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Edinburgh Festival Ballet School

Posted on January 10, 2022

Founded in 2019 by internationally-renowned dancer and director Peter Schaufuss, the school provides world-class training for those looking to pursue a professional career in dance. Edinburgh Festival Ballet School is based at Saint Stephen’s Edinburgh, in the heart of the city. The Grade A-listed building is one of Edinburgh’s most iconic venues and features the newly refurbished ‘Ashton Hall’, one of the UK’s largest dance spaces.

The Full Time course is designed to support students pursuing a career in performance with a specific focus on ballet. Classical ballet education will incorporate technical tuition in adage and corps de ballet repertoire, solos, pas de deux and virtuosity.

Beyond the basis of technical excellence, the course will nurture a wider range of skills required by the professional performers of tomorrow. Schaufuss himself has written the course content designed to challenge students and propel them towards a successful career.

Complementary subjects will be offered, such as drama, anatomy, contemporary and Pilates as well as dance history, music and choreographic styles supported by theatre visits.

As further preparation to break into such a demanding and rewarding industry, students will be mentored in audition techniques and performance style, with the ultimate aim of achieving artistic eloquence on any stage.

As a showcase of their progress and of how their skills translate into a professional career, students will have the opportunity to give public performances of productions throughout each academic year in the iconic ‘Ashton Hall’ at Saint Stephen’s Edinburgh.

Upon completion, graduates will be presented with an SQA Higher National Diploma & Peter Schaufuss Diploma.

Graduates of Edinburgh Festival Ballet School will be invited to audition for Edinburgh’s newest performance dance company to be established by Olivier-Award winner Schaufuss.

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