Course Overview

Young Beginners Ballet

The Young Beginners Program is preparing the students for EFBS Pre-Full Time. The classes are taught by Lilian Schwendener and Luke Schaufuss and emphasizes on the basic and fundamental aspects in Ballet. The Saturdays class ensures young students the right training from an early age. When they are old enough they can audition for EFBS Pre-Full Time School.

No audition is required for EFBS 'Young Beginners Ballet'.


Saturday Classes are from 1pm-2pm ages 7-11.


Total Hours:

1 hour per week ages 7-11.


Age 7-11 £80 per term.

Term Dates 2020/2021:

Term 1 October 10th - December 12th

Term 2 January 9th - March 27th (Half Term February 13th)

Term 3 April 17th - June 19th (Half Term May 22nd)



Peter is using the same high level teaching structure and a specialised Syllabus as when he founded English National Ballet School, The Royal Danish Ballet School in Holstebro (DK). The faculty consists of professional dancers, teachers, directors and ballet critics and historians/scholars.

Teaching is done by EFB Team. Other teachers involved are all handpicked by Peter and will consist of internationally renowned dancers and teachers.



Edinburgh Festival Ballet School - Peter Schaufuss Diploma

3 years, 32 weeks of training a year, Monday - Friday (2nd and 3rd year Sunday - Friday)


The Full Time course is designed to support students pursuing a career in performance with a specific focus on ballet. Classical ballet education will incorporate technical tuition in adage and corps de ballet repertoire, solos, pas de deux and virtuosity.

Beyond the basis of technical excellence, the course will nurture a wider range of skills required by the professional performers of tomorrow. Schaufuss himself has written the course content designed to challenge students and propel them towards a successful career.

Complementary subjects will be offered, such as drama, anatomy, contemporary and Pilates as well as dance history, music and choreographic styles supported by theatre visits.

As further preparation to break into such a demanding and rewarding industry, students will be mentored in audition techniques and performance style, with the ultimate aim of achieving artistic eloquence on any stage.

As a showcase of their progress and of how their skills translate into a professional career, students will have the opportunity to give public performances of productions throughout each academic year in the iconic ‘Ashton Hall’ at Saint Stephen’s Edinburgh.

Upon completion, graduates will be presented with an SQA Higher National Diploma & Peter Schaufuss Diploma.

Our Full Time School ages 16+. costs £9000 per year.

If interested or require any further details please contact School Principal johan@edinburghfestivalballet.com

Download the Edinburgh Festival Ballet School Prospectus here.


Resident Edinburgh Students (Group A)

Monday to Friday: 5.15pm to 6:45pm


Group B

Sunday 10am-4:45pm + once a week (Mon-Fri: 5:15pm-6:45pm)

Total Hours: 7 1/2 hours per week.

Ballet, Contemporary, Modern incl. Improvisation, Choreography, Theatre and Dance History, Yoga and Pilates, Body Control and Nutrition.

This is a pre-schooling program for the Full Time School, obviously the more training the more the chances to reach an acceptable level.

£750 per term, there are 3 terms in a year.


Term Dates:


Term 1 September 14th – December 13th (half term October 19th – November 1st)

Term 2 January 2nd – March 28th (half term February 8th - 14th)

Term 3 April 12th – June 20th (half term May 17th - 23rd)




Term assessments with a larger end of year annual assessment.


There would be a maximum of 20 pupils in each class, but for some classes the number would be less to intensify the tuition.