Ballet West High Performance Lower School
The aim of Ballet West High Performance Lower School is to holistically prepare student dancers to pursue their vision as artists.
Ballet West High Performance Lower School produces versatile dancers with excellent technique, well-developed physiques, a disciplined approach and a committed work ethic able to withstand the strenuous demands of a professional career in dance.
Extensive dance training, balanced by a structured academic programme, is designed to secure students a secondary education while associating with likeminded individuals in an environment stimulating them as artists.
Since it was established in 1991, Ballet West has developed an ambitious educational programme offering full-time Higher Education courses leading to BA (Hons) in Dance. Ballet West also runs outreach classes throughout Argyll for students from age 2 through to adults, International Summer Intensives and Associate courses in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
In addition, Ballet West has an established semi professional company and the newly formed professional Ballet West International Touring Company. The semi-professional company is comprised of the High Performance Lower School and Upper School students, as well as invited professional guest artists. The Ballet West International Touring Company was created to provide a platform for the Upper School graduates to obtain professional stage experience across a wide range of repertoire. Both companies have an extensive audience base and a reputation for delivering quality productions around Scotland and internationally.
The ambition to start a high performance vocational training programme for 11-16 year olds was realised in 2018 when
‘Art of Motion’, a school in South Africa with a unique cross-training methodology and an outstanding track record for developing world-class student dancers, agreed to close their school in South Africa and lead the Ballet West High Performance Lower School in Scotland.
Offer structured high performance dance training to suitable candidates.
Provide Rhythmic Gymnastics, Swimming, Fitness and Body Conditioning sessions as a form of cross-training to develop discipline, extreme co-ordination, flexibility, strength and stamina.
Deliver a physical support programme incorporating sports massage and hydro-therapy.
Align secondary academic subject qualifications for further Higher Education study.
Select performance opportunities ensuring artistic development.
Expose selected candidates to national and international events able to recognise and promote students.
Ensure a safe and nurturing environment for all students.