Day & Mini Ballet Retreats


En Avant Ballet regularly holds Day and Mini Ballet Retreats in London and cities all over Europe.

These unique events typically involve ballet classes, repertoire workshops, ballet conditioning exercises, stretching sessions and special guest dancers and teachers from The Royal Ballet and other major ballet companies. 

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Swan Lake Day Retreat, London 

Saturday 4th April 2020, The Place

Join us for a very exciting adult ballet day intensive studying the character of the Black Swan from Liam Scarlett’s beautiful production Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet.  After a ballet class to live music from our musician Ben Socrates,  Ludo Ondiviela and I will take you through the important mime and character interactions as well as the Black Swan solo all from Act 3. Not to be missed!

  • 11am-5.30pm

Dublin Mini Retreat 

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September, 2020

Our annual Mini Retreat at Dance Theatre of Ireland is always a big hit with locals as well as those travelling from afar so it gives me great pleasure to announce the theme of this years’ upcoming weekend is Giselle; the first ballet I ever saw on the Royal Opera House stage and one that solidified my love of ballet at the age of 6. We will be studying 2 pieces of repertoire, firstly Giselle’s solo from Act 1 and the Entrance of the Willis from Act 2. Two very contrasting pieces allowing you to explore the different themes that make up the story of Giselle, love and heartbreak. Challenge your technique and artistry during the Act 1 solo as well as your corps de ballet work when you become a Willi!

  • Suitable for intermediate level adult dancers
  • 11am-5pm each day
  • Euros 160* if you book before April 2020, Euros 175 from April 2020 onwards   – book your place now!

Home Ballet Retreat 

Sunday 10th May, 2020

Our first ever Home Ballet Retreat is here! Our unique half day retreat will consist of live floor barre and classical ballet classes, ‘on the spot’ solo repertoire workshop, ‘Conversation with Karis’ Q and A and inspirational tips on how to train mindfully at home, motivation and remaining positive in times of change plus a relaxing Stretch, Mobility and Relaxation class.

This event will be via Zoom. Due to the nature of this Home Ballet Retreat, only 15 places are available. Places are only confirmed once payment has been mad. Once your place is secure, you will receive an itinerary and additional information.

  • Suitable for intermediate level adult dancers
  • 11am-3pm
  • Book Now!

All Day and Mini Retreats have a strict cancellation policy. Mini Retreat payments are non-refundable within 6 weeks of the start date and Day Retreat payments are non-refundable within 3 weeks of the start date. If you need to cancel your place on a Day Retreat within this 3 week timeframe, credit will be offered for a 12 month period. 

16-17th September 2017 – Dance Theatre of Ireland, Dublin

“What a wonderful way to spend a weekend…After a break of 25 years since regular classes, this was quite the baptism of fire to get back into ballet. I loved every single moment. Thank you Karis for such a fun weekend. I’m looking forward to the next one!”

Barbara Griffin

11th June 2017 – Danceworks, London

“Who needs weights when you can lift women in ballet class? Seriously, probably one of the best workouts of my life. At the beginning it was all jokes and games, but by the end my muscles were done. Thank you Karis for organising such an amazing event with two members of the Royal Ballet.

Andre Krumholz, Marketing Manager