I’ve never danced before; do you need to have any previous dance experience to attend a class?
Our Absolute Beginners ballet class caters for those with no prior ballet experience. For all other evening classes and courses, some experience is required and this is outlined for each of the class descriptions.
Can I join a class at any time?
For Absolute Beginners, Beginners and Improvers classes, participants need to book for the full term and join at the beginning of term. For our Intermediate and Advanced classes, you can book one-off classes or drop in, subject to availability.
All classes are subject to availability and may sell out. Please note if you can’t make the first three classes of Absolute Beginners then we would suggest you wait and book for the next term.
Do you offer a free trial?
Due to huge demand, we are unable to offer free trials. Please read the class descriptions to get an idea of which class would be best for you. If you still feel unsure, please get in touch at email@example.com
Do you offer discounts?
We receive no funding to run our evening classes so we charge a flat fee of £11 per class. There are no concessions or discounts for booking multiple classes.
Are classes paid weekly or by term?
Absolute Beginners, Beginners and Improvers classes need to be paid for in full at the time of booking. For our Intermediate and Advanced classes, you can drop in or book individual classes. We recommend booking in advance to guarantee your place.
Can I have a refund?
We offer limited refunds for term classes, drop-in classes and workshops, depending on how far in advance you cancel your booking. An administration charge is retained. The full refund policy can be found in our terms and conditions.
Do you break for half terms?
Yes, we break in line with the Glasgow school holidays. Term dates will be made clear to participants at the beginning of term. No classes are held on bank holidays.
If I have an injury/illness – can I still participate?
If you have any health issues, we advise that you consult your GP before commencing any form of exercise. When you sign up for a class, we will require you to complete a short form which asks about any health issues. Participants take classes at their own risk. We may require a doctor’s confirmation that your participation is approved.
How old is everyone in the class?
Our adult classes are for people aged 16 years plus and participants’ ages vary greatly across all the classes. There is no upper age limit.
I am looking for classes for my child, what do you offer?
We don't offer classes for children, so we would suggest looking at the Royal Academy of Dance registry to find a teacher that suits you.
If your child is already taking ballet classes, you may wish to consider our Associate programme. The Associate programme provides classically based training for boys and girls from Primary 5 to Secondary 5, supplementing the training provided by regular dance teachers. Auditions are held annually in May.
Is it strictly ballet in classes?
Yes, in our ballet technique classes we teach classical technique only, however we teach contemporary techniques in our Dance for Parkinson’s, Time to Dance and Elevate classes.
Are your classes linked with the company?
Occasionally a company dancer may lead an evening ballet class and some of the creative classes explore current repertoire such as the Dance for Parkinson’s, Time to Dance and Elevate classes and the Regenerate classes.
Are there performance opportunities?
There are no performance opportunities for classes.
Do classes work towards examinations?
No. Classes and workshops at Scottish Ballet will cover technique and creativity in varying degrees but are not syllabus-based or intended to prepare participants for ballet grade exams.
Who are the teachers?
All our teachers are a mix of former and current professional dancers. They are highly experienced and trained to teach dance safely.
Is there a waiting list if classes are fully booked?
We hold a small waiting list for the Regenerate and Dance for Parkinson’s classes.
Do you have classes over summer holidays?
We sometimes have classes for adults and week-long schools for children. Please check our Classes page for details.
Do the classes have a live music?
Yes, all classes have either a pianist or a percussionist.
Is there an area I can warm up in?
You will be advised if there is a free studio before your class where you can warm up. Please note it is not always possible to provide a warm-up space.
Do I need to bring my booking confirmation with me?
There is no need to bring your email confirmation; once you have booked your name will be added to a register.
Can I transfer to a different class if I’m finding the one I’m in too challenging/not challenging enough?
If there are places available you will be able to transfer into another class, however this may not always be the case. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. Classes are booked under your own responsibility and it is not a requirement for Scottish Ballet to transfer classes. Please note there is a £5 administration charge to transfer classes.
Where do the classes take place?
Classes take place at Scottish Ballet, Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE in our Engagement studio and our professional studios – Studio 1 and Studio 2. All have sprung floors, barres and mirrors.
Are there changing facilities I can use?
For all classes taking place in the Engagement Studio, there are changing rooms available with lockers (£1 coin, refundable), toilets, showers and a water fountain.
For those classes that take place in the professional studios (Studio 1 and 2), changing space is very limited and we would ask that you arrive dressed for class. We will let you know in advance where our class is taking place.
What should I wear at class?
Comfortable clothing, that you can easily move around in. No outdoor shoes are allowed in the studios, so please dance in soft ballet shoes or bare feet. We recommend that long hair be tied up.
Can I buy water and snacks at Scottish Ballet?
We do not sell drinks or snacks so we recommend that you bring your own. Please note only water in a capped bottle is permitted within the studios; food of any kind including chewing gum is not allowed.
What if I'm running late?
We ask that you arrive in good time so that the class can start on time without disruption. We do not admit anyone who is more than 15 minutes late.
How many participants are in the class?
The number of participants varies depending on class level and which studio is being used. There is a maximum of 30 participants in any class.
Can I take drinks into the studio?
The only drink allowed in our studios is water and it must be in a capped bottle, no cups permitted.
Do you provide customer parking?
We have no dedicated parking, but on-street parking is available around Tramway.
Do you sell dance clothing/or footwear?
Yes, please see our online shop.
Do you cater for anyone with special needs?
Yes, we aim to provide classes which are accessible to all. We require information regarding the type of disability the participant has so that we can arrange personal support if required. We will try our best to provide a positive learning environment for everyone.
Are you allowed to take photos or film during the class?
No filming or photography is permitted except with prior permission from Scottish Ballet. This includes taking photographs in the studios, in the changing rooms or around the building.