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Ballet West Associate Programme


This exciting programme attracts talented students who either aspire to have a career in professional dance or who enjoy and benefit from lessons with top class professionals.  

The programme delivers two courses in Glasgow and Edinburgh with Glasgow students starting at age 8 and Edinburgh students coming through the doors as young as 6.  Integral to both courses is the provision of top class teaching;both have an emphasis on ballet.  

The Glasgow course is run and taught by Jonathan Barton, Vice Principal for Ballet West.  Students in Glasgow also benefit from other faculty members, Daniel F. Job, and Natasha Watson.  

The ethos of both courses is to complement the teaching that students receive elsewhere, while offering them the experience to train alongside professionals.

In Edinburgh, the programme is led by Sara-Maria Barton, Creative Director and Assistant Artistic Director for Ballet West.  The senior and junior courses are run from the beautiful, purpose built dance studios at Dance Base.  While the focus is on ballet and pointethe course also covers repertoire, contemporary, commercial, jazz and yoga. Each month the seniors receive: equal class time in 4 styles of training which vary from month to month and instruction from guest teachers.  Guest teachers have included Dane Bates (contemporary),  Jordi Guitart(jazz/commercial) and Sarah Mortimer (ballet). 

Edinburgh Associates prides itself on offering a widely varied programme with 16 faculty: 6 ballet; 2 jazz/commercial; 1 contemporary; 1 yoga; 3pianists; 1 assistant; 2 dancewear/Pointe shoe fitters.  New to 2016/2017 a junior course for 6 and 7 year olds was introduced covering classes in ballet and jazz/lyrical. 

All students accepted onto either course (8 years+ 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.
Audition form for new applicants:

Application form for returning students:

Payment method: Cheque or make an online payment:

Auditions for 2017/2018

  • Edinburgh Auditions
    Open to dancers age 6+
    Date: Sunday 28th May 2017 (11:00 - 15:30)
    Application Deadline: Friday 28th April 2017
    Audition Fee: £30
    Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

  • Glasgow Auditions
    Open to dancers age 8+
    : Sunday 21st May 2017 (8-12yrs 12:00, 13+yrs 13:45)
    Application Deadline: Friday 12th May 2017

    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 2016-17 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, Catarina Lappin, Dane Bates, Jordi Guitart, Sarah Mortimer, Jessica Boertien, Jaimie Macrae, Stephanie Green, Michael Barnett, Karen MacIver, Marion Christie, Doriana De Gradi and Linsey Johnstone.


Jonathan Barton, Daniel Job, Natasha Watson, Michael Barnett

Dates for 2017/2018

Dance Base, 14 - 16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU 
Class times: Junior Course 11.00 - 1.00pm
                   Senior Course 1.00pm - 5.30pm


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



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