Ballet Master Classes


En Avant Ballet offers exciting ballet master classes often taught by leading professional ballet dancers, giving you the unique opportunity to learn from experts in the ballet world.

Past guest ballet teachers from The Royal Ballet include Principal ballerinas Mara Galeazzi and Yasmine Naghdi, Principal Guest Artist Thiago Soares, Principal Character Artist Thomas Whitehead, First Soloist dancer Claire Calvert and Soloist dancer Nicol Edmonds.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis all our Master Classed at The Place are cancelled. Instead we are running our Master Classes via Zoom!

Please read our terms and conditions before booking an online class.

Upcoming Master Classes


Alignments and the 'Dancer's Box'

Do you find yourself confused and overwhelmed by the many different body and stage alignments, directions of travel and which use of epaulement is correct to each direction and movement? Maybe you've heard teachers mention the 'dancer's box' (a representation of the stage or studio and its fixed points) and have no idea what they are talking about?! Then this master class is for you!

We will learn and go through each of the 9 directions of the body as well as their respective port de bras variations both at the barre and in the centre concisely and with repetition. We will also explore the benefits of knowing the 'dancer's box' to help you achieve the correct alignment of the body in centre enchainments, learn to orient yourself in the space you're dancing in and speed up your ability to pick up and understand choreography. As these terms are all in French make sure you have a notebook at the ready to write the words down for future review and memory! If you have a wooden floor, you may also find it beneficial to mark the fixed points of the 'dancer's box' with non-adhesive traceless sticky tape.

This Master Class is aimed at adult ballet dancers from a complete beginner to intermediate level although all levels are welcome.

Monday 13th July, 6-7.15pm UK time via Zoom, £20 - Book now!

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“HUGE THANK YOU for the FABULOUS Pas De Deux master class. It was an amazing experience and I have always wanted to try a Fish Dive – now I have done it! There is still life in the old boy yet!”

Ray Wheaton, former Page of Chambers to HM The Queen

“It’s a privilege as an adult to be given the opportunity to learn from such talented professional dancers. Nicol Edmonds gave a master class in the truest sense of the word: it was a positive challenge for the mind and body to take familiar movements and try new combinations at a professional pace – all in keeping with En Avant Ballet’s uniquely fun and friendly environment.”

Gemma Ellis, Digital Manager at Channel 5

Past Master Classes

18th February 2020 - Intermediate Ballet Master Class at Estudio Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil

26th January 2020 - Artistry, Musicality and Characterisation Master Class at Cambridge University 

19th January 2020 - Pirouette Master Class 

8th December 2019 - 'Tutus and Tinsel' Christmas Master Class

10th November 2019 - Artistry and Musicality 

2nd June 2019 - Allegro Master Class

31st March 2019 - Introduction to Ballet Master Class 

3rd February 2019 - Pirouette Master Class

9th December 2018 - 'Tutus and Tinsel' Christmas ballet class

26th August 2018 - 'Class then a glass' Summer ballet class 

29th July 2018 - Pointe Work Master Class

20th May 2018 - Adage Master Class 

21st January 2018 – Pirouette Master Class – check out some footage from the class here

11th June 2017 – Pas De Deux with Royal Ballet dancers Nicol Edmonds and Claire Calvert

26th February 2017 – Beginner Pointe Work Class with Royal Ballet first soloist and En Avant Ballet guest teacher Claire Calvert

19th February 2017 – Boys Ballet Master Class with Royal Ballet soloist and En Avant Ballet guest teacher Nicol Edmonds

20th September 2016 – Ballet Master Class with Royal Ballet Principal ballerina Mara Galeazzi

25th October 2015 – Ballet and Romeo & Juliet Repertoire Master Class with Royal Ballet Principal ballerina Mara Galeazzi

25th May 2015 – Ballet and Repertoire Coaching Master Class with Royal Ballet Principal Yasmine Naghdi.