We are pleased to announce that the Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre has undergone a number of successful changes and has been renamed York Dance Scholars.

Classes are on Saturdays at Joseph Rowntree School with all groups participating in three sessions: Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary as well as featuring special workshops in other genres e.g. Musical Theatre.

We are delighted to announce that the following highly acclaimed teachers have confirmed their availability to be included in the new faculty:

  • Eric Assandri
  • Stewart Avon Arnold
  • Antonio Borriello
  • Vincent Cabot
  • Claire Corruble-Cabot
  • Stuart Hayes
  • Simon Horrill
  • Nathalie Leger
  • Graeme Pickering
  • Elizabeth Rae
  • Kirsty Sparks
  • Cheryl Thrush
  • Craig Turbyfield

The programme consists of 3 x ten week terms.

Any questions or queries please contact us.


Audition Dates

Saturday 20th April 2019

All applicants will be considered age 9- 18yrs wishing to join the scheme in Sept 2019.

Audition Format

Ballet Class & Jazz Class in suitable attire

Audition Fee £30

Closing Date

Tuesday 31st March 2019

Application Form

Please download, complete and return through the Contact Us page the application form below as soon as possible.

Summer School


If you love to dance come and join us!

4 Days of great classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Musical Theatre with experienced teachers for age 9 – 17yrs. Fun filled recreational activities including swimming sessions in the beautiful on site pool.

Theatre Performance Finale

Full Residential £400 (10% Early Bird discount up to 1st May)
Day pupils £75 per day including lunch

Monday 5th August – Thursday 8th August incl.
Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, York YO19 6EU

£100 Deposit required. Please download, complete and return through the Contact Us page, the two forms below to secure your place.


About Us

York Dance Scholars is a registered charity providing master classes in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Modern Jazz with highly acclaimed teachers from around the world with a wealth of experience in the dance profession.

The classes are on Saturdays in the Theatre and Studio at Joseph Rowntree School in York.

Scholars receive expert training in three genres on a weekly basis within term times enabling them to dance with other talented and dedicated students with a passion for dance.

The Centre is renowned for preparing students for auditions for entrance to vocational dance schools and full time dance institutions.

The master classes are intended to complement the training given by their own dance teacher and are intended to :

  • Further their technical skills
  • Develop their musicality
  • Develop their artistic interpretation
  • Develop communication skills and a good working relationship between the YDS faculty and their private dance teacher
  • Develop response and commitment essential for a career in dance in a professional environment
  • The programme consists of 3 x 10 week terms.
  • 2018/19 Fees : Juniors £630 ( £210/Term) Seniors £675 (£225/Term)

The following highly acclaimed teachers are included in the faculty:


Any questions or queries please contact us.

Previous Scholars Include :

  • Ruth Bailey : Formerly Royal Ballet
  • Andrew Barker :
  • David Bintley : Formerly Artistic Director BRB
  • Eillish Coady : Formerly Disney Tokyo & Paris
  • Susan Davies : Former Associate Choreographer Rambert, Founder Siobhan Davies Dance Company
  • Mike Denman : West End Performer and founder of Denman Theatre
  • Rachel English : Formerly Ballet Ireland, Cinevox Contemporary Company
  • Carol Gable : Formerly Royal Ballet, Ladies Ballet Tutor Ballet Central
  • Sian Garrett : Cruise Ship
  • Laurie Gilchrist :
  • Emma Hancox : Formerly Ballet Ireland, Mary Poppins (Hamburg)
  • Elizabeth McRae : Royal Ballet
  • Louise Harvey :
  • Laura Hatton : Associate Teacher Royal Ballet
  • Charlotte Ingle :
  • Mark Longthorne :
  • Elaine MacDonald : Formerly Scottish Ballet
  • Kevin O’Hare : Artistic Director Royal Ballet
  • Michael O’Hare : Ballet Master BRB
  • Andrew McNichol : Distinguished Choreographer
  • Max Maslen : BRB
  • Natasha Oughtred : Formerly BRB
  • Demelza Parish : Royal Ballet
  • Xander Parish : Mariinsky Ballet
  • Peter Parker : Formerly Northern Ballet Theatre, Ballet du Rhin
  • Michael Pink : Internationally acclaimed Choreographer, Artistic Director Milwaukee Ballet Company
  • Susan Pond : Formerly Dutch National Ballet
  • Margueritte Porter : Formerly Royal Ballet and English National Ballet
  • Annabel Proud : Dancer Benidorm Palace
  • Pippa Raine : West End Performer
  • Samantha Raine : Ballet Mistress Royal Ballet
  • Patricia Ruanne : Formerly Royal Ballet
  • Emily Twidale :
  • Connor Walmsley : Dutch National Ballet
  • Harriet Walton :
  • David Watkins :
  • Neil Westmoreland :Resident Director for Matthew Bourne, New Adventures
  • Megan Woodcock : Cruise Ship
  • Stephen Williams : Men’s Ballet Tutor Central School of Ballet
  • Rachel Withers :Formerly Royal Ballet Touring Company, Founder BalletBeFit
  • Anthony Wright : Formerly Royal Ballet Touring Company Co – founder Dance Master Class

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