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In 2001 director and co-founder Vanessa Donkin, a Royal Ballet trained ex-professional dancer and recent graduate of the RAD's PDTC met Claire McNicholl, a ballet enthusiast and young mother who was looking for a ballet school for her eighteen month old daughter, Estée. As a result of this chance meeting and a shared desire to provide exceptional classical ballet tuition with the emphasis on enjoyment The Ballet School London was born!

Starting with just six pre-schoolers in a small venue in Notting Hill eighteen years on the school currently has over a thousand pupils and operates in several locations across London. Remaining true to its ethos The Ballet School consistently achieves outstanding results in examinations and has seen several pupils progress to the highest calibre of vocational training whilst retaining it’s ability to conduct fun, inspirational classes for any child, regardless of ability, with a desire to learn.

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The Ballet School uniform

The Ballet School uniform is obligatory for all children 4 years and over, although the various tutus that we are confronted with are rather lovely it would be much appreciated if these could be donned for private performances at home or for workshops etc only!

Girls Uniform:

Nursery level children must wear ballet shoes but are otherwise free to opt for whatever they feel most comfortable to dance in.

Reception, Pre-Primary and Primary:

The Ballet School pale blue cap sleeve leotard
The Ballet School pale blue tulip skirt
Pink ballet socks
Pink leather ballet shoes

Grades 1 and 2

The Ballet School pale blue cap sleeve leotard
Pale blue waist elastic
Pink ballet socks
Pink leather ballet shoes
Low heel black canvas character shoes
Character skirt with blue/white ribbon combination

Grades 3, 4 and 5

Navy blue sleeveless leotard
Navy blue waist elastic
Pink ballet tights
Pink leather ballet shoes
Cuban heel black canvas character shoes
Character skirt with blue/white ribbon combo

Grade 6 and above

Black camisole style leotard
Black waist elastic
Pink ballet tights
Pink leather ballet shoes

Grades 7 and 8

As grade 6 but with black chiffon skirt

Vocational Grades:

Black camisole leotard
Black elastic
Pink tights
Pink leather split sole ballet shoes

Academy Uniform:

The Ballet Academy cornflower blue leotard
Cornflower blue waist elastic
Pink ballet socks
Pink leather ballet shoes

Optional Extras:

The Ballet School sweatshirt

Boys Uniform:

Reception, Pre-Primary, Primary, Grades 1 and 2 and The Ballet Academy:

White leotard
Navy blue shorts
White ballet socks
Black or white leather ballet shoes
Black canvas lace-up character shoes (Grade 1 and 2 only)

Grades 3, 4 and 5:

White leotard
Navy blue stirrup tights
White ballet socks
White leather ballet shoes
Black canvas lace-up character shoes

Grades 6, 7 and 8 and Vocational Grades:

As Grade 3,4,5 but with black stirrup tights