How much do you pay for ballet lessons for under 7's

(35 Posts)
Monica101 Sat 22-Aug-15 19:46:44

I am a bit shocked to find that dd's pre primary ballet is going to be £6.50 for a half an hour class.

Is this the going rate - £91 a term!

balletgirlmum Sat 22-Aug-15 22:42:54

Yes, that's about right.

sleeplessinderbyshire Sat 22-Aug-15 22:49:09

I pay £46 a term I think. Now I'm paying for ballet, tap and acro it's getting expensive

taxi4ballet Sun 23-Aug-15 00:24:48

That seems a bit on the high side for a 30-minute class though, whereabouts do you live?

Around here it costs about that for a class of an hour and a quarter for older children.

Ilikesweetpeas Sun 23-Aug-15 00:28:07

That seems steep! I pay £40 per term for an hour. Not a mega serious dance school but they recently did exams and all did well

GraciesMansion Sun 23-Aug-15 07:47:03

Depends where you live I guess? We pay £6 per hour, regardless of the grade, so it would be £3 for a half hour lesson. That's at a RAD school in the NE.

Ktay Sun 23-Aug-15 07:52:24

I'm guessing that's not London, you can pay £9 per class round here shock

TheColdDoesBotherMeAnyway Sun 23-Aug-15 07:53:06

£3.80 for a 45 minute lesson with a RAD teacher, all ages are the same (S Wales)

Just wait until the exams start - the extra kit and lessons cost us around £200 this summer shock

Barbeasty Sun 23-Aug-15 08:05:50

£40 a term for 30 minute lessons. If you do a 2nd class there is a discount (can't remember off hand but I think it's about £5 off the subsequent classes)

Monica101 Sun 23-Aug-15 08:14:12

I live in the North East, so maybe that's why I'm a bit taken aback at the price.

I think I'll just pay it, the teacher seemed very nice, DD did a trial class and enjoyed it. I didn't ask the price at the time so more fool me.

But yes steep I think for what it is.

AsTimeGoesBy Sun 23-Aug-15 08:16:22

£5 per half hour at an established RAD/ISTD school here, if you add more classes you get a slight reduction. £1 per half hour for extra lessons in the leadup to exams, but no obligation to do the exams.

AsTimeGoesBy Sun 23-Aug-15 08:17:35

I'm in the SE (not London) btw.

Monica101 Sun 23-Aug-15 08:18:19

Oh gulp £200 for exams! I am not a ballet person so is Grade 1 the first exam?

This school seems to go nursery, pre primary, primary then the grade classes start.

TheColdDoesBotherMeAnyway Sun 23-Aug-15 08:27:40

Dd has just done her primary exam. The exam itself wasn't expensive but she needed 3 months of extra lessons, special socks, brand new shoes, a list of hair stuff and we hired the correct leotard and skirt. We haven't even had the results yet - it takes 8 weeks. It required time off school too. It wasn't compulsory but she wanted to do it and she really enjoyed the experience. She'll be going into grade 1 now is September, she'll do that for 2 years before another exam. It also means she needs new uniform and shoes (character) so more money!

AsTimeGoesBy Sun 23-Aug-15 08:46:41

We had very little expense for pre-primary and primary exams, other than the fees (about £35 I think). Half a term of extra lessons at £1 a week, £1 for a CD of music to practise at home, no special uniform, just her normal lesson stuff, and a few pounds on hair grips and net buns. Probably £50 in total.

The school show is the expensive one for us £35 for costumes, about £12 each for tickets, then there are professional photos, DVD, programme etc. It's in a biggish theatre and is an amazing experience though.

AsTimeGoesBy Sun 23-Aug-15 08:47:40

Oh and no time off school for show ir exams here, it is all at weekends.

Monica101 Sun 23-Aug-15 09:59:20

I can see ballet is going to be expensive adding in not just term fees but exams and annual show too. It seems a lot more than gymnastics which dd is doing at the moment.

Thanks for the reply, interesting to compare prices.

NoParking Sun 23-Aug-15 10:03:17

£9 per 45 minute lesson here in London.

And the last exam cost about £100 (new shoes, pianist, four compulsory extra lessons). I refused to buy a new leotard and skirt, though, that would have been another £25.

BikeRunSki Sun 23-Aug-15 10:06:05

£3 for a half hour class, paid in half termly blocks.

Lurkedforever1 Sun 23-Aug-15 11:26:54

Ring round others locally and compare prices, but look at what age range/grade they go up to, somewhere that only teaches beginner end will be cheaper because they aren't likely to have teachers that are as good.
I'm no expert on ballet but it will be the same as any lessons or coaching, you pay the same at low levels because they need good basics and it's the same time for the teacher whatever the level. Plus pre primary can have under 5's in which can make it harder work than teaching dedicated teens.

Monica101 Sun 23-Aug-15 14:00:35

I think that is why it must be so expensive comparatively Lurkedforever, this dance school goes through all the grades.

I wouldn't be surprised to pay £6.50 for an older child I think it's because dd is under 5 that I thought it was a lot!

Looking at the other prices outside of London it does seem steep, anyway I'll give it a few terms and see if I think it's worth it.

The teacher is the first I've thought was nice so I may have to just pay up for this.

AsTimeGoesBy Sun 23-Aug-15 14:10:42

Ours goes through all the grades and various other dance disciplines too, I think it works out at £5/half hour whatever class it is, but older dancers do longer/more classes so it costs more. They don't have their own building, possibly that keeps the costs down.

teacakesthree Mon 24-Aug-15 15:47:40

That does seem steep for the area. My six year old has one ballet class (RAD) £4.00 for half an hour, her IDTA ballet is £2.50 for half an hour. Weekly private ballet lesson is £15.00. Gymnastics, contemp, tap etc all approx £3.50 per half hour, except gym.

GraciesMansion Tue 25-Aug-15 20:29:04

Depends where in the NE. That sounds like a Hexham price to me! wink

Monica101 Wed 26-Aug-15 21:31:21

Well guessed Graciesmansion. grin

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