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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. In both venues the courses involve classes in ballet and jazz aimed specifically at talented students who aspire to 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.

How to apply?

Please download the appropriate Audition Form and return to Ballet West.
You may mail it to Ballet West (address below & on form) or email There is no need to send in a deposit, until a letter of acceptance is received.

Audition form for new applicants:
Glasgow Aspiring Professionals Audition Form
Edinburgh Aspiring Professionals Audition Form

Current students should download this application form and pay the deposit to reserve your place. You may return the form to Ballet West by mail or email. Payment method: cheque, bank transfer (please contact for details) or by telephone.


  • Glasgow Auditions
    Scottish Opera, 39 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PT
    21 June 2015. Times tbc

  • Edinburgh Auditions
    Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU
    14 June 2015. Times tbc


The annual course fees for the classes in each venue will be £450 for 2015-16. This fee is for a course of 10 classes throughout the year and refunds cannot be given for missed classes. Students wishing to attend more than one set of classes, i.e. Glasgow & Edinburgh, will be entitled to a 10% discount on the 2nd class; this will also apply to a 2nd or 3rd family member attending the same class.

Class Locations: Glasgow & Edinburgh

The classes will take place at the following venues on one Sunday every month:

  • 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 right hand timetable.


Jonathan Barton, Vicky Horn, Martin Fenton, Lynne Jenkinson.



"The Sunday night performance of Swan Lake was just beautiful.
Sara and 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 Smith, Jonathan Barton and the full time students."
   - Parent of an Aspiring Professional student

Dates for 2014/2015

Dance Base, 14 - 16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU 
Class times: Sept, Oct & Nov 11.00am - 5.30pm and
Dec - June 1.00pm - 5.30pm

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



14 September
28 September
2 12 October 26 October
16 November
16 November
4 14 December 30 November
18 January
18 January
15 February
8 March
15 March
29 March
19 April
19 April
10 May
17 May
14 June
21 June

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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