Danish dancer Peter Schaufuss set to open Edinbururgh ballet school

Danish dancer and choreographer Peter Schaufuss will be opening his full-time ballet school in Edinburgh next year.

The dance star, who launched the English National Ballet School in 1988, will be accepting applicants aged 14 and above from Scotland to join him at an initial masterclass weekend this upcoming spring.

Peter Schaufuss with Glided Balloons directors / Image credit: David Cheskin.

Spaces are competitive, with only 60 applicants who will be offered an invitation to attend specialised masterclasses from leading figures of the international ballet industry. The weekend will come to a close with an evening gala performance.

“The masterclasses are a weekend of classes taught by people who have been at the highest level of the dance profession. It’s an opportunity for students to be taught in a way that cannot be delivered elsewhere and to learn what it takes to be a professional dancer.”

Schaufuss was determined to start up his school in Edinburgh as he noticed the lack of full-time ballet classes in the area. Students will have the opportunity to test their skills and talents and learn more about ballet dance history.

“If you are a talented boy or girl who wants to learn ballet, you can’t get a professional full-time dance education in Edinburgh. I felt there was something unfair about that”, stated Schaufuss.

Saint Stephen’s church – one of the two venues for Schaufuss’ school.

The masterclasses will be held in two locations in the city – St Stephen’s church and Rose Theatre Edinburgh.

Schaufuss added: “At the two venues here, we have the capacity to do this and offer young people the opportunity I had as a young dancer. Through people I know in the industry, we have some very good tutors who can offer the best possible training to aspiring dancers in Scotland.”

Following right after, there will be a summer school this year and monthly masterclasses in the consecutive months leading up to the grand opening in September. Those interested in joining the weekend masterclasses will have up until 1 February 2018 to apply.

Further details and ticketing for the masterclasses can be found here.

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