15 July 2024 - 19 July 2024

Silver Swans: Focus on Classical

The Silver Swans: Focus on Classical course offers dancers the chance to join us for a week of classes focusing on ballet technique and repertoire.

Due to high demand we have now added an additional class to this course, taking place between 3.15pm – 4.45pm each day.

These classes will gradually develop your technique and understanding as the week progresses, featuring live piano accompaniment to add to your enjoyment. An informal studio recording will take place on the last day for you to perform the repertoire piece you have been working on. This will then be available for you to share with friends and family.

For a wider range of classes across the course of a week including, Ballet Technique, Repertoire, Pilates and Move to the Musicals, see our Silver Swans Summer School.

Please note, this course has now closed for bookings. For booking enquiries, please contact: participate@rad.org.uk

Key Information

Age Fee Closing Date
Suggested age 55+ £95 24 June 2024 12:00pm

Who can attend?

Recommended for those aged 55+. There are three classes to choose from, suitable for all levels:

Class 1: 11.00am – 12.30pm each day

Class 2: 1.30pm – 3.00pm each day

Class 3: 3.15pm-4.45pm each day


RAD Silver Swans. Photo: David Tett

Monday 15 – Friday 19 July 2024


Royal Academy of Dance
188 York Road
SW11 3JZ


£95 for the week


Kate Swainston (Ballet and Repertoire Class 1)

Kate is an ex professional dancer, now teacher and examiner for The Royal Academy of Dance.

She trained to teach at The Royal Academy of Dance, where she passed the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with Distinction. She then went to the Royal Ballet School to study on an Intensive Character Dance Teaching Course.

Kate is a member of the ballet faculty at London Studio Centre. She is a First and Second Year tutor, as well as overseeing the Foundation Year Classical studies. She also taught the Saturday Associate Programme for many years.

In 2019 she joined the faculty of the Royal Ballet School, to teach Character dance as a specialist subject to all year groups at White Lodge, and 1st and 2nd years at Upper School.

She has also taught at the Royal Academy of Dance School, Central School of Ballet, DanceEast (a Centre for Advanced Training), and Pineapple Dance Studios London.

Kate continues to Examine, deliver Repertoire Workshops, Intensive Coaching Courses, and Summer Schools both here in the UK, and internationally.  These include, The Royal Ballet School (White Lodge, and Upper School), The Royal Academy of Dance, London Studio Centre, and The Art Centre Gibraltar.

In September 2023 Kate joined the faculty at English National Ballet School to deliver Character dance classes on the new Associate Programme.

Sarah Platt (Ballet and Repertoire Class 2 and 3)

Sarah has always trained with the Royal Academy of Dance, from childhood grades, through the Teacher Training College (as it was then known) and their first distance learning degree course: Bachelor of Philosophy in Ballet and Contextual studies, into Postgraduate education in Dance Teaching.

With 25 years experience of teaching and managing her private sector dance school, research in ‘Inclusive Dance Practice’ at Postgraduate level instigated an interest in more diverse teaching. Practice based research with the Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project in 2012 initiated an interest and speciality in teaching older learners. She presented at the Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing conference (2013), and was involved with further research and mentoring teachers on the second phase of the project culminating in 2017.

Sarah was instrumental in implementing the Silver Swans Ballet classes at RAD headquarters, and current teaching in the lifelong learning sector ranges from Silver Swans and Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing to chair based dance classes for those with Alzheimers and additional needs. She has presented on behalf of the RAD on many occasions, e.g. with Silver Swan ambassador Angela Rippon, at Healthy Ageing: The Grand Challenge Conference (2019), and was delighted to receive the RAD Advocacy Dance Teacher Award in 2020.

Enjoying a varied teaching programme, she also delivers CPD, tutors, mentors and supervises trainee teachers in a range of dance teaching aspects, including primary school education, traditional classical ballet classes and those developing their teaching with older learners in a variety of contexts.

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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 Cvent to confirm your registration and payment were successful. Please note, the timings and dates displayed on this page supersedes the information provided on Cvent.
  • Please quote the Cvent order 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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