17 July 2023 - 21 July 2023

Adult Ballet and Pilates Summer Course 2023 (London)

Join us for this intensive course over five evenings, offering ballet technique classes and Pilates, allowing you to design your own programme of classes.

  • Attend ballet classes tailored to your level of experience, featuring live piano accompaniment.
  • Combine with Pilates, or book as a stand alone class.

Work with experienced tutors to build core strength, improve your posture, flexibility and balance, and maintain your overall well-being.

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Key Information

Level Age Duration Fee Closing Date
Improvers - Advanced 18+ 5 evenings £60 - £90 (Varies according to level and classes selected). 19 June 2023 12:00am

Who can attend?

Suitable for ages 18+. We offer three levels across the ballet classes for you to choose from according to your experience, and general level classes in Pilates.


Monday 17 July – Friday 21 July 2023


Royal Academy of Dance
188 York Road
SW11 3JZ


Improvers: Suitable for those who have a some knowledge of ballet technique and would like to improve their skills, or dancers returning to ballet after a long break. Each class will be designed to improve body alignment, coordination and execution of the required technique, building your knowledge and understanding as the week progresses.

Intermediate:  Suitable for those who have been attending ballet classes for at least a couple of years. This class is designed for students currently between RAD Intermediate Foundation – RAD Advanced Foundation level or equivalent.

Advanced: Suitable for those who regularly attend high level classes and have developed a strong technique. This class is designed for students currently studying RAD Advanced 1 – RAD Advanced 2 or equivalent. Enabling dancers to maintain and further their technique, musicality and artistry.


Improvers Ballet: 7.45pm – 9.00pm

Intermediate Ballet: 6.15pm – 7.30pm or 7.45pm – 9.00pm

Advanced Ballet: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Pilates: 6.30pm – 7.30pm or 7.45pm – 8.45pm


Improvers Ballet: £75

Intermediate Ballet: £75

Advanced Ballet: £90

Pilates: £60

Why choose Pilates?

Pilates benefits Dancers: in fact, Pilates benefits every body.

So, what is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates was a man who created 34 moves in a system he called ‘Contrology’ or ‘Conscious Movement’. He worked with ballet dancers, often injured ones, who then took their understanding into their companies. And so, Contrology became an important discipline within these companies.

Why do Contrology aka Pilates?

Wendy grounds her teaching of Contrology in his moves, and everything she teaches is underpinned by robust scientific studies and understanding. She works the full body in every session by cueing you through flowing Pilates moves, often in discrete parts. With Wendy, you’ll discover every muscle group, and know how to maintain strength, while dancing with control and flexibility.

Pilates will show you any imbalances you might have, and the result will be that you become super aware and able to heal, giving your body balanced strength, literally from top to toe. You will feel and control the training you give to every body part. You will progress, because your body continually adapts and is fluid. You will access every part of your body, from the deepest layers outwards, and this is true whether you’re feeling fabulous, a bit stiff, or recovering from an injury. We are all fluid, and Pilates will heal you from the inside out.

As your knowledge develops, and your body adapts, you’ll perfect your tone and master the moves with a complete understanding of the why, how, where and what, and be fully aware of how it relates to ballet. Your training will enhance every moment of every ballet move. With this knowledge, dancers consciously call upon their muscles in their training and performance, which takes their technique and work to another level.

You will also learn how to use your breath – this tool alone enriches life skills, core and emotional connection, exam technique, and is deeply calming. Pilates enriches the body and mind.

You will find your body is balanced, stabilised, and aligned in every session, and you will take that knowledge into your everyday life too. You will always know how to maintain strength and flexibility in all that you do, without any stress or strains, and you’ll be equipped with the wonderful knowledge of how to consciously relax every muscle, easing body and mind. You’ll be life-ready and dance-ready with strength, awareness, and calmness, from the inside out.


Meet the teachers in our Adult Summer Course Faculty.

Adult Repertoire Workshop

Benefit from an exclusive 10% discount for the Adult Repertoire Workshop on Saturday 22 July 2023. A discount code will be sent out in your Adult Summer Course confirmation email. Limited places available.

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Booking process

  • Places are limited in each class and secured on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Payment is required at the time of booking.
  • An automatic email will be sent via the booking platform Cventto confirm your registration and payment were successful.
  • Please quote the Cventorder no/ticket reference when contacting the RAD with any queries related to your booking.
  • Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions, which includes the RAD’s cancellation policy.
  • When a class is fully-booked, a waiting list will be activated. The Learning and Participation Team will contact you via email should a suitable place become available.
  • After the closing date, you will receive an additional confirmation by email, detailing registration times, suggested dress, and all other relevant information for the course and venue.
  • For all queries, please email participate@rad.org.uk.


Please ensure you check the ticket details carefully. If the ticket you wish to book appears sold out, please apply online for the ‘Waiting List’ ticket. The  will contact you should a suitable place become available.

Please ensure you have read our Summer Events Terms & Conditions carefully before you apply. You will need to confirm your acceptance of these terms when you register your place.

The RAD uses Cvent for ticketing and registration for events (including workshops, masterclasses, CPD, and a range of free activities). We only store your personal information in order to facilitate your attendance and to request feedback. We will not use your information to contact you unless you have opted to receive marketing materials or have signed up for our e-newsletter. For further details on how your information is processed, please see the Student Activities Privacy Notice.

Please note, in the event of injury or medical emergency during the activity a qualified First Aider from Royal Academy of Dance will provide necessary treatment and assistance to the participant. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information on this. 

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