Birmingham Royal Ballet is once again opening up its studios to young dancers of all abilities, with another programme of Insight Days preceded by some shorter “taster” sessions.

Natasha Massie, Ballet Training Officer for Birmingham Royal Ballet, said of the events:

We were delighted to receive such a positive response last time. These events are specifically aimed at providing support for the dancers of the future, and to open up the skills and resources that we have as a Company. The volume of applications that we received last time clearly showed that there are vast numbers of young artists in the region who enjoy ballet, and are keen to sharpen their abilities and understanding of performance. We look forward to meeting more new faces at these latest sessions.

Details of both the Taster sessions and the full Insight Days are outlined below:

Insight Taster sessions, Thursday 31 October/Friday 1 November

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a ballet class in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s studios? Or wanted to meet and be taught by a professional dancer? Our one-off taster sessions offer you an opportunity to experience all of this and more. During your time with us you will get the chance to improve your technique, learn ballets from the Company’s repertoire, look at costumes, and give a small performance for your parents/guardians. We hope that these sessions will be inspirational to those taking part and continue your enjoyment and passion for dance.

Our one-off taster sessions offer a sample of our longer Insight series. They are open to vocational and non-vocational students, with sessions for Grade 1 and below , right up to Grade 6+/Intermediate/Advanced level. There is also an Adult Ballet class for those aged 18+ with some classical ballet training.

Click here for more information, and to download an application form.

Application deadline for the Taster sessions is 27 September.

Insight Days, series starts Sunday 6 October

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Insight Days are a series of full-day workshops that take place across the year in the Company’s Birmingham studios. The Insights aim to assist young dancers to achieve their full potential and offer an insight into life with a professional ballet company, at the same time as making Birmingham Royal Ballet’s current repertoire known and accessible. Ballet teachers are welcome to come and observe their students participation.

Applicants must be working at RAD Intermediate Foundation/Grade 6 and above (or equivalent syllabus), and must NOT be in full-time ballet training.

2013-14 Insight 1: Sunday 6 October 2013
Penguin Café Repertoire Insight Experience
Learn repertoire from ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café, and gain an understanding of the ballet.
Deadline for applications: 13 September 2013.

2013-14 Insight 2: Saturday 1 March 2014
Performance Insight Experience
Watch Company class, meet the dancers for a pre-show talk and attend the matinee of David Bintley’s The Prince of the Pagodas
Deadline for applications: four weeks before event.

2013-14 Insight 3: Sunday 2 March 2014
The Prince of The Pagodas Repertoire Insight Experience
Learn repertoire from The Prince of the Pagodas, and gain an understanding of the ballet.
Deadline for applications: four weeks before event.

2013-14 Insight 4: Sunday 1 June 2014
Stage Craft Insight Experience (based on La Fille mal gardée)
Learn repertoire from La Fille mal gardée and watch a dancer make up for a performance.
Deadline for applications: four weeks before event.

Applications must be in four weeks before each session, with discounts available for those booking for all four sessions at once.

Click here for more information on the Insight days, and to download an application form.