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Ballet West Associate Program


Ballet West have been running an associate program in Glasgow and Edinburgh for several years.

This courses involves classes in ballet and jazz aimed specifically at talented students who aspire to have a career in professional dance or who would enjoy and benefit from a series of classes with top class professionals.

Edinburgh Associates is excited to announce the start of an exciting new programme for 6&7 year olds! From September 2016, a shorter course will run alongside the already existing course, giving opportunities to the younger dancer in classical ballet, choreography and jazz. 

All students accepted on the course (8years+ only) will have the opportunity to perform in a full length ballet with the Ballet West Company.

Age Group

Edinburgh Associates - Dancers from the age of 6+ may apply

Glasgow Associates - Dancers from the age of 8+ may apply.


The annual course fee for each venue is £500 for dancers aged 8 years+ and £300 for 6 & 7 year olds (Edinburgh only). 

This fee is for a course of 10 classes throughout the year and refunds cannot be given for missed classes.

How to apply?

Download the appropriate form and return to Ballet West.  The deposit is not due until a letter of acceptance is received.

Audition form for new applicants:

Application form for returning students:

  • Returning Edinburgh Associates - please download this application form and pay the deposit to reserve your place.
  • Returning Glasgow Associates - please download this application form and pay the deposit to reserve your place.

Payment method: cheque or make an online payment:

Auditions for 2016/2017

  • Edinburgh Auditions 
  • Open to dancers age 6+
    Date: Sunday, 29th May 2016
    11:00am-3:30pm (class times will be allocated after the closing date)
    Deadline for application: Friday, 29th April 2016.
    Audition Fee: £30
    Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

  • Glasgow Auditions
    Date: Sunday, 26th June 2016 
    8-12 yrs 12:00-1.30pm & 12+years 1.45pm-3.15pm
    Deadline for application: Sunday 19th June 2016
    Audition Fee: £30
    Scottish Opera, 39 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PT


Edinburgh Audition 2015

Class Locations

The programme is held one Sunday per month at the following venues:

  • Edinburgh:
    Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU
  • Course Director - Sara-Maria Barton
  • Glasgow:
    Scottish Opera, 39 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PT
  • Course Director - Jonathan Barton

For 2015-16 class dates and times, please refer to timetable below.

edinburgh associates auditionee.jpgEdinburgh Audition 2015


"The performance of Swan Lake was just beautiful.
Sara, Jonathan, the students and the whole Ballet West professional team did an outstanding job of bringing the story to life. The enthusiastic crowd filled the Beacon Arts Centre and really loved the performance. The costumes were magnificent, the dancing was dazzling and the set designs were stunning. From beginning to end the story was told with emotion and elegance. 

Thank you for letting my daughter and the other Ballet West AP students take part. I think they were all inspired by watching, performing and interacting with Sara Barton, Jonathan Barton and the full time students."
   - Parent of an Associates student



Sara-Maria Barton, Martin Fenton, Catarina Lappin, Jordi Guitart, Sarah Mortimer, Carlie-Anne Chuchla, Michael Barnett, Karen MacIver, Jessica Boertien and Linsey Johnston


Jonathan Barton, Daniel Job, Natasha Watson, Michael Barnett

Dates for 2015/2016

Dance Base, 14 - 16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU 
Class times: 12.00pm - 4.30pm

Scottish Opera, 39 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PT
Class times: 11:00am - 4.00pm



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28th February
13th March
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10th April
17th April
8th May
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12th June

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*Edinburgh Associate's 2016/17 dates confirmed*

September 11th 2016

October 9th 2016

November 13th 2016

December 11th 2016

January 8th 2017

February 5th 2017

March 12th 2017

April 2nd 2017

May 14th 2017

June 11th 2017

Contact Us

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Ichrachan House - Taynuilt - Argyll - PA35 1HP - Scotland - UK
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Ballet West is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status
Company Number 175325 - Scottish Charity Number SCO22105

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