The Affiliate Training and Assessment Programme

Affiliate training and assessment programme

Train to be an Affiliate Teacher

The Affiliate Training and Assessment Programme is The Royal Ballet School’s programme for private and recreational dance training. Dance teachers train directly with The Royal Ballet School and are then accredited to deliver the programme to students in their own dance schools as Affiliate Teachers. They conduct their own assessments, which are then moderated by The Royal Ballet School.

The innovative programme gives young dance students a high-quality, holistic learning experience. It is an alternative to other recreational training models based on learning a syllabus for examination.

Affiliate Teachers support students to learn ‘how’ to learn and to enjoy and value the process. They have the autonomy to guide and assess their own students’ journeys. This gives continuous professional development and greater creative and career satisfaction.

Alongside classical ballet vocabulary and performance skills, students learn repertoire, choreography and appreciation.

Programme information

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.

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.

Affiliate training and assessment programme

Included in your membership

Covering topics including:

  • Relevant pedagogy
  • Guidance on programme content and delivery
  • Assessment support
  • Business advice.
  • Hundreds of ballet vocabulary training videos
  • Body awareness and conditioning videos from The Royal Ballet School’s healthcare team
  • Creative practice examples and session notes on choreographic exploration and development
  • Supporting documents including the Affiliate Programme System of Training (SOT), assessment manuals, lesson plan templates and suggested reading list
  • Marketing toolkit including designed assets and guidance on marketing your business developed by The Royal Ballet School marketing team
  • Exclusive Affiliate Programme merchandise shop and link to purchase Affiliate uniform
  • Guidance to give to parents of Affiliate students
  • Exclusive special offers for teachers, including discounts on the Intensive Courses on Demand and Primary Steps on Demand programmes.
  • Ambassador workshops in-person and online
  • Creative and repertoire workshops with Royal Ballet School and Affiliate programme practitioners
  • Drop in Q&A sessions with programme leaders
  • Facebook forum for Affiliate teachers to connect across cohorts
  • Listing on a directory of Affiliate Teachers
  • Royal Ballet ticket offers
  • Invitations to watch Royal Ballet School events where possible.

Course dates 2024

UK and Hong Kong

18 April 2024: Applications close

Sunday 14 July: Introductory webinar

Intensive course (in-person) for Levels 1-3

  • Monday 12 to Friday 16 August 2024: UK
  • Monday 26 to Friday 30 August 2024: Hong Kong

October 2024 to November 2024: Trial implementation period to include 2 online training sessions

December 2024: Teaching evaluation

February to June 2025: 4 online training sessions

Location of training

The Royal Ballet School
46 Floral Street, London, WC2E 9DA

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Ballet studios
6/F, S22, 22 Heung Yip Road,
Wong Chuk Hang,
Hong Kong

Affiliate training and assessment programme
Affiliate training and assessment programme

‘Charli has come out of class excited to come home and research and learn. It’s been a really positive experience allowing every child to be independent, creative, expressive individuals’. Parent of an ATAP student

‘The ATAP method has revolutionised my work. I feel much richer in stimuli, ideas, ways to go. Students are very involved, creative… And they improve faster!’ Giulia, Affiliate Teacher

‘A bold, innovative and exciting new program which I believe has the potential to change the way training and assessment is conducted in many private ballet schools throughout the world.’ John Byrne, dance teacher, examiner and director

‘Teaching using the ATAP philosophy has honestly transformed the way I teach. It has given me new creative ideas, more confidence and more than anything else the dancers love the structure of the classes… It really works!’ Linda, Affiliate Teacher

Programme ambassadors


Interested in becoming an Affiliate Teacher?

If you’re interested in becoming one of our Affiliate Teachers, register below to receive news and updates about the programme. We’re particularly keen to hear from you if you’re not based in the UK and may be interested in a future Intensive Training week held in your area.

Experience the programme at a workshop

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.

What are the benefits for my child?

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please get in touch at [email protected].

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