First Steps (Babies)

Aged 2.5-4 years

Miss Alex created ‘First Steps’ herself after struggling to find a pre-school dance programme that was fun, truly engaging and inclusive. After lots of research and trialling Miss Alex create the syllabus she’d want her own children to do and all the teachers in the school have been trained to teach First Steps.

This class is based around a story theme which builds over the course of each half term. Children explore a variety of movements using the themes to explore balance, musicality and basic motor skills. The story themes inspire imagination and creativity, building the self-esteem and confidence to progress to the next level.

Pre-Primary

Aged 4-5 years

This is the first taste of a syllabus based class. The children learn set exercises with the basics of technique being introduced. Imagery and use of storytelling still plays a large part in this class.

Primary

Aged 5-6 years

Primary level is structured much more like a grown up ballet class with steps that increase in speed and elevation and a dance
to be performed at the end. The children learn the syllabus in small chunks, building up to a class performance exam.

Boys

At Maida Vale Ballet School we have a much higher than normal ratio of boys. We work hard to make our classes inclusive and respect the energy that boys tend to bring to the class. We welcome boys of all ages and in many classes they will not be alone.

Miss Alex was taught by the real Billy Elliot and would love to train the next!

Grade 1/2

Aged 7-9 years

This is the first of the graded exams and those who wish to take an exam and are ready will be given homework to practice.

This is the first time the children are introduced to lots of the more advanced technique and the use of turnout of the legs becomes much more a focus.

Grade 3/4

Aged 9+

The exercises and technique becomes more advanced and parents are welcome to watch classes and take notes of corrections and homework.

Tap & Modern, Musical Theatre and Acro

we currently run a grade 3 Tap and Modern class on Mondays for children age 9 and above.

For more information on tap and modern see the
'about IDTA' section or ask Miss Alex.

We are now pleased to be able to offer Musical Theatre classes for ages 6-10. These include vocal training, acting, movement and are taught by a Musical Theatre Professional.

Dance gymnastics (Acro) helps improve balance, flexibility and strength. Each lesson includes a full warm up, stretching, work on two gymnastics tricks and travelling work.

Sign Up & Join

New Starter Form
Click the '.pdf' link to the right to open the registration form in your broswer. To download it to your computer right click and 'save file as' or 'save target as'. Please fill in the form and email it back to hello@maidavaleballet.co.uk. If you aren’t sure which class to join feel free to phone or email to check.
  • I've been doing ballet for six years at Maida Vale Ballet School. I've really enjoyed it because of our amazing teacher Miss Alex. Miss Alex has taught me during this time and has made all the lessons really fun and enjoyable. While I have done ballet at this school I've made lots of friends including Emma, Yara, Jhameira and Luna-Belle (she's my cousin). This year it has been very fun and I am looking forward to grade 3 (if I get into the exam) and for more years of continuing to dance and exams at Maida Vale Ballet School!

    • Autumn Star
    • Grade 2 ballet student, age 8
  • Alex is a wonderful teacher. She is able to think of multiple ways to explain steps until she finds the one that works for you and is very encouraging and positive.

    • Gillian Iversen
    • Dance student
  • Alex holds herself and her students to the highest standards. She is capable of bringing out the best in every child and draws out the inner dancer in them all. Not only does she produce outstanding shows which gives each child the chance to perform, she also teaches to a very high level ensuring amazing results in exams. She is capable of taking a sow's ear and turning it into a silk purse - I should know, she's taking a group of total beginner adults and teaching us Grade Three tap! Her patience and professionalism know no bounds and her classes are brilliant fun.

    • Alice Morgan
    • Dance student and parent of dance student
  • My daughter has been attending ballet classes at Maida Vale Ballet School for just over two years. In that time I have watched her confidence and ability to socialise with children of all ages go from strength-to-strength. The weekly class has given my daughter the tools to develop life skills such as concentration, spatial awareness and is a place where she can nurture her love for ballet. Judging by the smiles I get after each class I am certain she has enjoyed her lesson. From a dance perspective Maida Vale Ballet guarantees to teach your child good solid technique (in ballet, jazz and tap) and the discipline to work towards an end goal in the form of summer shows and (if you or your child so wish) dance exams. Miss Alex immediately puts the children at ease with her very kind and approachable manner. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone wishing to introduce their child to the world of dance.

    • Katherine Emin
    • Dance student's parent
  • Our daughter has been attending Maida Vale ballet schools since she was four years old (2011). She started off a very quiet and shy little girl but over the years her self-confidence has grown immensely. She is now more outspoken and even likes to organise the others into the correct places before they start performing. Miss Alex runs the classes excellently and caters for girls and boys of all abilities, differentiating her teaching techniques according to each individual child so they can grow in confidence and thrive to their full potential through hard work and dedication. The Ballet school organises performances for parents to come and see and the choreography is amazing. Miss Alex and all her students make such a great effort to put on a good show and it pays off every time. We are so glad we let our daughter join. The discipline and commitment needed to attend classes and perform at the shows is all taught through the great example set by Miss Alex and we as parents have seen the vast difference in our daughter’s whole life not just at the ballet school. Our daughter has had some hearing difficulties and operations to correct this issue but neither her nor Miss Alex have let that hinder her progress. Miss Alex has been so supportive and helpful and we would like to say thank you very much to her it means so much to us seeing our little princess so happy and we would highly recommend anyone thinking of classes for their daughter or son to give it a go and see what happens.

    • Stuart and Claire Hewer
    • Dance student's parents
  • This is the fourth year my daughter attends this ballet school. Thank you for your hard work and patience with the kids. I have seen my daughter blossom through the years and become more and more focused and graceful in her dancing. I treasure the DVDs of every show and I can see how each year becomes a further achievement. It is evident how Miss Alex takes her job seriously and how hard she works to organise and run the school. A special thank you to her. I recommend this school to anyone who wants a committed and white hearted teacher who would motivate and push your child to love ballet and improve him/herself.

    • Aliyah Rahal
    • Dance student's parent
  • My daughter only started part-way through term at that start of this year, but with Alex's teaching method and patience my girl has grown so much. More confident, more happy and loves to dance. Thank you Alex, couldn't recommend this school any higher!

    • Famida Ayub
    • Dance student's parent
  • Miss Alex is an inspirational teacher to both my girls. They have made real progress since joining the school this year and they have fun!

    • Taj Giles
    • Parent of two dance students at Maida Vale Ballet School
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  • I've been doing ballet for six years at Maida Vale Ballet School. I've really enjoyed it because of our amazing teacher Miss Alex. Miss Alex has taught me during this time and has made all the lessons really fun and enjoyable. While I have done ballet at this school I've made lots of friends including Emma, Yara, Jhameira and Luna-Belle (she's my cousin). This year it has been very fun and I am looking forward to grade 3 (if I get into the exam) and for more years of continuing to dance and exams at Maida Vale Ballet School!

    • Autumn-Star
    • Grade 2 ballet student, age 8
  • Alex is a wonderful teacher. She is able to think of multiple ways to explain steps until she finds the one that works for you and is very encouraging and positive.

    • Gillian Iversen
    • Dance student
  • Alex holds herself and her students to the highest standards. She is capable of bringing out the best in every child and draws out the inner dancer in them all. Not only does she produce outstanding shows which gives each child the chance to perform, she also teaches to a very high level ensuring amazing results in exams. She is capable of taking a sow's ear and turning it into a silk purse - I should know, she's taking a group of total beginner adults and teaching us Grade Three tap! Her patience and professionalism know no bounds and her classes are brilliant fun.

    • Alice Morgan
    • Dance student and parent of dance student
  • My daughter has been attending ballet classes at Maida Vale Ballet School for just over two years. In that time I have watched her confidence and ability to socialise with children of all ages go from strength-to-strength. The weekly class has given my daughter the tools to develop life skills such as concentration, spatial awareness and is a place where she can nurture her love for ballet. Judging by the smiles I get after each class I am certain she has enjoyed her lesson. From a dance perspective Maida Vale Ballet guarantees to teach your child good solid technique (in ballet, jazz and tap) and the discipline to work towards an end goal in the form of summer shows and (if you or your child so wish) dance exams. Miss Alex immediately puts the children at ease with her very kind and approachable manner. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone wishing to introduce their child to the world of dance.

    • Katherine Emin
    • Dance student's parent
  • Our daughter has been attending Maida Vale ballet schools since she was four years old (2011). She started off a very quiet and shy little girl but over the years her self-confidence has grown immensely. She is now more outspoken and even likes to organise the others into the correct places before they start performing. Miss Alex runs the classes excellently and caters for girls and boys of all abilities, differentiating her teaching techniques according to each individual child so they can grow in confidence and thrive to their full potential through hard work and dedication. The Ballet school organises performances for parents to come and see and the choreography is amazing. Miss Alex and all her students make such a great effort to put on a good show and it pays off every time. We are so glad we let our daughter join. The discipline and commitment needed to attend classes and perform at the shows is all taught through the great example set by Miss Alex and we as parents have seen the vast difference in our daughter’s whole life not just at the ballet school. Our daughter has had some hearing difficulties and operations to correct this issue but neither her nor Miss Alex have let that hinder her progress. Miss Alex has been so supportive and helpful and we would like to say thank you very much to her it means so much to us seeing our little princess so happy and we would highly recommend anyone thinking of classes for their daughter or son to give it a go and see what happens.

    • Stuart and Claire Hewer
    • Dance student's parents
  • This is the fourth year my daughter attends this ballet school. Thank you for your hard work and patience with the kids. I have seen my daughter blossom through the years and become more and more focused and graceful in her dancing. I treasure the DVDs of every show and I can see how each year becomes a further achievement. It is evident how Miss Alex takes her job seriously and how hard she works to organise and run the school. A special thank you to her. I recommend this school to anyone who wants a committed and white hearted teacher who would motivate and push your child to love ballet and improve him/herself.

    • Aliyah Rahal
    • Dance student's parent
  • My daughter only started part-way through term at that start of this year, but with Alex's teaching method and patience my girl has grown so much. More confident, more happy and loves to dance. Thank you Alex, couldn't recommend this school any higher!

    • Famida Ayub
    • Dance student's parent
  • Miss Alex is an inspirational teacher to both my girls. They have made real progress since joining the school this year and they have fun!

    • Taj Giles
    • Parent of two dance students at Maida Vale Ballet School
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