Course Overview

Young Beginners Ballet (age 7-11)

The Young Beginners Program is preparing students for EFBS Pre-Full Time. The classes are taught by Lucy Hutton and emphasizes on the fundamental aspects in Ballet.


The Saturday's 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.

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


Total Hours:

1 hour per week


Age 7-11 £80 per term.

Term Dates 2021/2022:

Term 1 September 11th - November 27th (Half Term Oct 18th - 31st)

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

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

Maximum of 20 pupils in each class.


PRE SCHOOL (Ages 12+)

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 1st – December 2nd, 2021 (half term October 18th – October 31st)


Term 2 January 5th – March 31st, 2022 (half term February 14th - 20th)


Term 3 April 16th – June 19th, 2022 (half term May 23th – 29th)




Term assessments with a larger end of year annual written 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.

FULL TIME (Ages 16+)


Edinburgh Festival Ballet Full Time School - Peter Schaufuss Diploma

3 years, a minimum of 32 weeks of training a 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.


FULL TIME (Ages 18+)


Edinburgh Festival Ballet School - Peter Schaufuss Diploma


Specifically, for those who have recently graduated from a Ballet school can join the 3rd and final year of our EFB Full Time Course.


It’s a one-year pre-Professional programme which offers the possibility to tour with EFB Company.

£9000 for the full year.