Lower School Pre-Vocational Programme

The Pre-Vocational programme was implemented shortly after the launch of the High Performance Lower School, when the need to create a feeder programme that would develop younger dancers, aged 8-10 years, was realised. 


The programme familiarises candidates and their parents with the cross-training methodology applied on the Ballet West High Performance Lower School course. Classes totalling 20 hours weekly are conducted on Monday to Friday, with instruction by mentors and coaches from the High Performance Lower School. 

Dance ​

  • RAD Classical Ballet

  • Cecchetti Classical Ballet

  • Pointe Work

  • Repertoire

  • Contemporary


Cross Training

  • Body Conditioning

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics (Girls Only)

  • Body Difficulty Preparation (Boys Only)

Pre-vocational students will be entered by the Ballet West High Performance Lower School for external RAD and Cecchetti exams, while the in-house contemporary syllabus will be examined by representatives from the Upper School. Female students will also have the opportunity to compete at national Rhythmic Gymnastics events.


Eligible students can be selected to represent Ballet West High Performance Lower School at both national and international events and can be included in Ballet West stage performances. 


Arrangements can be made to provide accommodation and care to students from out of town, if necessary. A carefully appointed and qualified house mother will be responsible for the nutritional and general wellbeing of the students.

Class Schedule & Levels of Training


Level 1 - 8/9 yrs (P4 & P5)


  • 10 hours dance

  • 10 hours cross-training


  • Cecchetti Grade 2 & 3

  • RAD Grade 2 & 3

  • Contemporary Level 1

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics Espoir

Level 2 - 10/11 yrs (P6 & P7)



  • 10 hours dance

  • 10 hours cross-training


  • Cecchetti Grade 4 & 5

  • RAD Grade 4 & 5

  • Contemporary Level 2

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics Espoir/Pre-Junior

Pre-Vocational Course Payment Plan

The yearly course fee can be paid in quarterly instalments of £1,100 or in full. 


The yearly boarding fee requires a deposit of £1,500 followed by 10 monthly payments of £750.

Start your application process here...


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


Ballet West offers short courses of intensive dance training in the idyllic surroundings of Ichrachan House, Taynuilt. Courses are run during the Summer holidays in July.


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01866 822641 | office@balletwest.ac.uk
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