Junior Dance Course

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools in the UK.

We produce young dancers who have strong technique alongside an understanding of artistry and performance.

Classical ballet is the primary focus of the Junior Dance Course. Pupils also study modern dance, tap dance and have additional classes in pointe work. There are also boys-only classes and pilates, while pupils in the Third Form (Year Nine) start to learn contemporary dance. Dancers will enjoy a diverse timetable and our dance faculty will give you the skills to become creative, artistic and well-rounded performers.

The Third Form, pupils’ training is supplemented by RAD and ISTD modern and tap syllabus classes which are held on Saturdays. Dancers will enjoy a diverse timetable and our dance faculty will give you the skills to become creative, artistic and well-rounded performers.

Course Summary

Students in the Third Form (Year Nine) are also able to supplement their vocational training with syllabus classes in RAD ballet and ISTD modern and tap, enabling students to achieve these useful qualifications via additional Saturday lessons.

Students on the Junior Dance Course are encouraged to develop fluency as performers across multiple dance genres, also attending regular lessons in modern dance and tap, and in the Third Form beginning an introduction to contemporary dance. Regular pilates lessons are also included on the timetable, supporting young dancers in their development of strong and healthy bodies.

Training is designed to develop a strong technical grounding in both classical ballet and modern dance, a reliable foundation enabling students to achieve high levels of excellence. Students attend regular lessons with a diverse faculty of teachers in ballet technique, with additional lessons in pointe work, and boys work to further strengthen their abilities.


Course Structure

Students study a variety of dance genres including; classical ballet, pointe work, modern, tap, contemporary, pilates and conditioning.

Tring Park has a long association with English National Ballet Company and has been supplying young dancers for many of their productions. Junior Dance Course students are utilised by the company every year in their annual performances of The Nutcracker, occurring over the holiday season.

The annual Young Dancers Show takes place at the end of the spring term. This is an opportunity to showcase the technical and artistic skills of our pupils developed during the year. Works are created encompassing all learned genres, created and taught by in-house choreographers and repetiteurs. The performances take place on site, in the school’s Markova Theatre.

Fees & Funding

The school offers Music and Dance Scheme Awards, funded by the Department for Education. The awards are designed to ensure that access to excellent training may be given to talented young dancers regardless of their background or financial circumstances. These are means-tested awards and therefore the level of funding is dependent on parental income.



What does the audition consist of?

The audition is a classical class, and a modern combination. A solo of your choice is also required in any genre you wish to show.

How long should the solo be?

1 minute in length.

What is the format of the school day?

Vocational classes are held in the morning from 8.30am till 12.05pm, and academic classes are held in the afternoon.

Find Out More

Mr Antony Dowson ARAD, PDTC Dip. | Artistic Director of Encore and Graduate Programmes

Miss Lorraine Jones LISTD (MTH, Tap), AISTD (CB, NT) | Director of Dance Course, Head of Dance

Please get in contact if you have any queries regarding our dance course.