We hope you’ll find answers to all the questions you have about dancing with Penzance Ballet School here, but if you’ve still got questions
Class rates are based on £6 per hour (our half hour toddler sessions are £3). We offer a heavily discounted rate for multiple weekly classes and a sibling discount.
We spread the cost of classes for our child programme over the year with a monthly subscription paid by direct debit, which is easy to set up through our website. Our adult programme is pay per class with advance booking.
We hold child classes on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Our adult classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
We have Tuesday Classes in the dance studios of Penzance Leisure Centre. All of our other classes are held in the upper and lower studios at Penzance YMCA.
We have a uniform for child classes which can be bought new or second hand from us. Adults can choose their clothing, it should just be comfortable to move in – either leotard and tights or yoga-style t-shirt and leggings. Ballet shoes are required for all classes, but for first or taster classes, socks or bare feet are fine.
For our toddlers, our First Steps Ballet is a parent and child class. In all other classes, we encourage parental support for any new students especially for our young ones, therefore we are happy for them to watch for the first couple of lessons. However, we do like to encourage independence and find that our students often get more from their classes when ‘flying solo’!
As two mums, we know it’s hard not to be able to see, so we make sure to schedule regular open classes for parents and family members.
Gosh yes! Boys definitely do ballet – just look up the reaction to US TV host Lara Spencer’s comments about Prince George taking ballet lessons. Now google Carlos Acosta, Stephen McCrae, Vadim Muntagirov, Daniil Simpkin, Marcelino Sambé . . . now show some of those videos to your son and anyone else who wants to know if boys do ballet!
Seriously, we don’t have as many boys as girls in our classes, but we’d love to change that and we welcome anyone who wants to have a go – we plan each lesson individually and make sure that all students are involved and learning in their own way to their own abilities. By the way, we are really pleased that one of our current male students is succeeding as an Associate with the Royal Ballet School, whilst still training with us!
Yes, our teachers are fully qualified and therefore eligible to enter students for OfQual recognised exams with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance examination board.
We encourage our students to take exams as we believe they provide a really valuable structure for progression and achievement. Our exams start in a very friendly way – with Primary and Standard 1 children taking the exam as a class led by their regular teacher. Once children progress to the grades, they take the exam in pairs and go into the exam studio alone.
It can be scary, and there are often nerves and occasionally tears, but they always come out beaming with pride – whether it’s pride in their dancing or conquering the fear, or making the examiner smile!
Whilst we encourage them, we should say, our exams are entirely optional and entries are only made with the full support of parents and children.
Yes, we take part in a show at the end of each summer term. All of our children from Primary Ballet onwards dance in a number of different dances. We also support individual students and groups to showcase their talents at several festivals and competitions and parents’ support and involvement is always encouraged.
We like to think that our students think of our school as a happy, fun and friendly dance family. We try to support and nurture all of our children to help them reach the full heights of their potential and feel great about it whilst they do. But don’t take our word for it, use the button to see some of our parents’ comments – go on!
When you choose a dance teacher, it is vital that you are confident your child is in safe hands. All our teachers have years of training and are qualified with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, one of the world’s leading examination boards. With ISTD teachers at Penzance Ballet School, your child will discover the joy of dance – and you will have the assurance of the best possible training.
ISTD dance teachers are required to undergo rigorous training and examination including the Diploma of Dance Instruction, Diploma of Dance Education, Licentiate and Fellowship. These ensure they are highly knowledgeable, experienced and able to safely and effectively train students of all ages and abilities. They must also demonstrate whether they keep their training up to date and be educated in and follow safe dance practice.
Remember, a dancer’s body is not just for a career, it is for life.
If your child is thinking of a career in dance, be very careful that they are coached by qualified teachers. Early systematic training is vitally important to avoid picking up habits that can be very hard to change and that may put the dancer at risk of injury. Ballet is the foundation of all dance and an exam record in ballet is required as part of the admissions procedure for most vocational training centres, no matter what dance genre is to be studied.
Our teachers have years of training and are qualified with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, one of the world’s leading examination boards whose exam system is OfQual recognised. We also encourage our gifted students to take advantage of as many professional training opportunities as possible, including the Royal Ballet Associates and Ballet Boost Associates.
When you choose a dance teacher, it is vital that you are confident your child is in safe hands. ISTD dance teachers are required to undergo rigorous training and examinations to ensure they are highly knowledgeable and confident to train students of all ages and abilities. In addition, they must demonstrate that they keep their training up to date and follow safe practice. With ISTD teachers at Penzance Ballet School, your child will discover the joy of dance – and you will have the assurance of the best possible training.
Along with everyone else, we closed out doors during the 2020 lockdown. On re-opening we are following current government guidance for protective measures for schools, for out of school settings and for grassroots sports, gym and leisure facilities. We have revisited our risk assessment in light of the risk of the spread of infection and have put a range of safety and mitigation procedures in place to ensure that our classes are as safe as they can be.
We are confident that our classes provide a safe setting for children under the current government guidance, however we do recommend seeking the advice of your GP before participating, especially if anyone in the household is at higher risk should they contract COVID-19.