can do whatever I choose to do with a bit of courage…”

primarySTEPS graduate from Marsh Green Primary School, Dagenham