Pre-Professional Programme

Ballet West’s Pre-Professional Programme is a one-year programme for graduate dancers who are looking to refine their technical and artistic abilities and prepare for company life as a professional classical dancer. This programme will create a pathway for pre professional dancers to transition from a vocational training programme to a professional career.


Dancers on the programme will have access to a range of valuable opportunities from private coaching to the creation of new works to performances with the Ballet West Company. A unique aspect of the course is the opportunity that dancers will have to gain work experience with international companies who are partnered with Ballet West. Mentors on the programme will be actively involved in helping the dancers develop and prepare audition material as well as assisting them in creating links with companies, choreographers and artistic directors from around the world.


Following Ballet West’s system of training, which has been key to the success of the full-time school, dancers on the programme will receive tailored coaching and will be mentored by established and renowned artists from the classical ballet field, including Norton Fantinel who will go on to become the Artistic Director of the Ballet West Company in 2021.


The programme will be run from the Ballet West studios in Taynuilt / Oban, Argyll. An exceptionally beautiful and inspiring setting for these emerging artists.

Programme Structure

The Pre-Professional Programme is a rigorous training programme which focuses on strengthening and developing the dancers as individuals in the pursuit of a professional career. Dancers on the programme will receive highly personalised tuition throughout a range of daily classes alongside the opportunity to work with the professional dancers when they are in-house. Dancers will have a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year including a national tour with the acclaimed Ballet West Company, gaining valuable professional experience.


Upon successful completion of the programme dancers will be awarded a certificate, reference and an opportunity for pre-selection into the full-time professional company launching 2021.

The programme will include:

  • Daily classical ballet technique classes

  • Pointe work for women

  • Virtuoso for men

  • Pas de deux

  • Repertoire

  • Contemporary technique classes

  • Daily body conditioning classes

  • Opportunities to work with renowned international choreographers

  • In-house choreographic opportunities

  • Performance opportunities including a national tour with the Ballet West Company

  • Career preparation including audition techniques

Career Planning

The Pre-Professional Programme aims to offer a number of career planning resources as well as work experience opportunities with international companies who are partnered with Ballet West. This will be a bespoke aspect of the programme where each dancer’s artistic vision, goals and aspirations will be considered, and the mentors will offer professional advice and guidance.


Dancers on the programme will receive direction on developing audition material and seeking auditions. As part of the programme dancers will be offered details of professional photographers who are highly sought after for portfolio images; an essential part of the professional audition process. Creating links with companies, choreographers and artistic directors from around the world through work experience opportunities is where this programme sets itself apart and openings like these will be invaluable to young, ambitious pre professional dancers.

Auditions and Applications

Applications are now open for the Ballet West Pre-Professional Programme 2020/21. The programme will run from September 2020 to June 2021. Places are limited to ten dancers and deadline for applications is 31st July 2020.

Entry Requirements


How to Apply


Fees and Funding



We are currently auditioning for 2020/2021. Places also available for final year entry.


Ballet West High Performance Lower School produces versatile dancers with excellent technique.


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.  

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Ballet West

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

Company Number: SC175325

Scottish Charity Number: SC022105

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