Ballet at Tring Park
Classical ballet is at the heart of the education and training of all the dancers on the Dance course. From an initial selection at audition during ballet class, we are seeking young dancers who have the potential to have a strong classical technique, for the daily ballet class in weekly training. Additional technique classes in pointe work, repertoire, solos, pas de deux, virtuosity and rehearsals continue in upper school as dance pupils develop their skills and strength.
Some dancers may find that as they grow and develop they are more suited to a career in Contemporary dance, or jazz dance or commercial dance, but the daily ballet class is still essential to developing technical strength in other dance genres.
For those who are more physically suited to classical ballet, they will have every opportunity to develop their technique and skill by entering high profile competitions, and have the option of taking high level Royal Academy of Dance classical ballet examinations.
Junior Dancers have the opportunity to perform with English National Ballet company during their seasonal Nutcracker performances on tour and at the London Coliseum and also during ENB’s performances at the Royal Albert Hall. Tring Park dancers have had the privilege of dancing with ENB for many decades.
Past graduates of Tring Park have gained employment in some of the following ballet companies: English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Ballet Theatre UK, Ballet Ireland, Ballet Cymru, Ballet Black, Dance Theatre of Harlem to name a few.
During the final third year of graduate training, dancers all join Encore Dance Company under the Artistic Direction of Antony Dowson (former Principal dancer Royal Ballet and Ballet staff at English National Ballet School and English National 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 tackle some well known classical repertoire as well as having work created especially for them.
Ballet training is rigorous, intensely physically demanding and very rewarding. The classical faculty are all experts in coaching and developing the very best from aspiring dancers to enable them to develop their fullest potential.
Director of Dance: Rachel Rist
Deputy Director of Dance & Head of Classical Ballet: Jacinta Walsh
Deputy Director of Dance & Head of Modern Dance: Lorraine Jones