Online Summer Intensive 2021

Summer Intensive at White Lodge 2019

Booking for our Online Summer Intensive is now open

We are excited that for the second year running, The Royal Ballet School is offering an Online Summer Intensive from 13 to 17 July 2021.

Our live virtual classes will be taught by The Royal Ballet School Artistic team from our beautiful White Lodge studios.

What classes are available?

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

Class type
Age
Junior classes 10-12 years View timetable
Mid classes 13-15 years View timetable
Senior classes 16-19+ years View timetable
Adult classes Adults who take regular classes or
who have danced previously
View timetable

How are the classes priced?

Package prices (a package includes eight dance classes plus one Artistic Q&A talk):

  • Junior package (10- 12 years ): £116
  • Mid package (13- 15 years): £120
  • Senior package (16- 19+ years): £120

Alternatively you can book individual classes as follows:

  • Focus/Mime/Pilates class (45 minutes): £12
  • Adult ballet/Pilates class (1 hour): £14
  • Masterclass/Contemporary (1 hour 15 minutes): £16
  • Private group class: £35 (limited to 24 registrants per class)
  • Healthy dancer talk/Interview: £5

Please note all classes are subject to a registration fee and classes are non-refundable once booked.

What do the classes involve?

Masterclasses – £16

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

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 16-19+.

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 syllabus delivered by a recognised classical dance awarding body, 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, reaching level grade 5 or above
  • Students age 11-12 will be studying methods of training quoted above, 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 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 16-19+

  • Students aged 16-19+ 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 – £35

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.

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 16-19+.

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 syllabus delivered by a recognised classical dance awarding body, 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, reaching level grade 5 or above
  • Students age 11-12 will be studying methods of training quoted above, 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, 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 16-19+

  • Students aged 16-19+ 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 24 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.
Adult ballet class

These classes are ideal for all adults who take regular adult ballet classes or have danced previously. The class will take you through from barre work, pliés to grand battement, and centre work to include port de bras, simple centre practice with tendu, adage and enchaînements to incorporate movement and co-ordination. We will focus on core strength and posture with some easy stretching at the end of the class. To help you enjoy the class, our pianist will inspire with their live accompaniment.

Ballet teacher in a studio with a group of adult ballet dancers

Our Adult ballet classes will be taught by:

Adult ballet classes are available for male and female adults.

These classes are ideal for all adults who take regular adult ballet classes or have danced previously. The classes are not suitable for beginners and the participants should have good knowledge of ballet technique and terminology.

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

  • 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 adult’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If an adult cannot fully execute an exercise, they should not attempt to do so or either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The adult is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The adult is appropriately dressed to safely execute a ballet lesson. Soft ballet shoes should be worn, not pointe shoes
  • Where appropriate, the adult’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The adult 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 – £12

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 our great classics.

Group of girls in mime class at White Lodge

Mime classes are available for male and female students aged 10-12, 13-15 and 16-19+.

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 – £12

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

Teacher working with a student in a studio

Focus classes are available for male and female students aged 10-12, 13-15 and 16-19+.

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 syllabus delivered by a recognised classical dance awarding body, 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, reaching level grade 5 or above
  • Students age 11-12+ will be studying methods of training quoted above, 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 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 16-19+

  • Students aged 16-19+ 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.
Pilates classes – £12

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.

Students doing Pilates in a studio

Our Pilates classes will be taught by:

  • Leire Ortueta – Pilates Instructor at The Royal Ballet School

Pilates classes are available for male and female students aged 13-15, 16-18 and Adults.

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/adults ensure that:

  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for pilates 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/adult cannot fully execute an exercise, they should not attempt to do so or either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student/adult is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student/adult 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 – £16

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.

Studio full of students practicing a contemporary routine

Our Contemporary classes will be taught by Angela Towler.

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 – £5

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

Student in the gym using a weights machine

Our Healthy dancer talks will be presented by:

  • Huw Goodwin – Healthcare Manager 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.

Artistic Q&A talks – free

Our Artistic Q&A talks give you the opportunity to ask questions to The Royal Ballet School’s Artistic staff.

Ballet teacher helping a student at the barre

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: [email protected].

You can also send in questions during the live interviews to: [email protected].

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 Q&A Talks are available for everyone.

You do not need anything to take part in our Q&A Talks, but participants are free to take notes.

Royal Ballet School musicians

  • Steve Brooks – pianist
  • Christine Evans – pianist
  • Olga Mazour – pianist
  • Domenica Cardullo – pianist
  • Sabio Janiak – musician

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the Online Summer Intensive 2021 please visit our FAQ page.

Online Summer Intensive 2021 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.