Ballet West is a ballet school with an outstanding reputation, based in Taynuilt in Argyll. Since it was established in 1991, Ballet West has steadily developed an ambitious educational programme and now offers a full-time HND in Professional Dance Performance and a BA (Hons) in Dance. It also runs a variety of outreach classes for students from age 3 through to adults. These include classes for 300 young people throughout Argyll, four Summer Schools and two year-long Associate courses in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
In addition, Ballet West has developed as a semi-professional touring company with an extensive audience base and extremely high reputation for delivering quality productions. The 2014 tour of Swan Lake took place at 12 venues around Scotland and was seen by over 5000 people. In recent years the company has also toured China twice.
At Ballet West we are committed to making the student experience the very best it can possibly be. From two-year-olds taking their first dance class, to under-graduate professionals, you will be treated as an individual and offered the very best in dance training.
Ballet West has produced medallists and finalists at the RAD Genée International Ballet Competition and is regularly represented at the competition.
2015 Genée Candidates
Wishing our candidates the best of luck in this year's competition.
Daniella Brown, Karen Ferry and Emma Robinson
Huge congratulations to Ballet West students Emma Thomas, Oscar Ward and Emily Corbitt who each won awards at the RAD Senior Awards Day.
Emma - runner up advanced level, Oscar - winner of the advanced level and Emily won the Terry Darke Memorial Award for musicality.
- Natasha Watson has recently been awarded the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal award. Natasha was the only candidate from the UK chosen to participate in last year's prestigious Prix de Lausanne. In 2013, Natasha was awarded the bronze medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition. Following her success at this prestigious competition, Natasha danced with Scottish Ballet on their tour of Hansel and Gretel on a student contract. Natasha has now returned to continue her studies at Ballet West.
- Huge congratulations to Andrew MacFarlane, recent BA (Hons) graduate who has been given a contract with English National Ballet.
- Isabella Swietlicki won a Bronze medal at the Genee International Ballet Competition in September 2014. In 2012, Isabella won the prestigious Molly Lake Award for the 'Best British Young Dance of the Year'
- In the summer of 2014, current student Isaac Bowry was chosen to be part of the Matthew Bourne production, Lord of the Flies. He played Michael in the Glasgow shows and danced alongside the company dancers.
Prizewinners - Scottish Rural Awards - March 2015
Gillian Barton and Jonathan Barton receive the award from Tessa Howard-Vyse Strathallan School (the sponsor of the Education category)