Due to the coronavirus and our desire to follow all associated Governments guidance, Ballet West will be changing to online teaching from the 23rd March until the 20th April. We will continue to run our courses online for our Higher Education and Outreach Programmes. Our Associates will be offered make up classes once we are over this crisis.

I know this is a very challenging time for our students and staff and I would like to assure you that In partnership with Bath Spa University and SQA we will work tirelessly to ensure that our students’ learning is interrupted as little as possible, that all assessments can be completed and students can graduate and still have the amazing careers they deserve.


Ballet West is a wonderfully supportive community where students and staff care deeply for one another. During these uncertain times it is more important than ever to show kindness and remain united. We look forward to overcoming the challenges we face together and emerging from the current difficulties to be stronger and to reach even greater heights - I know we can do this. 


During this longer than expected Easter Break the staff will be working hard on innovative projects which will enhance the student experience and offer even more opportunity to our graduates. We are confident, optimistic and so looking forward to teaching our amazing students in person again.


In the meantime, nothing is more important than the safety of our students so we will be following all government advice. Please stay safe and have a wonderful Easter.


We are still accepting auditions for September entry, Please email or phone Ballet West to discuss.


Gillian Barton

Principal and Founder of Ballet West

Ballet West Scotland

Inspiring Today’s Young Dancer

Ballet West produces students who have been recognised internationally at some of ballet’s most prestigious events including the Genée International Ballet Competition; Prix de Lausanne; Youth America Grand Prix, and Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition. Graduates of the school are successfully working in companies throughout the world.

Ballet West is a professional ballet school with an outstanding reputation, set in the picturesque Highlands of Scotland. Since it was established in 1991, Ballet West has steadily developed vocational training programmes, most notably, the Ballet West High Performance Lower School and Ballet West Upper School, which offers a BA (Honours) in Ballet.


In 2018, Ballet West launched a professional touring company, performing full-length classical productions around the world and offering employment opportunities to graduates of the school.


In addition, Ballet West runs a strong Outreach Programme offering dance classes to all ages throughout Argyll. It also effectively runs three Associate programmes in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow; Outreach Holiday Schools, and an International Summer Intensive where students from around the world are invited to take classes with mentors from Ballet West’s vocational programmes.




Ballet West High Performance Lower School 

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01866 822641 |
Ichrachan House, Taynuilt, Argyll, PA35 1HP, Scotland

Company Number: SC175325

Scottish Charity Number: SC022105

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