Online Summer Intensive 2020

Summer Intensive at White Lodge 2019

Book now to join us from 13 July to 31 July 2020, Monday to Friday

We are excited that for the first time, The Royal Ballet School is offering an Online Summer Intensive.

While we are disappointed not to be able to deliver our signature residential summer programmes at White Lodge and Covent Garden, our live virtual classes will be taught by The Royal Ballet School Artistic team from our beautiful White Lodge studios.

What events are available?

See the timetables and list of classes below to see what we are offering for the three week Intensive.

Week one timetable
Week two timetable
Week three timetable
Build your own timetable – template

Private group classes will be released for booking on a week by week basis: Week 1 on Wednesday 8 July 2pm, Week 2 on Thursday 16 July 2pm BST, and Week 3 on Thursday 23 July 2pm BST.

How are events priced?

Masterclass (all types): £15.00
Private group class: £30.00 (limited to 15 registrants per class)
Mime/Focus/Floor barre/Pilates/Contemporary class: £10.00
Healthy Dancer talk/Interview: Free

Masterclasses

Experience a ballet technique masterclass, taught by The Royal Ballet School Artistic team and live streamed from our White Lodge studios.

We will also be offering classes with Iain Mackay, Artistic Director of the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars (YBS), a former student of the School and Principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

£15.00

Group of girls performing ballet exercises at a barre in our studios at White Lodge

Masterclasses are available for male and female students aged 10-12, 13-15 and 16+.

None of our classes are for beginner students, for students with only limited experience or students below 10 years old.

Students should be studying a recognised syllabus such as or equivalent to, RAD, Cecchetti, Vaganova, or if attending full time vocational training, the method of training provided at their school.

Junior classes

For students aged between 10-12+ years

  • Students age 10 will be studying methods of training quoted above (or equivalent) reaching level grade 5 or above
  • Students age 11-12+ will be studying methods of training quoted above (or equivalent) reaching level Intermediate Foundation or above
  • Students are expected to have a good knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary.
Mid classes

For students aged between 13-15+ years

  • Students age 13-15 will be studying methods quoted above (or equivalent) at vocational level of Intermediate or above
  • Students will have a good to excellent knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary
  • Students will be able to execute a secure double pirouette and able to maintain extensions in adage at 90 degrees and above
  • Feet and ankles should be strong, secure and able to stretch well
  • Good flexibility is required
  • Allegro should be executed with clear understanding of how to link a sequence of steps together in a choreographed exercise
  • Girls should be confident executing basic pointe work exercises.
Senior classes

For students aged 16+

  • Students aged 16+ should be studying a recognised syllabus at vocational level Advanced 2 and above, or studying equivalent levels at full time vocational training
  • Students will have an excellent and broad knowledge of ballet vocabulary
  • Students can follow the class by listening to just verbal instruction if necessary
  • Basic technique will be strong and secure with an understanding of correct placement
  • These classes are not for students below the age of 16 (If you are 15+ and meet the criteria, you may join these classes at your teacher’s discretion)
  • Barre work should be strong with clean execution and secure demi pointe work
  • Adage will have strong, secure placement and extensions will be 90 degrees or above
  • Pirouettes secure with ability to execute multiple turns
  • Allegro, including batterie should be executed with good understanding of secure take-off and landings
  • Men will be studying or can deliver a double tour en l’air
  • Women will be confident in advanced pointe work.

The classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • Any apparatus used for a barre is stable and safe
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should not attempt to do so or either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a ballet lesson. Soft ballet shoes should be worn, not pointe shoes
  • Where appropriate, the student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part
  • Where other individuals are present during the class, they should be out of view of the camera. If there is a likelihood they might be seen, they must behave and be dressed appropriately.
  • A Masterclass can be attended by as many students who have booked to take part
  • There is no individual feedback between the teacher and the students
  • The teacher will give general hints and corrections to all students participating
  • The teacher will clearly set the exercise by demonstrating the exercise both practically and verbally
  • Once the exercise is taught, the music will begin and the student will execute the exercise
  • The teacher will occasionally verbally prompt and indicate the exercise
  • The class content will include barre work, study of port de bras, simple centre practice, simple adage, study for pirouettes, and a limited allegro section considering jumping on an un-sprung floor
  • Grand allegro with travelling steps will not be taught due to space limitations for the vast majority
  • If you wish to wear trainers during the allegro section of class, please have them available
  • Pointe work will not be taught in these virtual classes
  • Questions for the teacher can be sent via our chat room during the class and a selection of questions will be chosen for the teachers to answer at the end of the class.
Private group classes

Learn in a small group with individual feedback and corrections from a teacher in our Private group classes. These classes are taught by The Royal Ballet School Artistic team and live streamed from our beautiful White Lodge studios.

£30.00

Group of boys surrounding a teacher at the barre

Private group classes are available for male and female students aged 10-12, 13-15 and 16+.

None of our classes are for beginner students, for students with only limited experience or students below 10 years old.

Students should be studying a recognised syllabus such as or equivalent to, RAD, Cecchetti, Vaganova, or if attending full time vocational training, the method of training provided at their school.

Junior classes

For students aged between 10-12+ years

  • Students age 10 will be studying methods of training quoted above (or equivalent) reaching level grade 5 or above
  • Students age 11-12+ will be studying methods of training quoted above (or equivalent) reaching level Intermediate Foundation or above
  • Students are expected to have a good knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary.
Mid classes

For students aged between 13-15+ years

  • Students age 13-15 will be studying methods quoted above (or equivalent) at vocational level of Intermediate or above
  • Students will have a good to excellent knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary
  • Students will be able to execute a secure double pirouette and able to maintain extensions in adage at 90 degrees and above
  • Feet and ankles should be strong, secure and able to stretch well
  • Good flexibility is required
  • Allegro should be executed with clear understanding of how to link a sequence of steps together in a choreographed exercise
  • Girls should be confident executing basic pointe work exercises.
Senior classes

For students aged 16+

  • Students aged 16+ should be studying a recognised syllabus at vocational level Advanced 2 and above, or studying equivalent levels at full time vocational training
  • Students will have an excellent and broad knowledge of ballet vocabulary
  • Students can follow the class by listening to just verbal instruction if necessary
  • Basic technique will be strong and secure with an understanding of correct placement
  • These classes are not for students below the age of 16 (If you are 15+ and meet the criteria, you may join these classes at your teacher’s discretion)
  • Barre work should be strong with clean execution and secure demi pointe work
  • Adage will have strong, secure placement and extensions will be 90 degrees or above
  • Pirouettes secure with ability to execute multiple turns
  • Allegro, including batterie should be executed with good understanding of secure take-off and landings
  • Men will be studying or can deliver a double tour en l’air
  • Women will be confident in advanced pointe work.

The classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • Any apparatus used for a barre is stable and safe
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should not attempt to do so or either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a ballet lesson. Soft ballet shoes should be worn, not pointe shoes
  • Where appropriate, the student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part
  • Where other individuals are present during the class, they should be out of view of the camera. If there is a likelihood they might be seen, they must behave and be dressed appropriately.
  • These classes will be limited to 15 students
  • These classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis
  • We recommend that only students with a strong and secure ballet technique apply for these
  • We ask that you only apply once to take these classes to give fair opportunity to others
  • The teacher will be able to interact with the students, giving correction throughout the class
  • The student must ‘pin’ the teacher at the start of the class
  • Questions can be asked directly to the teacher by the student at the end of the class.
Studio masterclasses

These classes are designed for students who have access to a dance studio. Students will be able to perform a class with travelling steps and a broader allegro section. This class is not suitable for those students with limited space or un-sprung floors for centre practice.

£15.00

Girl stood, ready to dance, in the middle of a studio at Upper School

Studio masterclasses are available for male and female students aged 13-15 and 16+.

None of our classes are for beginner students, for students with only limited experience or students below 10 years old.

Students should be studying a recognised syllabus such as or equivalent to, RAD, Cecchetti, Vaganova, or if attending full time vocational training, the method of training provided at their school.

Mid classes

For students aged between 13-15+ years

  • Students age 13-15 will be studying methods quoted above (or equivalent) at vocational level of Intermediate or above
  • Students will have a good to excellent knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary
  • Students will be able to execute a secure double pirouette and able to maintain extensions in adage at 90 degrees and above
  • Feet and ankles should be strong, secure and able to stretch well
  • Good flexibility is required
  • Allegro should be executed with clear understanding of how to link a sequence of steps together in a choreographed exercise
  • Girls should be confident executing basic pointe work exercises.
Senior classes

For students aged 16+

  • Students aged 16+ should be studying a recognised syllabus at vocational level Advanced 2 and above, or studying equivalent levels at full time vocational training
  • Students will have an excellent and broad knowledge of ballet vocabulary
  • Students can follow the class by listening to just verbal instruction if necessary
  • Basic technique will be strong and secure with an understanding of correct placement
  • These classes are not for students below the age of 16 (If you are 15+ and meet the criteria, you may join these classes at your teacher’s discretion)
  • Barre work should be strong with clean execution and secure demi pointe work
  • Adage will have strong, secure placement and extensions will be 90 degrees or above
  • Pirouettes secure with ability to execute multiple turns
  • Allegro, including batterie should be executed with good understanding of secure take-off and landings
  • Men will be studying or can deliver a double tour en l’air
  • Women will be confident in advanced pointe work.

These classes are designed for students who have access to a dance studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • Any apparatus used for a barre is stable and safe
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a ballet lesson. Soft ballet shoes should be worn, not pointe shoes
  • Where appropriate, the student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part
  • Where other individuals are present during the class, they should be out of view of the camera. If there is a likelihood they might be seen, they must behave and be dressed appropriately.
Mime classes

These classes will help you to understand ballet mime, the art of silent language.

You will practice the delivery and learn what the gestures mean and how to execute with subtlety and meaning. You will learn some mime vocabulary and a section of mime repertoire taken from some of the great ballets such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty or La Fille mal gardée.

£10.00

Group of girls in mime class at White Lodge

Mime classes are available for male and female students aged 10-12, 13-15 and 16+.

None of our classes are for beginner students, for students with only limited experience or students below 10 years old.

The classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should not attempt to do so or either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a ballet lesson. Soft ballet shoes should be worn, not pointe shoes
  • Where appropriate, the student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part
  • Where other individuals are present during the class, they should be out of view of the camera. If there is a likelihood they might be seen, they must behave and be dressed appropriately.
Focus classes

These short classes will give particular focus to one or two elements of technique such as port de bras, alignment, épaulement, pirouettes and more.

£10.00

Teacher working with a student in a studio

Focus classes are available for male and female students aged 10-12, 13-15 and 16+.

None of our classes are for beginner students, for students with only limited experience or students below 10 years old.

Students should be studying a recognised syllabus such as or equivalent to, RAD, Cecchetti, Vaganova, or if attending full time vocational training, the method of training provided at their school.

Junior classes

For students aged between 10-12+ years

  • Students age 10 will be studying methods of training quoted above (or equivalent) reaching level grade 5 or above
  • Students age 11-12+ will be studying methods of training quoted above (or equivalent) reaching level Intermediate Foundation or above
  • Students are expected to have a good knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary.
Mid classes

For students aged between 13-15+ years

  • Students age 13-15 will be studying methods quoted above (or equivalent) at vocational level of Intermediate or above
  • Students will have a good to excellent knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary
  • Students will be able to execute a secure double pirouette and able to maintain extensions in adage at 90 degrees and above
  • Feet and ankles should be strong, secure and able to stretch well
  • Good flexibility is required
  • Allegro should be executed with clear understanding of how to link a sequence of steps together in a choreographed exercise
  • Girls should be confident executing basic pointe work exercises.
Senior classes

For students aged 16+

  • Students aged 16+ should be studying a recognised syllabus at vocational level Advanced 2 and above, or studying equivalent levels at full time vocational training
  • Students will have an excellent and broad knowledge of ballet vocabulary
  • Students can follow the class by listening to just verbal instruction if necessary
  • Basic technique will be strong and secure with an understanding of correct placement
  • These classes are not for students below the age of 16 (If you are 15+ and meet the criteria, you may join these classes at your teacher’s discretion)
  • Barre work should be strong with clean execution and secure demi pointe work
  • Adage will have strong, secure placement and extensions will be 90 degrees or above
  • Pirouettes secure with ability to execute multiple turns
  • Allegro, including batterie should be executed with good understanding of secure take-off and landings
  • Men will be studying or can deliver a double tour en l’air
  • Women will be confident in advanced pointe work.

The classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • Any apparatus used for a barre is stable and safe
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should not attempt to do so or either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a ballet lesson. Soft ballet shoes should be worn, not pointe shoes
  • Where appropriate, the student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part
  • Where other individuals are present during the class, they should be out of view of the camera. If there is a likelihood they might be seen, they must behave and be dressed appropriately.
Floor barre classes

Our floor barre classes will teach you a series of exercises, normally practised at the barre, but lying on the floor.

This is a great way to strengthen your core, understand correct placement, increase turn out and stretch and lengthen the muscles in your legs and feet.

The exercises will also help you to stabilise your back and hips as well as increasing the strength and breadth in your upper back, facilitating a stronger use and also increasing your understanding of how to execute your port de bras.

£10.00

Girl on a pilates mat in a pilates class at White Lodge

Our Floor barre classes will be taught by Nicola Tranah.

Floor barre classes are available for male and female students aged 16+.

None of our classes are for beginner students, for students with only limited experience or students below 16 years old.

The classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should not attempt to do so or either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a floor barre class. Bare feet, socks or suitable shoes should be worn
  • Where appropriate, the student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part
  • Where other individuals are present during the class, they should be out of view of the camera. If there is a likelihood they might be seen, they must behave and be dressed appropriately
  • If you have a dance mat please have it ready for your session, but it is not essential.
Pilates classes

Our Pilates classes will help students to improve their core strength in a finely tuned way. This is key for maximising further strength throughout your entire ballet technique.

£10.00

Students doing Pilates in a studio

Our Pilates classes will be taught by:

  • Arran Knight – Pilates Instructor at The Royal Ballet School

  • Leire Ortueta – Pilates Instructor at The Royal Ballet School

Pilates classes are available for male and female students aged 13-15 and 16+.

None of our classes are for beginner students, for students with only limited experience or students below 13 years old.

The classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should not attempt to do so or either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a ballet lesson. Soft ballet shoes should be worn, not pointe shoes
  • Where appropriate, the student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part
  • Where other individuals are present during the class, they should be out of view of the camera. If there is a likelihood they might be seen, they must behave and be dressed appropriately
  • If you have a dance mat, sturdy chair, Theraband and small ball please have them ready for your session, but they are not essential.
Contemporary classes

Contemporary movement is an expected technique for all professional classical dancers to have.

Dancers need to be able to execute and deliver this work with as much understanding as they do of their classical technique. This learning begins at student level.

These classes will help you to understand the importance of being grounded and stable in order to feel release and expansion.

£10.00

Studio full of students practicing a contemporary routine

Our Contemporary classes will be taught by Didy Veldman.

Contemporary classes are available for male and female students aged 13-15 and 16+.

None of our classes are for beginner students, for students with only limited experience or students below 13 years old.

The classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should not attempt to do so or either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a contemporary lesson. Bare feet, socks or suitable shoes should be worn
  • Where appropriate, the student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part
  • Where other individuals are present during the class, they should be out of view of the camera. If there is a likelihood they might be seen, they must behave and be dressed appropriately.
Healthy dancer talks

Learn about how important health is for the wellbeing of young, growing dancers’ bodies and minds.

Free

Student in the gym using a weights machine

Our Healthy dancer talks will be presented by:

  • Louise Gubb – Nutritionist at The Royal Ballet School

  • Matt Lamarque – Sports Scientist and Master Research Practitioner at The Royal Ballet School

  • Niall MacSweeney – Sports Scientist at The Royal Ballet School

Our Healthy dancer talks are available for everyone.

You do not need anything to take part in our Healthy dancer talks, but participants are free to take notes during the talk.

Teacher training webinars

Our teacher training webinars provide a unique opportunity to gain advice and support from our expert staff. They also draw on the School’s heritage and knowledge as a world leader in dance training and education.

These one-hour webinars will cover a variety of informative topics and will be presented by Mark Annear, Head of Training & Access, and Karen Berry, Teacher Training Manager. They are ideal for developing teachers’ CPD portfolio and are an excellent supplement to our Inspire series of seminars.

Teacher Training Manager writing on a whiteboard, teaching students in a classroom
Interviews

These live-streamed interviews give a rare opportunity to see and hear from a dancer from The Royal Ballet or Birmingham Royal Ballet, or a special guest who has had a significant influence on the dance landscape. This will include company directors past and present, former dancers, choreographers, teachers and experts in their field.

Guests will be offering words of advice, anecdotes and revealing how they live their lives in dance.

Free

Students listening to a talk in a studio

Some of our interviews will be live and some will be pre-recorded.

You can send your questions in now, specifying who your question is for in the subject line, to: askaquestion@royalballetschool.org.uk.

You can also send in questions during the live interviews to: askaquestion@royalballetschool.org.uk.

Please note: we will be unable to ask the guest every question that is sent in, therefore we will group questions on similar themes and select the questions we feel are the most appropriate to ask.

Our Interviews are available for everyone.

You do not need anything to take part in our Interviews, but participants are free to take notes.

Royal Ballet School pianists

Mr. Stefano Curina
Ms. Christine Evans
Ms. Elvira Gavrilova
Ms. Olga Mazour
Ms. Beatrice Nichols
Ms. Liz Sluman
Mr. David Smith
Mr. Constant Van Dorp

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the Online Summer Intensive 2020 please visit our FAQ page.

Online Summer Intensive 2020 disclaimer

Students must ensure they meet the minimum technical standards required before enrolling in a class.

Students must only undertake artistic exercises if they have a safe environment to do so and have the correct equipment and footwear. The School will not accept any responsibility for injuries that occur while undertaking any exercises or classes in the home environment.

The classes must not be downloaded and saved on to personal devices. No photographs or recordings of any sessions can be made or shared publicly.

If the student is suffering from an injury, the parent/guardian should contact their child’s dance teacher or doctor for advice before participating. The Royal Ballet School cannot offer medical advice or recommend whether or not a student attends a class.

If the class is unable to take place, or drops out mid class due to our Wi-Fi coverage, The Royal Ballet School will provide an alternative class for you to attend. If it is your Wi-Fi coverage that drops out during the class, preventing you from continuing, the School cannot provide an alternative class.