1 October 2023 10.30am – 5pm

Silver Swans® Workshop (London, UK)

This one-day workshop introduces experienced ballet teachers to Silver Swans®, with a focus on safe and inclusive practice for adults and strategies to maximise their experience.


The aim of this workshop is to provide practical experience of effective ballet teaching strategies for a group of mixed ability older learners.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop you will have:

  • an understanding of Silver Swans and the responsibilities and expectations of licence holders,
  • an awareness of a range of ballet teaching strategies and the benefits of these strategies in relation to Silver Swans,
  • a greater understanding of how to safely modify and deliver ballet repertoire for older learners, and
  • knowledge and understanding of appropriate progression, differentiation and integration considerations for adults of mixed ability.


RAD headquarters, London SW11 3JZ


Vikki Allport RAD RTS Teaching Diploma (Distinction) RAD Examiner

Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance and a Trustee of the same.

Originally from the northeast of England, Vikki started dancing at the age of 5, through all her RAD grades and eventually embarking on the student teaching certificate of the RAD at 16. At 19 the opportunity came to dance professionally in Spain for two seasons, and her dance and acting skills led to performing in panto back in the UK. After dancing in Abu Dhabi, she eventually settled in Mexico raising her young family and opening her own successful dance school ‘Ballet Studio de Vicky Allport’. Ballet for children was the focus, but she also taught classes in jazz fit and adult ballet. During this time, she also choreographed shows for Mexican pop artistes, performed in music videos, and completed the RAD’s Teaching Diploma.

Returning to the UK 15 years ago, she taught a popular weekly adult class at Brighton College, where she was Head of Ballet for 12 years, teaching all ages from 2 to older adults. Vikki is currently a freelance teacher and coach, and tutors on the RAD’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.

Who can attend?

  • RAD Registered Teachers
  • Ballet teachers

Participation in Silver Swans Workshops is open to ballet teachers wishing to find out more about approaches to teaching ballet to older learners, with a view of becoming a Silver Swans Licensee. On completion of the workshop, RAD Registered Teachers will be automatically granted the Silver Swans licence. All other teachers who currently teach ballet, and who wish to be considered for the Silver Swans licence, will be asked to indicate their interest for the license upon registration for the workshops. Confirmation of eligibility for a licence will be based on the observations of the Silver Swans tutor delivering the sessions. The tutor will observe the participant’s secure demonstration of ballet teaching, as detailed in the list of competencies. Teachers that have indicated their interest and are deemed eligible for the licence will be notified within 30 days following the workshop.

Licence Fees

See further information about the fees and the benefits of being a Silver Swans Licensee.

CPD Hours

8 hours Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

Terms and Conditions

Please ensure you read and understand the following documents before booking onto the workshop:

CPD Terms and Conditions, Silver Swans Licensee Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct.

How to book

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please contact the CPD Team, cpd@rad.org.uk


If you have any questions about this activity, please email cpd@rad.org.uk

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Key Information

Time Fee
10.30am – 5pm Member Fee: £173 / €201 / $221
Non-Member Fee: £192 / €223 / $245