Junior Associates Programme

We invite young dancers from 8 to 16 years of age to join Danceworks Junior Associates.

Term dates

Spring Term: Commencing Saturday 8th January.

14 weeks to 31st March (half term 15-19 February).

Class times

9.00-10.15 ages 8 to 11 years

10.15-11.30 ages 12 to 16 years

Fees

Spring Term 2022 (12 weeks) – £120 

£12 per class

Private coaching available on request

These Saturday morning Ballet classes are for students that aspire to improve their level of ballet technique. This programme will enhance ability and artistry, ensuring ballet vocabulary is secure, as they benefit from Danceworks renowned training excellence, as well as preparation for vocational programmes and summer school auditions and competitions. 

Classes

Class 1: Students aged between 8-11 years will be expected to have at least two years of previous ballet training to attend. This can be RAD, ISTD, Cecchetti etc but not necessarily exam based.

This class is designed to bring the students to a level where they can enter into vocational schools by carefully building up strong classical technique and confidence. Every student’s options will be carefully considered to get them on track with auditions that will pave their way into different intensive programmes locally and abroad. These classes will enhance their chances of achieving all their training goals. 

Class 2:  Students aged between 12-16 years will be expected to have at least four years of training. 

These students may not necessarily be aiming to attend vocational schools but would still like to receive the same quality of training that renowned schools have on offer. It is also suitable for students requiring additional excellent coaching to help with auditions and competitions. There are many benefits for young ballet dancers to be connected to Danceworks which attracts the world’s leading dance stars to teach. To apply, please complete the application from below. Places will be limited so early application is recommended. Decisions will be given within 5 days. Priority will be given to suitable students who commit to the term.

By the time the students reach the age of 16 they should feel confident enough physically and emotionally to further their options into a career of dance.

Additional personalised coaching and mentoring is available as well as video production and studio online auditions, for all ages. 

Danceworks 

Danceworks is internationally renowned for its faculty of Ballet teachers as well as its regular Masterclasses taught by Ballet stars including Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntegirov. Class 2 students on the Junior Associates Programme will have the opportunity to attend these. Class 2 students will also be invited to join our Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) class from 12.00-13.00 every Saturday with a 50% fee reduction. 

Classes taught by Yolandi Moreira:

South African born Yolandi started her ballet training at age four. From age twelve she was taught  by Martin Schonberg’s Ballet Theatre Afrikan Academy of Dance and attended the National School  of the Arts from 1996-1999. She completed her schooling at Canada’s National Ballet School in  Toronto. In 1998 Yolandi won the Prix de l’association pour de l’Opera National de Paris at the 8th  concours international De Danse de Paris. In 1999, she was a semi-finalist the the Prix de  Lausanne winning her scholarship to train in Canada. In 2001, she participated in the Helsinki  International Ballet Competition and won the South African leg of the International Cecchetti  competition. Later that year she won second prize in the international leg of the same competition  in Melbourne, Australia. She returned to Helsinki in 2005 where she was a semi-finalist at the  Helsinki International Ballet Competition.

In 2000, upon her return to South Africa, she joined the Ballet Theatre Afrikan Company (BTA) as  a principal dancer. Whilst with BTA she toured South Africa performing a number of principal roles  including Paquita, Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty, Grand Pas Classique as well as Odette/Odile  from in Swan Lake.

In 2001 Yolandi became the youngest Giselle ever in South Africa when she appeared as a guest  artist with the South African Ballet Theatre (SABT). She joined SABT in April 2008 as a soloist and  made her debut with the company as Queen of the Dryads. She performed in various other soloist

and principal roles during her time in the company which included roles like • Gypsy pas de deux and pas de six in La Traviata,

  • Carmen,
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Cinderella
  • Nutcracker
  • Principal in roles in Giselle as “Giselle”
  • Odette Odile in Swan Lake.

In 2011 Yolandi started her new venture as a freelance dancer and choreographer in various  festivals and corporate functions.Yolandi also became an aerial artists doing various strength and  silk acts in South Africa, Zambia and Dubai.

Since 2012 Yolandi has focused on preparing students for entry into vocational schools, and  putting them through their dance examinations in the Cecchetti method as well as coaching in the  RAD method and rehabilitating injured dancers with intense body conditioning and floor barre  training. Yolandi has been living in London since 2017 where she was a teacher at the Danceworks  International Ballet Academy and has coached various private students for competitions, exams  and auditions. She has also received her Level 1,2 and 3 qualification in the Progressive Ballet  Technique and teaches regular PBT classes.

TO APPLY:  Please complete the application form below and either submit online with photos, or email your answers and attach photos to [email protected]
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