Affiliate Training and Assessment Programme
Information for parents
What are the benefits for my child?
- A programme that places the student experience at the heart
- High-quality training in classical ballet technique and repertoire, creative practice and choreography
- Learning ‘how to learn’ with a growth mindset, supported to try new things and not be afraid of mistakes
- Confidence and resilience, a positive approach to learning
- Physical play develops a range of natural motor skills and coordination
- Creativity and self-expression
- Inclusive and flexible for different learning styles and needs
- An enjoyment for dance and a broad knowledge of the art form.
The programme has six training levels. Each level has an associated recommended age band, covering ages five and upwards.
Programme content is based on The Royal Ballet School’s Model for Optimal Dance Training. Each level contains both movement and contextual studies.
Movement studies include foundation movement skills, generic movement skills, qualitative movement skills and ballet technique and vocabulary. Contextual studies include the study of repertoire, choreography, creative tasks, and art form appreciation.
The length of study at each level ATAP will be slightly longer than other examinations, due to the extra learning of repertoire and choreography.
Students are assessed by their teacher against criteria set by The Royal Ballet School. Teachers create and teach assessment material appropriate to each level once students have completed the minimum training hours.
Affiliate Teachers conduct assessments when they choose and video record them. They then submit them via a secure platform to The Royal Ballet School for moderation.
The School gives teachers ongoing guidance with monitoring and moderation of their students’ assessment results.
Experience the Affiliate Training and Assessment Programme
For young dancers, their parents/carers and recreational or private dance teachers. Discover the future of ballet education at one of our Insight workshops, happening around the UK.
Experience a typical Affiliate class led by our expert staff and a presentation of the Affiliate Programme ethos and methodology.
Emilia was mesmerised by the whole experience. Learning ballet with ATAP, she felt she had more freedom to express herself and more confidence in her creativity. Ballet techniques were more enjoyable to learn and she felt more connected with her body. Roberta, parent of Level 2 ATAP student
When I first started dancing if I got something wrong I thought I’ll try something else I’m good at, but (from learning with ATAP) I think, I can’t do this now but if I work more I will be able to do it later. It can help you not to give up easily, and I think that can help in everything you are doing. Allegra, aged 9, Level 2 ATAP student
Kanon has taken great pleasure in being part of ATAP and has especially enjoyed the creative work and choreography with Ms Michelle… She also loved being surrounded by kind and nurturing support from her teachers and like-minded ballet friends. Mika, parent of Level 3 ATAP student