17 July 2023 - 22 July 2023

Silver Swans Summer School 2023

The Silver Swans Summer School offers you the chance to immersive yourself in a week filled with dance.

You will experience Ballet technique, Repertoire, Pilates and Move to the Musicals classes throughout the course which will focus on enhancing your dance technique and artistry. The week will culminate in a sharing of work in the Aud Jebsen Studio theatre for friends and family to come along to.

Highlights of the programme include:

  • A trip to see a west end performance on the Saturday afternoon
  • Experience a variety of styles, with a strong focus on ballet technique, building into classical repertoire
  • The chance to be taught by professional teachers with years of experience within the industry
  • The opportunity to perform to friends and family in the Aud Jebsen Studio Theatre at our purpose-built headquarters
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Key Information

Age Fee Closing Date
Suggested age 55+ £289 19 June 2023 12:00pm

Who can attend?

Recommended for those aged 55+. There are two different levels to choose from:

Level 1: Suitable for those who have just started their Silver Swans journey and would like to improve their skills, with up to 2 years experience. (SPACES AVAILABLE)
Level 2: Suitable for those who have been attending regular Silver Swans ballet and movement classes for at least 2 years or more. (SOLD OUT)

To join the waiting list for Level 2, please complete the form found here.


Photo: David Tett.

Monday 17 – Saturday 22 July 2023

Closing date: 19 June 2023


Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters
188 York Road
SW11 3JZ


£289 for the week


Monday – Friday
All dancers will receive classes throughout the week in ballet technique, repertoire, Pilates and Move to the Musicals. Each day dancers will participate in a 45 minute ballet technique class and a 1 hour repertoire class. Pilates classes will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and are one hour in duration. Move to the Musicals workshops will take place on Tuesday and Thursday and are two hours in duration.

On Saturday, dancers will receive a 45 minute ballet technique class before rehearsing their performance pieces from their repertoire and Move to the Musicals classes in the Aud Jebsen Studio Theatre. Following this, the sharing of work will take place which we encourage dancer’s to invite their friends and family along to.

Class Times

Level 1
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 12.30pm

Level 2
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 11.00pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 12.30pm

  • There will be a one hour lunch break scheduled each day
  • The full timetable will be shared following the closing date
  • The above times do not take into account the theatre trip organised for the Saturday afternoon

Theatre trip

As part of the Silver Swans Summer School you will attend a matinee performance at a West End Theatre on Saturday 22 July. Dancer’s will be required to make their own way from RAD to the theatre in order to attend the performance.

Performance: MAMMA MIA!

Time: 3pm

Location: Novello Theatre

Join the fun at MAMMA MIA!, the world’s sunniest, most exhilarating smash-hit musical! Since premiering in London’s West End over 23 years ago, “the ultimate feel-good show” (Classic FM) has thrilled over 65 million people around the world.

Fall in love with the irresistibly funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads on a Greek island idyll, all unfolding to the magic of ABBA’s timeless songs. The worldwide phenomenon has now been turned into two record-breaking movies – MAMMA MIA! The Movie and MAMMA MIA! Here We Go Again.

Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at MAMMA MIA!


Meet the teachers in our Silver Swans Summer Course Faculty.


The RAD does not organise accommodation, however, if you are looking for somewhere close by to stay, you may find our List of Accommodation helpful.

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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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