Sixth Form Dance Course

The Sixth Form Dance Course offers The Trinity Level 5 and 6 Diploma in Professional Dance.

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

Students that successfully complete the course receive a Level 5 or 6 vocational qualification, indicating their readiness to join the performing arts industry upon graduation. It is a course that is designed to deliver 21st-century training, ensuring students are industry-ready upon graduation.

The course culminates in a year of pre-professional experience, delivered through the school’s own touring company Encore Dance Company. Pupils can either study the two-year (Level 5) or three-year (Level 6) programme of study, accredited by Trinity College London.

Course Summary

The course is for the dancer with an interest in many different genres and the drive to be as versatile and employable as possible. Creativity and independent motivation are encouraged and nurtured via a wide range of subjects learned, with ample opportunities to express their skills and artistic abilities throughout their training. A large faculty with a diverse range of experiences across the professional performance industry are ideally placed to mentor and prepare students for the rigour of their chosen careers.

Students study a variety of dance genres including: classical ballet, pointe work, solos, repertoire, pas de deux, contemporary (Release and Cunningham), jazz, commercial, pilates, conditioning, fitness, weights, contemporary improvisation (Years Two and Three), jazz double work (Year Three) and contact improvisation (Year Three). Students are also able to supplement their vocational training with syllabus classes in RAD Ballet, Cecchetti Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap, enabling students to achieve these useful qualifications via additional Saturday lessons.

Recent graduates of this course have gone on to have successful careers as choreographers and commercial dancers and have also joined companies that include: Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Ballet Theatre UK, Tulsa Ballet Company, Orlando Ballet Company, The National Moravian – Silesian Theatre, Vanemuine Ballet Company, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Budapest Dance Theatre, Baltic Opera Ballet, Anything Goes, Wicked, Tanz Kassel Contemporary Dance Company, San Diego Ballet, Ballet Ireland, Beauty & The Beast, Dancers Inc, Summer The Donna Summer Musical, Cabaret Kit Kat Club, The Romanian National Opera, Singapore Dance Theatre, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Takarazuka Music School, Ballet Cymru 2, Princess Cruises, Netherlands Dance Theatre 2, P&O Cruises, Brecon Festival Ballet, Rubicon Dance Company, Ballet De Toulouse, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Eliot Smith Dance.


Course Structure

The first year of the course lays the foundation for what is to come: students study classical ballet technique along with two other core subjects of contemporary dance and jazz dance. Additional subjects studied in the first-year include pointe work, ballet repertoire and solos, pas de deux, Pilates, conditioning (including weight training), and commercial dance.

In the second year, students continue to develop their skills in all aspects of dance with additional classes added in contemporary improvisation. As part of the Trinity Diploma, all practical studies are underpinned by theoretical and contextual knowledge known as Integrated Professional Studies (IPS), wherein students study aspects of becoming working professional dancers. This unit of the Trinity Diploma is delivered across the first five terms of the Sixth Form course, with students developing a portfolio of their responses to the lessons undertaken.

In the third and final year of training, vocational work intensifies as the students transition into Encore Dance Company, working towards the Trinity Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance. Daily work becomes reminiscent of professional company life. Industry professionals are invited to set new or existing dance repertoire on the Company for their showcase as the students learn to adapt to the rigours of professional life and rise to the expectations of being a company member.


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 is the Trinity Diploma?

The Professional Performing Arts Diploma is a further education (FE) vocational qualification accredited by Trinity College London. Tring Park is one of several course providers within the UK, and offers both a Level 5 (two-year, completed in Years One & Two) and Level 6 (three-year) version of the qualification in Professional Dance.

What does the audition consist of?

The audition is a classical class, showing pointe work and a contemporary phrase. A solo of your choice is also required in any genre you wish to show.

How long should the solo be?

One minute in length.

What is the format of the school day?

Academic subjects are held in the morning from 8.30am and vocational classes start at 1.45pm and go on until 6.30pm.

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