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Ballet West Associate Program

Aspiring Professionals 


Ballet West have been running an associate program named "Aspiring Professionals" 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.

All students accepted on the course will have the opportunity to perform in a full length ballet with the Ballet West Company.

Age Group

Dancers from the age of 8+ may apply.


The annual course fee for each venue is £450.

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

Students wishing to register for both Glasgow & Edinburgh classes, will be entitled to a 10% discount.
This will also apply to a 2nd or 3rd family member registering.

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:
Glasgow Aspiring Professionals Audition Form
Edinburgh Aspiring Professionals Audition Form

Application form for current students:
Current students should download this application form and pay the deposit to reserve your place.

Payment method: cheque, telephone or bank transfer (please contact for details).


  • Glasgow Auditions: Sunday, 21st June 2015
    3.30pm for  8-12yrs
    4.30pm for 13+yrs. 
    Scottish Opera, 39 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PT

  • Edinburgh Auditions: Sunday, 14th June 2015
    11.30am for 8-12yrs
    12.30pm for 13+yrs
    Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU


Class Locations

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

  • Glasgow:
    Scottish Opera, 39 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PT
  • Edinburgh:
    Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU

For 2014-15 class dates and times, please refer to timetable below.

Ballet West in China


"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 Aspiring Professional student


Jonathan Barton, Sara-Maria Barton, Vicky Horn, Martin Fenton,
Lynne Jenkinson

Dates for 2014/2015

Dance Base, 14 - 16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU 
Class times: September - November: 11.00am - 5.30pm
and December - June 1.00pm - 5.30pm

Scottish Opera, 39 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PT
Class times: 11:00am - 3.30pm



18th January
1.00pm - 5:30pm
18th January
11:00am - 3:30pm
15th February
1.00pm - 5:30pm
8th March
11:00am - 3:30pm
15th March
1.00pm - 5:30pm
29th March
11:00am - 3:30pm
19th April
1.00pm - 5:30pm
19th April
11:00am - 3:30pm
10th May
1.00pm - 5:30pm
17th May
11:00am - 3:30pm

14th June
1.00pm - 5:30pm

21st June
11:00am - 3:30pm

Contact Us

Ballet West
Ichrachan House - Taynuilt - Argyll - PA35 1HP - Scotland - UK
t. 01866 822641 - f. 01866 822020 - e.
Ballet West is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status
Company Number 175325 - Scottish Charity Number SCO22105

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