Career Development Plan - Finding a Private Ballet Teacher?

Career Development Plan - Finding a Private Ballet Teacher?

Hi Odette!
I was wondering what the best way to go about finding a private ballet tutor would be? I want to look into this in case I am not accepted this year into full-time vocational ballet training, but I am just not sure how to go about finding someone. I find Melissa Hamilton's story incredibly inspiring, but even the teacher she found to work with privately she met through attending Elmhurst school for dance. Surely vocational training is not the only means of finding someone like this? I personally don't have any contacts that could put me in touch with someone, and neither does my small studio's ballet teacher. How should I go about looking for someone like this? And is it even possible to find someone? Thanks for all your help-you give such wonderful advice! I'm just in a bit of a muddle over this one!


Reply by Odette
To:- Career Development Plan - Finding a Private Ballet Teacher?

Hello Nicole,
Thank you for your message, it's great to hear from you. You ask a very good question and I've really been trying to research online to find private teachers and help solve your worries. It's always good to make yourself a back up plan and it's smart of you to think about all the options, not just what you want.

I am making a guess you're from the UK? If so, have you heard about the Royal Ballet's associate program? I mention this in my eBook, Virtue 2: Circumstance, and it's a more serious way of training for dancers who aren't yet at vocational dance schools. They offer classes at cities all over the UK, so it'd be great to look at their website for more information and see if this could be an option for you. Here's the link -

Also, there's a ballet teacher Karen Paisley who offers private classes and has an impressive reputation for really progressing dancers onto a professional level. She is a royal ballet associate teacher, as well as a teacher at a local dance school in Bath. This is a link to her 'about me' page at the Dorothy Coleborn School for Dance, where you can read more about her teaching - If you were interested, I would say to contact the dance school to get more information on Karen.

These are my main suggestions now, I hope it helps you and clears your thoughts. I wish you all the best on your auditions this year, don't forget to see my audition tips page for the essential advice!

Best wishes,

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Thank You!
by: Nicole

Thank you so much Odette! I am currently a Senior Associate with the Royal Ballet school and the training has been extremely helpful! But thank you so much for the suggestion about the Dorothy Coleburn School of dance. I will definitely look into getting in touch with Ms. Karen Pasiey. Can't thank you enough for all your help and well wishes!

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by: Enwelum ansthesia

I am girl who have passion for ballet but the is no ballet school near my area but my passion is driving me crazy I need help now everyday I see my passion driving crazy with no solution my parents and siblings are saying that I will die for ballet but it true they told me is impossible to see a ballet school but I no it is possible help me please aunty Odette l am going crazy for ballet I can not hold it any longer. Thanks

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