International Summer School 2023

Our sought-after International Summer School is a 5 day program of lessons and workshops for juniors through to pre-professional dance students.

Experience an exhilarating week focusing on mastering technique, harnessing creativity, and developing artistry and musicality with confidence. And most of all – a week of positivity, new friends, and world-class teaching.

ISS2023 will wrap with an invitation to parents to observe a class and a demonstration of work achieved.

This year, we are honoured to have Mr David Yow, former Principal of Birmingham Royal Ballet join us – along with an exceptional faculty of master teachers and choreographers.

  • Our Junior Program is for ages 7 – 10
  • The Senior Program is for ages 11 – 18
  • And our Pre-Professional program is for dancers aged 15 to 20
  • Pre-professional students must be dancing at an Elite level.

Students are divided into classes within each program, depending on age and current ballet training. Our expert faculty will advise if they feel a student is in an unsuitable class and needs to be moved. This is at the discretion of the faculty and ISS Director. Our focus is always on the welfare of your child and the other students in the class.

Meet David Yow, Former Principal of Birmingham Royal Ballet

Meet David Yow, Former Principal of Birmingham Royal Ballet

David was born in Liverpool and trained at both The Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools. He graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in 1982 and relocated with the company when it became Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990. He rose to the rank of Principal Dancer and went on to dance with Cleveland/San Jose and Hong Kong Ballet companies.

He returned to the Royal Ballet School to complete their teaching diploma for professional dancers. In 2022, he became a Fellow of the Cecchetti Faculty in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. He also holds a degree in psychology from Goldsmith’s College, University of London.

He started teaching at English National Ballet School in September 2017 having previously taught at Elmhurst Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, The Laban Centre, and London Studio Centre. In 2015 he was invited to be a member of the assessment panel at The Danish Royal Ballet School, Copenhagen.

David teaches at international workshops, especially in Japan, and in summer schools around the world. He has also taught for the Hong Kong Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Michael Clark companies, and has been a regular member of the jury for the Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong.

Our guest faculty

In addition to Mr David Yow, this year we welcome back

  • Paul Boyd – classical ballet
  • Jane Devine – classical ballet

and introduce

  • Kristen Hockley – musical theatre and jazz
  • Sian Sherwood –  ballet and repertoire
  • Sophia Ndaba – contemporary
  • Veronica Beattie – broadway jazz
  • Sally Harrison – strength and conditioning

with Lindsay Ellman-Brown as Director of ISS2023.

Please see here for more information about each.


Please see here for answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive.