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Elmhurst School for Dance offers weekend classes across the UK

Posted on March 29, 2012


After an extremely successful first year of taking ballet classes out across the country, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s associated school, Elmhurst School for Dance is once again going to be offering weekend classes for eight to 11 year olds in four towns and cities across the country.

These classes are designed to give children with a love of dance an opportunity to learn from teachers experienced in the Elmhurst style. As well as offering Saturday classes in its home city of Birmingham, Elmhurst School for Dance will once again take to the road and provide classes for youngsters in Manchester, Sunderland (both Saturday) and Plymouth (Sunday).

The auditions are open to children with no formal movement teaching as well as those already taking dance lessons. Children already taking dance classes will be accepted onto the weekend programme only with the consent of their current teacher.

The charge for weekend classes is £8.50 for Birmingham classes and £7.50 for Manchester, Sunderland and Plymouth classes, and there is an auditon fee of £15, however no talented child will be excluded because of financial constraints; please contact Elmhurst School for Dance if you have any questions.

2012 audition dates, venues and times are as follows:

Sunderland: April 21 (apply by April 13)
University of Sunderland, Cityspace, City Studio, Chester Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR1 35D; between 1.30–4.30pm

Manchester: April 28 (apply by April 20)
The Dancehouse, 10 Oxford Road Manchester M1 5QA; between 2.00-5.00pm

Plymouth: May 12 (apply by April 30)
TR2, Rehearsal Room 1, 12 Neptune Park, Cattedown, Plymouth PL4 0SJ; between 2.30-5.30pm

Birmingham: May 12 (Years 5 and 6 – apply by April 30)
Elmhurst School for Dance

Birmingham: June 23 (Year 4) (apply by June 8)
Elmhurst School for Dance

For more information and to download and application form click here.

Photograph by Tim Cross.

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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