A message from Sonya, Principal of Brighton Ballet School
!thst It is with heavy heart that I am now forced to close the doors to our beautiful studios for the time being. These times are unprecedented and exceptional and many of us face difficulties with schools and businesses now closing too. I started this school over 12 years ago with an initial 12 students and have since built it up to the thriving school that it is today with more than 180 students visiting us per week! When I think back through the years I feel overwhelmingly grateful for all the wonderful memories and inspirational people of all ages that I have been fortunate to work with up to this point.
Moving to on-line classes!
With events moving swiftly and the government recommending tighter restrictions on our movements it is now time for us to move our teaching services on line for a while. I will be running all our classes as usual, but instead of you joining us in the studio, I will be joining you in your homes! The timetable will remain the same so for the next two weeks you will be able to join any class on the timetable via an on line live feed that will be available to students who have paid their fees for this half term.
Summer Term and going forward
At present I anticipate that we will still be under similar restrictions going into the summer term due to start Monday 20th April, therefore we will be offering a number of options for students to continue dancing with us including a monthly subscription, or course fees as below:
Fees for the summer term of Saturday School classes were due to be paid (under the early bird discounted rates) this Saturday 21st March. We know that many of you have already paid fees and want to reassure you that we will be in touch to see which option would best suit your circumstances.
Join us for a class:
We would like to encourage all our students to continue attending classes with us on line, live and coached and led by our Principal Sonya Pettigrew. These will continue after the Easter holidays on Monday 20th April for a total of 11 weeks duration. We are planning to try and keep the timetable the same for next term, and there will be the option to take extra classes during the week as part of your course fees! Parents and students will also be able to access a Brighton Ballet School private Facebook group, where extra resources, information and live-streamed classes will be broadcast daily!
Baby Ballet Class Activity Packs
Our youngest students who attend our baby ballet classes will also have the option to purchase an activity pack that will contain resources such as a scarf, tambourine and activity sheet to support their learning through this period, all delivered directly to your door before the commencement of the live classes next week! Watch the school’s shop for more information.
Please note :
- There will be no classes this Saturday 21th March 2020. A live online class will be replacing this during the Easter Holidays.
- The options outlined below will only be available whilst we are forced to offer online live-streaming of our classes. If we are able to return to the dance studio before the end of the summer term, further fees may apply as we will then need to pay rent to the venue once again to BHASVIC sixth form college.
We have two options for students as follows:
- Pay your fees upfront – (April – July)
£92.50 (Saturday School), £104.50 (Teen/Adult school)
You can pay your fees up front in advance for the April – July summer term. This will be a one-off payment of £92.50 (children’s school), £104.50 (teen/adult school), a saving of £15.50 and will include :
- Access to all classes on our timetable including Ballet, ACRO, PBT and Tap
- Access to children’s coaching classes held on week days for Primary to Grade 4 ballet children’s classes.
- Additional resources which will be emailed to you upon completion of your subscription such activity sheets, timetables of what’s on, information sheets including stretches and workouts that you can do at home. Please note that baby ballet activity packs are not included in this price and will be available for purchase via the website.
- Access to a private Facebook group where additional resources will be posted including replay of our classes so you can watch again.
- Pay a monthly subscription
You can also join on a monthly subscription at a cost of £27.00 (Children’s school) £30.00 (teen/adult school) per month. This subscription will give you access to everything outlined above and be charged on a monthly basis. Please note that subscription fees will be due on the 1st of each month and that no part refunds will be able to be offered if you decide to change your mind during the course of the month you are subscribed.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding these options.
Please check out our health and safety recommendations for taking part in classes at home. Click here for more information
Progressing Ballet Technique
We are planning to hold our ‘final Friday’ PBT class as scheduled on Friday 3rd April and would be delighted for you to join us! If you have not signed up yet, you can do this via the website.
PBT in the summer term
Going forward we will be holding a minimum of 2 PBT classes per week! We hope to make these accessible for everyone and therefore vary the times they are held between daytime and evening classes.
Don’t have a PBT ball?
If you don’t have a ball but would like to take PBT classes going forward please get in touch. We are offering our students a PBT package of equipment that will be delivered to your door and include; an inflated ready to use PBT ball, a PBT 2.4 meter exercise band, a PBT small ball at a cost of £30.00.
You can also order small balls at a cost of £6, and the special 2.4 m PBT bands at £10.00
What about exams?
Much like the rest of the country, unfortunately, BBO Dance (our examining board) are unsure what will happen over the next few months, therefore they cannot commit to any exam dates at this point. We do have our exam date booked, however we will all have to see what will happen over the next few weeks and months before we commit to an exam date.
Thank you for your continued support. I would like to wish you and your family my very best wishes.
Stay safe, stay strong, keep dancing!
Small bespoke classes
We offer small bespoke classes, tailored to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students are vocational requiring us to work closely with parents and school to ensure the best outcome for their future career.
Excellent Exam Result
We pride ourselves on repeatedly receiving excellent exam results. We have a 100% pass rate, with on average 70% of students receiving Distinctions at exams of all levels and disciplines. During the past 12 years we have prepared hundreds of students for exams in ballet and tap, many of which have gone on to have successful careers in the industry.
Many of our Students have been attending the school for a great many years, starting when they were just 4 or 5 years old. We feel it is a great privilege to watch them grow into confident successful adults and follow their careers with keen interest.
We like to get to know our students so that we can tailor their training to suit their needs and abilities. We find that this personal approach leads to a more fulfilled happier student who will make faster progress under this tutelage.
Dedicated teaching staff
Our dedicated team of teachers are passionate about sharing the subjects they teach. Each member of staff are carefully hand picked and skills assessed for the roles they perform. Our staff are thoroughly screened and hold both enhanced DBS checks and professional liability insurance.
Fantastic purpose built facilities
We are fortunate to have use of the dance studio at BHASVIC sixth form college. This purpose built studio is equipped with sprung harlequin dance floor, floor to wall mirrors, barres, changing facilities and is fully air conditioned. We also have free onsite parking available.