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Nicola Tarry Classical Ballet Training, Vocational 1 Class

Nicola Tarry Classical Ballet Training

Nicola Tarry Mids and Seniors:

The 10-Hour Program

Mids Age 7 to 12 years inclusive 

Seniors Age 13 years and up 

After School and Saturdays


Nicola Tarry Vocationals:

The 20-Hour Program

Day-time Weekday Dance-Tuition

Works Alongside Dancers’ Own Home-Schooling 

From School Year 8

Nicola Tarry Intensives


Nicola Tarry Guest Workshops


and


Nicola Tarry Sunday Associates (coming September 2024)

Nicola Tarry offers classical ballet training by way of two distinct programs.


Nicola Tarry Mids and Seniors (the 10-Hour Program) offers a training program in after-school hours.  This is a 10-hour program which principally focuses on classical ballet technique and body-conditioning, and also incorporates creative, performance, contemporary and modern.  ISTD exams are encouraged.


Nicola Tarry Vocationals (the 20-Hour Program) offers a dance program during school-time, to work alongside a dancer's own academic home-schooling. This is a 20-hour program, which focuses on classical ballet technique and body-conditioning, together with performance, creative, improvisation, contemporary and modern.  Vocationals includes teaching from guest teachers who are world-class dance experts.  ISTD exams are encouraged.

Nicola Tarry (the Principal and Founder) is a highly-regarded classical ballet teacher with an extensive background in classical ballet and in teaching. She has developed these programs to enable each student to maximise their dance-potential with hard-work and commitment.

As well as guiding students to develop excellent ballet-technique, with strength, stamina, alignment, good posture, turn-out and feet-articulation, Nicola encourages a love of dance and performance.


The Nicola Tarry community is mostly made up of students aiming to enter vocational dance-school at some stage and/or to pursue a career in dance. However, there are some who simply love to dance. In all cases, Nicola Tarry gives them the chance to be the best that they can be.


In 2017 Nicola launched her own dance school.  Since then, Nicola has helped many dancers to achieve their goal of going to vocational schools such as The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Canada's National Ballet School, The European School of Ballet, The English National School, Rambert, Kings International, Central, Elmhurst, and Tring.  


Nicola has also helped dancers to achieve placements in Summer Schools such as The Royal Ballet School, Princess Grace, John Cranko, Masters Arizona, English National Ballet, Rambert, Canada National Ballet School and European Ballet School.

Nicola believes in providing a positive environment to work in, and encourages dancers to champion and support one another.


Mids and Seniors

The 10-Hour Program
Classes are split by age between Mids (age 7 to 12 years inclusive) and Seniors (age 13 and upwards); there is around 10 hours’ dance-tuition per week for each group.   For Seniors, there is the option of additional ballet per week.

Ballet is taught under the guidance of Nicola Tarry.  Contemporary dance (for Seniors) is taught by Emily Adams. Modern dance is taught by Jess North. Nicola Tarry also has visiting teachers on occasion.  Such teachers have included Anita Young MBE, Jenny Tattersall, Nigel West, Sian Murphy, Vanessa Fenton and Daniel De Bourg. 

Nicola offers the chance to take ISTD exams.


Nicola Tarry enters the RTWDF festival each year and offers an end-of-year show where possible.


Nicola Tarry supports its dancers in their vocational dance-school auditions and their summer dance-school auditions, with Nicola providing audition-preparation.

Vocationals

The 20-Hour Program
Classes take place on weekdays, Tuesday to Friday inclusive. Thursday and Fridays are full-day dance-tuition, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays are half-days.

Starting from School Year 8, the program offers dance-tuition only.  

20 hours of dance-tuition per week, with ballet taught principally by Nicola Tarry herself.  She is supported by Emily Adams for Contemporary and Jess North for Modern, and has world-renowned guest teachers in regularly.

Recent guest teachers include Jenny Tattersall (teaching Elite dancers twice-weekly for the Summer 2024 term), Sarah Wildor, Lauren Cuthbertson, Sian Murphy and Victoria Hewitt.

ISTD exams are covered and dancers are encouraged to take up associate program places, and to attend international summer schools and competitions.  

Nicola is determined to do the best possible for her dancers.

Nicola Tarry Intensives and Guest Workshops


Nicola Tarry also offers Nicola Tarry intensives (taught by her) and guest workshops with world-renowned ballet dancers and teachers. Previous guest workshops have involved Marianela Nunez, Vadim Muntagirov, Edward Watson MBE, Sarah Lamb, and (most recently) Oliver Matz and Steffi Scherzer.

Nicola Tarry intensives and guest workshops are open to outside students as well as the Nicola Tarry dancers. Places are limited.


Sunday Associates Program

Starting September 2024 on alternate Sundays.


Whether it is on her 10-Hour Program or her 20-Hour Program, or during her intensives or her Sunday Associates program, Nicola Tarry wants the best for each and every dancer in an environment that loves dance.

Enquire now at info@nicolatarryclassicalballettraining.co.uk.  Places are limited. 


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Our Principal

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Nicola Tarry

Principal

Nicola was born in Dartford; she trained for many years as an elite gymnast and discovered a love of ballet at the age of 13.


At age 16 Nicola joined The Royal Ballet School; she then trained there until her graduation.  


Professionally, Nicola danced with The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet; she also toured extensively throughout Europe with Wiener Ballet Theatre.

As life progressed, Nicola discovered a passion for teaching, and worked her way to become Head of Dance at The Centre Performing Arts College. Under her guidance, The Centre PAC students were extremely successful, and many have gone on to have incredible careers in all aspects of theatre.

Given her background in (and passion for) both ballet and teaching, it was only a matter of time (2017) before Nicola opened her own dance school aimed at helping aspiring classical dancers to achieve their aim.

Students have travelled from the USA and Japan to be taught by Nicola and to experience her approach to coaching young aspiring dancers.  


Many students who have trained with Nicola are now in leading vocational dance-schools.

Nicola takes an individual approach to her students.  She takes the time to understand who they are and how they work, and she genuinely wants the best for each and every student.

Our Patron

Edward Watson MBE

Our Patron, Edward Watson MBE

Edward Watson MBE

Edward Watson MBE is a phenomenal dancer, who trained at The Royal Ballet School, before graduating into The Royal Ballet in 1994.  In 2005, Edward was promoted to Principal at The Royal Ballet, a position which he held for 15 years.  In 2020, he joined the school's team of coaches as a Repetiteur.

Edward is a huge inspiration to so many dancers. He has the ability to take on a character and to convey in full the inner workings of their mind and soul through dance.  He gives himself totally to the character and is unafraid in so-doing. He has displayed great versatility throughout his dance career, taking on the choreography of greats throughout the ages, such as Sir Kenneth Macmillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Wayne McGregor CBE, Christopher Wheeldon and Arthur Pita. He gives dancers the courage to challenge themselves and to push the boundaries of dance.    

We are enormously honoured to have Edward Watson MBE as our patron.

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Mids and Seniors
The 10-Hour Program

Nicola Tarry offers two class groups:

Mids: age 7 years to 12 years inclusive, and

Seniors: age 13 years plus. 


The entry process for each group involves a trial class and/or a one-to-one audition with Nicola.


Places are limited. 

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Mids: The 10-Hour Program 

For ages 7 years to 12 years inclusive.


Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm until 8pm, and Saturdays 10am until 1.30pm during term-time.


Nicola has developed a 10-hour program based on the fundamentals of ballet, with a focus on posture, turn-out, correct alignment, articulation of feet, and strength in the abdominals, glutes and back.

The classes are key to ensuring that students are prepared to enter vocational schools aged 11 or 12, and there is an emphasis on nurturing young talent.

Strengthening and conditioning the correct muscles allows classical training to begin.  All aspects of class are taught developing adage, pirouettes and allegro. Pointe-work is introduced slowly and carefully.

Discipline is key but is developed in a nurturing and lively way. There are also elements of creativity and acting; with the classes designed to inspire and nurture a real love of dance and performance.

Nicola Tarry teaching Vocational 2 class

Seniors: The 10-Hour Program

For ages 13 years plus

In Seniors, contemporary dance is introduced to the 10-hour program.  

The world of ballet has changed dramatically, and students need to discover different ways of moving.

The Seniors ballet classes have more focus on extensions and on picking up choreography quickly; all while continuing to use correct alignment and to progress the students' technique.  The classes are much more intense: so that students develop stamina.

The students learn a vast vocabulary of steps, and are expected to be highly disciplined and self-motivated in order to achieve a place at a vocational dance school either in year 10 or year 12.

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Extra Mondays

Seniors can join Monday ballet class from 5pm to 8pm for extra ballet and body-conditioning.  This is an optional extra.

 An optional extra

Vocational 2 Students

Mids and Seniors Term-Dates

2023-2024

and

Provisionally 2024-2025

Term-Dates are as follow but are subject to change at the discretion of the Principal:



Summer Term 2024: Key Dates


Saturday 25 May 2024 to Sunday 2 June 2024 (inclusive): no dance, half-term. 


Saturday 13 July 2024: last day of term.

Provisional dates for 2024-2025

Winter Term 2024: Key Dates

Monday 9 September 2024: term starts.​

Saturday 19 October 2024 to Friday 25 October 2024 (inclusive): no dance, half-term.

Friday 6 December 2024: last day of term.


Spring Term 2025: Key Dates


Saturday 4 January 2025: term starts 


Saturday 15 February 2025 to Sunday 23 February 2025 (inclusive): possible dates for RTWDF (Royal Tunbridge Wells Dance Festival).  There will be rehearsals and festival attendance but no normal lessons and, for the purposes of payments and/or notice, this week counts as half-term.


Monday 24 February 2025: no dance


Tuesday 25 February 2025: no dance


Friday 4 April 2025: last day of term.

(Note: Easter Sunday 20 April 2025)


Summer Term 2025: Key Dates


Tuesday 22 April 2025: term starts


Monday 5 May 2025: no dance (Bank Holiday)

Tuesday 6 May 2025: Mids join Seniors for class from 5pm until 8pm.


Saturday 24 May 2025 to Sunday 1 June 2025 (inclusive): no dance, half-term. 

Sunday 29 June 2025: possible all-day show rehearsals TBC

Saturday 5 July 2025: possibly no dance TBC

Sunday 6 July 2025: possibly end-of-year-show TBC


Saturday 12 July 2025: last day of term.

Vocational 1 Students

Mids and Seniors Notice 

Half-A-Term’s Notice Required

Half-a-term’s notice must be given and paid for if lessons are to be discontinued.
Lessons missed by dancers will not be deducted from the bill.

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Mids and Seniors Registration Fee

£240 (£200 plus £40 VAT)

A non-refundable registration fee of £240 (£200 plus £40 VAT) is required to secure a place. This will be used as credit against the first fees payment.

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Mids and Seniors Uniform

New uniform from September 2024


Mids:

Nicola Tarry tracksuit top.

Wear Moi Galate leotard in Sky.

Convertible tights.

Seniors:

Nicola Tarry tracksuit top.

Wear Moi Galate leotard in Navy.

Bloch contemporary socks.

Convertible tights.

The uniform is stocked by Planet Dance, and there is a discount for Nicola Tarry students (please ask Admin for the discount code).

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Vocationals

The 20-Hour Program

School Year 8 and above.


The entry process is via trial class with Nicola.


Places are limited. 

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Vocationals Class-Times

Class-Times from September 2024

From September 2024, class-times will be as follow.  They are broadly the same for now.

 

Dance-tuition as follows:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12.30pm til 4pm

Thursdays 9am til 5pm

Fridays 9am til 4pm

during term-time.

On half-days, dancers are encouraged to arrive early (from 12 noon) to eat their packed lunches together. 

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Vocationals Ethos

Longer-Hours to work alongside dancers’ own home-schooling, with regular top-tier guest teachers.

A 20-hour program with more access to world-renowned guest teachers, fitness experts and physios.


Dance tuition takes place in the day-time on weekdays, and works alongside dancers’ own home-schooling.


Classical ballet, body-conditioning, stamina and performance is the focus, but there is work too in contemporary dance, modern, creative and improvisation. 

Nicola takes the time to really find what works for each individual dancer, in order to give them the best possible chance of a dance career.

The dancers are expected to be driven, highly disciplined and self-motivated in order to gain a place at a vocational dance school either in year 10 or year 12, and/or to pursue a dance career.

Nicola can recommend an independent home-schooling room, which is open 9am til 12 noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, where Nicola Tarry dancers can home-study together within walking distance of the studio. Please ask Admin for details.

Nicola can also recommend home-stays where necessary.

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Vocationals Registration Fee

£480 (£400 plus £80 VAT)

A non-refundable registration fee of £480 (£400 plus £80 VAT) is required to secure a place. This will be used as credit against the first fees payment.

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Vocationals Term-Dates

2023-2024

and

Provisionally 2024-2025

Term-Dates are as follow but are subject to change at the discretion of the Principal:



Summer Term 2024: Key Dates


Saturday 25 May 2024 to Monday 3 June 2024 (inclusive): no dance, half-term. 


Friday 12 July 2024: last day of term.

Provisional dates for 2024-2025

Winter Term 2024: Key Dates

Tuesday 10 September 2024: term starts.​

Saturday 19 October 2024 to Monday 28 October 2024 (inclusive): no dance, half-term.

Friday 6 December 2024: last day of term.


Spring Term 2025: Key Dates


Tuesday 7 January 2025: term starts 


Saturday 15 February 2025 to Tuesday 25 February 2025 (inclusive): half-term, no dance.

Elite will take part in RTWDF (Royal Tunbridge Wells Dance Festival).  There will be rehearsals and festival attendance but no normal lessons and, for the purposes of payments and/or notice, this week counts as half-term.


Friday 4 April 2025: last day of term.

(Note: Easter Sunday 20 April 2025)


Summer Term 2025: Key Dates


Tuesday 22 April 2025: term starts


Saturday 24 May 2025 to Monday 2 June 2025 (inclusive): no dance, half-term. 

Sunday 29 June 2025: possible all-day show rehearsals TBC

Saturday 5 July 2025: possibly no dance TBC

Sunday 6 July 2025: possibly end-of-year-show TBC


Friday 11 July 2025: last day of term.

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Vocationals Notice

One Full Term’s Notice Required

One full term’s notice must be given and paid for if lessons are to be discontinued.
Lessons missed by dancers will not be deducted from the bill.

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Vocationals Uniform

New uniform from September 2024

Nicola Tarry tracksuit top.

Wear Moi Galate in Burgundy, for everyday wear.

Wear Moi Candide leotard in Burgundy, for guest-teacher visits.

Bloch contemporary socks.

Convertible tights.

Stocked by the Planet Dance website, Nicola Tarry students have a discount (please ask Admin for the discount code).

Sunday Associates: Twice-Monthly Term-Time Sunday Classes

Applications are open for Winter Term 2024

Nicola Tarry Sunday Associates program launches in September 2024 with provisional dates as follow:



Nicola will teach one Sunday a month, and a guest teacher will teach one Sunday a month.  For the winter term, the guest-teachers will be ballet-focussed.  


Groups are divided into Mids (School years 4 to 7) and Seniors (School Years 8 and above).


There will only be 16 places per group, and sessions are signed-up to termly on the basis of Nicola Tarry slots only, guest-teacher slots only or both. 


They will be for Nicola Tarry students and external dancers, and Nicola will only be able to offer places to those dancers who she feels will benefit the most at this point.


Mids are 1pm til 3pm for £40 plus 20% VAT per session.


Seniors are 10am til 12.30pm for £50 plus 20% VAT per session.


It will be signed up to termly.


The provisional dates are

8 September: guest teacher

22 September: Nicola Tarry

6 October: Nicola Tarry

20 October: guest-teacher

3 November: Nicola Tarry

17 November: guest-teacher

1 December: Nicola Tarry

15 December: guest-teacher


A place is offered by way of application, and


Nicola is asking for photos of

A first arabesque in the centre and

A plié in first position in the centre

Sent to info@nicolatarryclassicalballettraining.co.uk

please.


The deadline is 1 July 2024 11.59pm.


Nicola will email about places on Monday 15 July 2024, and there will be a reserve list.


A deposit will be required to secure a place.

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Winter Term 2024

More details to follow

The provisional dates are

8 September: guest teacher

22 September: Nicola Tarry

6 October: Nicola Tarry

20 October: guest-teacher

3 November: guest-teacher

17 November: Nicola Tarry

1 December: Nicola Tarry

15 December: guest-teacher


Guest-teachers will be announced in time.

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WORKSHOPS

Workshop with Vadim Muntagirov

NICOLA TARRY INTENSIVES and GUEST WORKSHOPS

Nicola Tarry intensives are held in high regard.

Nicola teaches small classes which focus on classical ballet technique, body-conditioning and performance.  Dancers are treated as individuals, with individual corrections and feedback.

Dancers return time-and-again for these intensive workshops, and they tend to sell out quickly.

Nicola also welcomes world-renowned ballet dancers and teachers to conduct guest workshops.  The studio has held guest workshops with stars such as Marianela Nunez, Vadim Muntagirov, Edward Watson MBE, Sarah Lamb, and most recently Oliver Matz and Steffi Scherzer.

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WORKSHOPS FOR 2023-2024


SUMMER 2024 BALLET INTENSIVES


EARLY SUMMER 2024 

5-DAY BALLET INTENSIVE 

29 July to 2 August 2024 (inclusive)

10am until 4pm daily.

For Year 7 and above only.

A highly sought-after ballet intensive taught by Nicola herself in her West Kingsdown studio, focussing on classical ballet technique and body-conditioning with individual corrections.

Possible guest teacher to work specifically on creative.

£495 for the course, with a £200 non-refundable required to secure a place.  

Payment plan available.


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YOUNG SUMMER BALLET INTENSIVE 

Ages 7, 8, 9 and 10 Years

5, 6 and 7 August 2024

10am til 4pm daily 

Taught by Nicola Tarry, this will be a challenging but enjoyable workshop for younger children.  Working on classical ballet technique and performance, with individual corrections.

£295 for the course.  Secured by a £147.50 non-refundable deposit.


26, 27 and 28 August 2024 SOLD OUT, RESERVE LIST BEING TAKEN

10am until 4pm daily,

A highly sought-after ballet intensive taught by Nicola herself in her West Kingsdown studio, focussing on classical ballet technique and body-conditioning with individual corrections.

£295 for the course, with a non-refundable half-deposit of £147.50 required to secure the booking.


29, 30 and 31 August 2024  SOLD OUT, RESERVE LIST BEING TAKEN

10am until 4pm daily,

A highly sought-after ballet intensive taught by Nicola herself in her West Kingsdown studio, focussing on classical ballet technique and body-conditioning with individual corrections.

£295 for the course, with a non-refundable half-deposit of £147.50 required to secure the booking.

If both 26 and 29 August 2024 Summer Ballet Intensives are booked together, the combined cost will be £575.  A half-deposit of £287.50 will be required to secure a booking.

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Classes take place at The Old School, School Lane, West Kingsdown TN15 6JN

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