Everybody Ballet provides ballet classes for anyone and everyone; no previous training necessary, just the enthusiasm to do something different.
Our carefully-designed method draws upon classical ballet techniques combined with specific stretching and core strengthening work to help students use their bodies in a healthy, graceful yet powerful way.

Our classes will increase your muscle tone and strength, as well as your flexibility, agility and balance. Ballet builds core strength and stability, and improves your posture, coordination and control, and the emotional value of moving to music is incalculable.

Ballet exercises are set in combinations to music, adding a level of mental exercise that is very different to other forms of fitness. Our students report feeling more graceful and more confident and that their brains get a thorough workout too!

 

Industry-leading tuition

Strength

Flexibility

Lean, strong muscles

Core stability

Improved posture

Better balance

Grace

Coordination

Confidence

Artistry

About Everybody Ballet

Everybody Ballet was founded by Isabel McMeekan, a former ballerina with The Royal Ballet, and handed over to Bennet Gartside, Principal Character Artist of the Royal Ballet, in the summer of 2017. Gartside continutes to offer a set of classes that takes the best aspects of classical ballet and makes it accessible for everyone. Everybody Ballet classes are friendly, unintimidating, holistic and fun. Here at EB, you will learn the basic exercises, stretches and techniques of classical ballet. We can help you look better, feel better, and develop a greater awareness of this beautiful art form.

Who's Involved

Isabel McMeekan was the first person to make the ‘Everybody Ballet’ methodology available throughout London, and Bennet Gartside continues this ethos.  Everybody Ballet has strong, enduring relationships with leading ballet companies and vocational schools worldwide. 

Bennet Gartside

English dancer Bennet Gartside is a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet and has performed with the company since 1995. His wide variety of roles with the Company have included Crown Prince Rudolf, Leontes, Mercutio, Tybalt, and Lescaut. Gartside has been the driving force behind Everybody Ballet since the summer of 2017 and in addition regularly teaches group and private classes.

Roberta Marquez

Brazilian dancer Roberta Marquez has been a principal ballerina with the Royal Ballet for over a decade. She has also guested as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Ballet and K Ballet in Japan. She has danced the leading roles in all the classical repertory. Miss Marquez has also been coached by some of the top dancers in the ballet world including Natalia Makarova, Elizabeth Platel, Anthony Dowell and Monica Mason.

Leire Ortueta

Leire was born in Bilbao, Spain. She trained in Classical Ballet with Ion Beitia for 7 years and continued her dance education at The Royal Ballet upper school before joining the The Royal Ballet Company in 1990 where she danced for 12 years, as a soloist. In 2002 Leire joined George Piper Dance (The Ballet Boyz). Leire is a certified dance teacher (R.A.D. Professional Dancers Teaching Course) as well as a certified Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor.

Tara Bhavnani

Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani is a Canadian ballet dancer who has performed with the Royal Ballet for over 15 years. She has danced in all of the productions at the Royal Opera House and around the world with the Royal Ballet since 2002. Tara has gained two teaching qualifications while still dancing, as Associate with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing as well as The Royal Ballet School’s Professional Dancers’ Teachers Course.

Morgan Bailas

Morgan is a ballet enthusiast and occasional ballet blogger. She first began taking ballet classes in her mid twenties, so she knows what it is like for students who are new to ballet as an adult. Morgan is the first point of contact for new and current Everybody Ballet students, and also schedules private lessons

Isabel McMeekan

A ballerina with a record of high achievement in the art form, McMeekan trained at Elmhurst and The Royal Ballet School. Her career saw her dance as First Soloist with The Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet. McMeekan has gained The Royal Ballet professional dancer’s teaching diploma. She is currently a Trustee of Amber's fund for The Royal Ballet. McMeekan is the founder of Everybody Ballet. 

Our classes

Everybody Ballet classes are taught by world-class professional and ex-professional dancers, in an accessible, caring environment to benefit everybody who would like to try ballet, even –
especially! - those with no previous experience.

  • Beginners Class

    For anyone and everyone - no previous experience necessary. The beginner's class will give you a clear understanding of the basic techniques fundamental to classical ballet and improve your knowledge and control of your body. Our classes usually start with some flexibility and core work, followed by exercises at the barre focussing on different areas of the body, and finally moving to the centre of the room for more challenging movements.

  • Intermediate Class

    The intermediate class works at a faster pace and encourages you to try more advanced movements and more difficult combinations. Suitable for those who are now comfortable in our beginners’ classes, and those who have previous experience of ballet.

  • Assoluta class

    A unique class specifically created for 60 year olds and over, involving gentle stretching, core work, barre work and centre practice.

  • In conversations

    We offer "intimate evenings" with luminaries of the ballet world, and past guests have included Leanne Benjamin AM OBE and the Royal Ballet Director Kevin O'Hare. 

  • Masterclasses, Workshops and Intensives

    Our three hour repertoire workshops give you the chance to dance a piece from one of the many well known classical ballets. Expertly taught, this is a unique opportunity to put your class work into practice and build on your artistry.

    Our masterclasses are with current leading ballerinas and dancers and are truly inspirational for all involved. Please check our "Our Classes" to see our upcomming Masterclasses. 

    Our two day intensives cover flexibility, class, repertoire and pas de deux, a wonderful opportunity to experience the typical working days in a ballet company. 

  • Pointe work

    All our classes are intended to help you use your body in a healthy, sustainable way. Those who are attending our intermediate level classes and are interested in pointe work should ask us for an assessment. Here we can discuss whether pointe work would be suitable for you. Pointe work carries a real risk of injury unless properly supervised, so we teach it in a private/duet situation to ensure the proper level of care. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further. 

     

     

  • What to wear

    Please wear whatever you are comfortable in – most of our regulars wear some kind of leggings and t-shirts.  We can give you advice on which ballet shoes are most suitable for our classes. Ballet shoes are mandatory at classes held at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden classes. Please bring water. Tutus optional....

  • Booking details

    Please email us dance@everybodyballet.com to register for your taster class, drop-in class or block of classes. Payment can be made before class by card payment, by cash, or online via PayPal, and must be made before the class starts. 

 
Timetable
Autumn Term 2017
Everybody Ballet Notting Hill
The Tabernacle, Powis Square, W11 2AY
Beginners Class
4th September - 16th October
Mondays 10.30am-11.30am
7 week course
£140
30th October - 11th December
Mondays 10.30am-11.30am
7 week course
£140
 
 
Taster Class
£20
 
 
Drop In
£25
Intermediate class
4th September - 16th October
Mondays 1pm-2pm
7 week course
£140
30th October - 11th December
Mondays 1pm-2pm
7 week course
£140
 
 
Taster class
£20
 
 
Drop in
£25
Everybody Ballet Shepherd's Bush
The Village Hall, 58 Bulwer Street, W12 8AP
Assoluta class
12 September - 17th October
Tuesdays 12.15pm-1.15pm
6 week course
£120
31st October - 12th December
Tuesdays 12.15pm-1.15pm
7 week course
£140
 
 
Taster Class
£20
 
 
Drop In
£25
Beginners class
12 September - 17th October
Tuesdays 1.15pm-2.15pm
6 week course
£120
31st October - 12th December
Tuesdays 1.15pm-2.15pm
7 week course
£140
 
 
Taster Class
£20
 
 
Drop In
£25
Everybody Ballet Covent Garden
The Royal Ballet School, 46 Floral Street, WC2E 9DA
Beginners Classes
4th September - 16th October
Mondays 7pm-8pm
7 week course
£140
30th October - 11th December
Mondays 7pm-8pm
7 week course
£140
5th September - 17th October
Tuesdays 7pm-8pm
7 week course
£140
31st October - 12th December
Tuesdays 7pm-8pm
7 week course
£140
 
 
Taster Class
£20
 
 
Drop in
£25
Intermediate
4th September - 16th October
Mondays 8.15pm-9.15pm
7 week course
£140
30th October - 11th December
Mondays 8.15pm-9.15pm
7 week course
£140
5th September - 17th October
Tuesdays 8.15pm-9.30pm
7 week course
£175
31st October - 12th December
Tuesdays 8.15pm-9.30pm
7 week course
£175
 
 
Taster class
£20
 
 
Drop in (MON)
£25
 
 
Drop in (TUES)
£30
Everybody Ballet Masterclasses
The Royal Ballet School, 46 Floral Street, WC2E 9DA
Masterclasses
Tuesday 24 October
7.30-9.00pm
Beginners Pointe Masterclass
£35
Wednesday 25 October
7.30-9.00pm
Pas de Deux Masterclass
£35 per person
 
 
 
or £50 per couple
 
Book both Masterclasses together for £60
 
 
 
Private Tuition
For those of you who would like a more bespoke service, we also offer private or duet classes at Golborne Place, Notting Hill

Private and duet classes focus on you entirely. Discuss with us your needs and goals and we can design a class especially for you, whether it's for those who prefer to learn in a private environment, or those who regularly attend ballet classes and want to focus on a specific area in detail, or even those who want to get a head start before joining a group class. 

Expect to see a speedy improvement in your overall body strength and shape. An hour’s private is £80 per hour, a duet class is £50 per person per hour.

Golborne Place is a west-London studio owned by former principal ballerina and Governor of The Royal Ballet, Monica Zamora, fully equipped and with a beautiful, calming atmosphere. 

 



Email to book at dance@everybodyballet.com
Coaching for Children
We specialise in coaching for children to help prepare them for more formal career training, or simply for the joy of dance, expression and movement.

We have had the privilege of coaching a number of girls and boys of all ages and we have had some outstanding results. Pupils have been accepted into White Lodge, Junior and Mid associates at The Royal Ballet school and many national and international summer schools. Our teaching qualifications,

combined with our extensive knowledge and first-hand professional experience, ensure that our coaching is of the highest standard. We can focus on whatever is required: including technique, pointe-work and repertoire, An hour’s private is £75 and a duet class is £45 p/person, p/hour.

 

Email to book at dance@everybodyballet.com

After a month of EB classes I am feeling fitter and more supple

 —Helen aged 31

I was very apprehensive but they were absolute angels who put me totally at ease...

Ray aged 46

Each class is pure emotion that brightens and comforts the spirit

—Josephine aged 76

My coaching has really helped me strengthen my ballet technique and I look forward to every lesson

—Honor aged 11

Get in touch
 

General enquiries
dance@everybodyballet.com

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