The Dance Course

Classical Ballet is at the heart of the training and education our students receive on the dance course. Led by a first-class faculty, the philosophy of the department is to produce versatile, artistic and technically accomplished dancers who show versatility in an ever-changing dance industry. Our unique, rounded curriculum results in dancers who are known for their excellence in multiple genres; Tring Park dancers gain employment in all disciplines of the industry.

The dance course covers classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and commercial dance. While pupils may take formal examinations as part of the dance course, they are also offered a wide range of performance opportunities, and can take workshops with visiting guest artists. Annual performances also take place at the school’s own Markova Theatre and at external venues. 

During the third year of graduate training, dancers join Encore Dance Company under the artistic direction of Antony Dowson (former Principal dancer Royal Ballet Company) and have the opportunity to work with internationally known guest professional choreographers. This important final year gives the opportunities for those chosen by choreographers to perform classical repertoire as well as having work created especially for them.

Alumni

Past students and graduates of Tring Park can be seen in major national and international companies, across many West End shows, in multiple contemporary companies, running their own dance companies, as world-class choreographers including:

Ballet companies:

Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, New York City Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Ballet Ireland, Ballet Wales, Ballet Vorommern, Ballet Bordeaux, Ballet Theatre UK, Scottish Ballet, Vienna Ballet Company, Ballet Black, New English Ballet Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, K Ballet, Ballet Boyz, Cape Town Ballet Company and Ballet Lorent.

Over the years many of our dancers have joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company (over 30 alumni) and in all Bourne’s companies in the year 19/20 there are over 13 Alumni dancing with the company including several taking lead and principal roles.

Contemporary companies:

Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Random Dance Company, Chrysalis Dance Company, Hofesh Shecter Dance Company, National Dance Company of Wales, Drew McOnie and company, Alexander Whitley, Danish Dance Theatre, Company Chameleon, Zoonation, Phoenix Dance company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance,

West End shows and tours:

An American in Paris, 42nd Street, Billy Elliot, Wicked, The King and I, Les Miserables, Cats, Chicago, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, The Phantom of the Opera, Thriller, Aladdin, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Matilda and many more.

Alumni have formed their own companies including:

Chris Moore, Director of Ballet Theatre UK, Drew McOnie, Director of the McOnie Company.

Well known choreographers include:

Drew McOnie, Olivier Award winner for Choreography, 2017

Caroline Finn

 Ruth Brill

Dance Department Staff Biographies

You can find out more about the Dance Course according to age on the following pages:

Interim Co-Directors of Dance: Lorraine Jones & Antony Dowson

 

 

Alumni

Joseph Sissens

Joseph Sissens is an Artist of the Royal Ballet Performances: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland La Fille mal gardee Romeo and Juliet The Nutcracker

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