The Russian Ballet School

About the school

The Russian Ballet School in Cambridge offers classical ballet classes for children from age 5 up to advanced level (including Teaching qualification) and for amateur adults, i.e. those who wish to retrain or who have always wanted to learn ballet. Many University staff are pupils in the adult classes. The school is run by Karen Stringer (ANATD, MNATD, FNATD, DTOL) and the teachings of Agrippina Vaganova and the style of the Kirov Ballet are followed.


The school has regular performances and we have had the advantage of having original music composed for us by Rhys Wilson, who is Musician, Composer and Teacher at Abbey College, Ramsey, Cambs. The performances feature original ballets by Karen Stringer. Many adults participate in the performances. Regular examinations are held and Examiners from the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dancing) come to examine the pupils. Children may train up to and including Teacher level. Adults are also entered for examinations when ready.


We also have a Christmas party with a small dance display for the parents and families. Pupils from the school have won many gold, silver, and bronze medals in the Cambridge Dance Festival over the years.


We pride ourselves on the happy and friendly atmosphere of this school. While excellence is aimed for, the ability to work within a group, happily and with co-operation, is also promoted.


For further information, please ring Karen Stringer on (01223) 473402 or send an email

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