Welcome to the Pavlova School of Classical Ballet

Enrolment for year 2022 will be on Friday 28 January 2022 from 17:30 until 19:00 at Henley High School Hall. Ballet classes start from Monday 31 January 2022.

Huge congratulations to Imogen Walters (a former Pavlova School of Classical Ballet student) who in May 2020 graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Imogen Walters

Imogen Walters

The Pavlova School of Classical Ballet invites girls and boys aged 5-18 years to learn classical ballet, contemporary dance and stretching.

The School offers junior beginner classes for girls and boys up to 12 years of age. There are further beginners, intermediate and advanced classes for girls and boys aged 12 and over. Private lessons are also available.

Intermediate and advanced students practice pointe work.

Please Note: Ages groups are not strict as classes are based on ability.

The Vaganova Method

The School uses the Vaganova Method of classical ballet in its pedagogy. This method is the basis of the renowned Russian School of Ballet style.

The method was developed by the famous Russian ballerina Madame Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951), and is widely used in Russia, Europe, North America and other parts of the world.

A highly professional approach based on years of experience in the field of teaching this method is used.

Classes are imparted by the Bolshoi trained, Moscow Festival Theatre and State Kremlin Ballet acclaimed soloist and principal dancer, Valentina Pavlova.


Students will study classical repertoire from the following ballets:

  • Swan Lake
  • Nutcracker
  • Don Quixote
  • Giselle
  • Cinderella
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • Raymonda
  • Le Corsaire
  • Coppelia
  • Variations from other classical ballets

Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their acquired skills through participation in the professionally staged, artistically directed performance at the end of 2019 in an established theatre venue.


Henley High School Dance Studio

Classes are held in Henley High School Dance and Drama Studios. Dance studio is fully equipped with barres, mirrors and tarkett dance floor. Dance Studio is air-conditioned. Change rooms are also available.

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