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