Silver Swans ballet intensive: beginners

Course Dates: 15/04/24 - 19/04/24
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Keeley Street
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Our beginners intensive course will work on achieving improved balance, strength and flexibility as well as technical skills giving you the opportunity to further develop your technique and continue your ballet journey through friendly and supportive classes where you will learn dances (also known as variations) from a famous ballet.
Please note that some ballet experience is required even for beginners.
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Silver Swans ballet intensive: beginners
  • Course Code: DDP400
  • Dates: 15/04/24 - 19/04/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Taught: Mon-Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Abigail Bulfin

Course Code: DDP400

Mon-Fri, day, 15 Apr - 19 Apr '24

Duration: 5 sessions

Any questions? drama@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0413

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Centre for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

The Silver Swans® intensive is a great opportunity to fully immerse yourself in to the classical world with an introduction to ballet principles with an emphasis on learning specially adapted repertoire from one of the popular 19th or 20th Century ballets in a fun, enjoyable and accessible way.

What will we cover?

We will focus on building the technique and movement vocabulary necessary to develop the expression, musicality and performance skills required to perform these adaptations. Repertoire is the catalogue of classical ballets that have been passed down the generations of dancers, from Swan Lake to The Nutcracker. During this intensive we will be exploring the fairy tale classic Sleeping Beauty.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Learn basic ballet technique and ballet mime
Use flexibility, co-ordination and balance
Demonstrate increased stamina and control of movement
Perform a set dance sequence/repertoire and mime with greater ease and confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This Silver Swans® ballet beginners intensive is suitable for older leaners 55+ with at least 1 term of foundation ballet or Silver Swans® experience.


A beginner's dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any dance class there will be student’s of all levels and abilities. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group work in a well equipped, modern sprung floor studio with music. It is essential to be ready to start on time.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. Tights, leotards or clothing that does not restrict movement will allow your tutor to see your work more clearly. Ballet shoes either canvas or leather with elastics. Dance belts are recommended for the men. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. No jewellery to be worn during class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Sign up for our regular Silver Swans® classes or speak to the teacher about other ballet classes that might be suitable for you to explore. Search dance courses on our website.

Abigail Bulfin

Abby trained at Central School of Ballet and went on to perform with The London Ballet Company for five years. She has since built up a varied professional career as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. After a back injury threatened to end her career Abby realised the huge positive impact Pilates had on her recovery and went on to train as an instructor with the world renowned Alan Herdman. Abby decided to combine her love of ballet and passion to help dancers train in a safe and healthy way by opening her own Ballet Academy and Pilates studio where she teaches children and adults of all ages. Abby is a Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher and is currently furthering her teacher training with The Royal Ballet School. She is also delighted to have returned to Central School of Ballet as a member of the Junior School ballet faculty and regularly teaches on Central’s Summer Intensives and half term courses.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.