About the School

The Natalia Kremen Ballet School was founded by Natalia Kremen in 2012 with only three students. NKBS has gone on to become a thriving school in the heart of Kensington and Battersea , with well over 100 students. NKBS is fully accredited by BDQT and is a member of ARBTA (Association of Russian Ballet and Theatre Arts) and the students work towards their internationally-recognized exams.

Vaganova Method

Offering classes in the Vaganova method to students from ages 3 -16, we hold classes for those who want to pursue ballet as a hobby for its sheer enjoyment and for those who want to consider ballet as a possible career option. The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951). Vaganova’s system is the natural development and continuation of the traditions of the Russian school of ballet.

School Philosophy

NKBS strongly believes in encouraging students in all aspects of dance, and in ensuring that they reach their full potential in a safe, enjoyable and caring environment. We aim to instill a love of dance in our students, and offer a wide range of classes to provide the complete dance experience.

Vocational Programme

We have a full vocational programme for students of 11+ who are seriously considering a professional ballet career. Participating in this programme is by invitation only. Students may audition from the age of 11 and their suitability for our rigorous training programme will be assessed. Our vocational students must commit to at least five days a week, although most opt to do the maximum six. This equates to a minimum of six hours and up to 10 hours of training per week, including classical training, rehearsals and audition classes.

Achievements

Our students were invited to perform with the Bolshoi and Maryinsky ballet companies on the stage of the Royal Opera House in 2014 and 2016. Students also attend galas and have the opportunity to meet leading dancers of world-class ballet companies, and participate in a professional-standard end of year performance, featuring dancers from the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.

Faculty

All of our teachers are former professional ballet dancers, some having been principal dancers in the leading companies of the world. All NKBS staff are DBS checked.

Scholarships

The school is pleased to be able to offer full and partial scholarships, based on audition and means testing. For further information, please contact the school direct.

Patron

We are delighted that His Highness Prince Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky is the school's patron. Prince Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky takes an active and interested role in the school and is very keen to ensure its continuing success.

NKBS Foundation

The Trust is independent of the school and oversees its day to day running, all legal aspects, and its accounts. It also gives other assistance as and when requested.

Supporting the School

There are various ways you can support us. Please contact the school director for more information.









Code of conduct



Admissions:

Students are admitted on the basis of their suitability, potential and talent. Students are assessed during a trial class and placed in a class deemed suitable, the Director's decision being final.

 

The minimum number of students in a ‘ballet ‘class is 6, the maximum number is 12. If the number falls below 6 NKBS reserves the right to withdraw the course.

 

It is the school's policy that all places are offered on merit and no applicant is discriminated against 

on the basis of race, colour, nationality, gender or ethnicity.

 

A limited number of whole or part scholarships are offered solely at the discretion of the Director. For further information, please contact our NK Ballet Foundation – nataliakremen@gmail.com

 

NKBS do not offer refunds for a class missed by a student.



Anti- Bullying Policy:

To create an ethos of good behaviour, where our students treat each other and staff with respect.

 

The school takes bullying very seriously and will seek to prevent it. Our policy is:

 

          To prevent bullying of any sort.

 

          To make it clear to all students and staff that bullying is unacceptable.

 

          To make our students feel that they can dance in a caring and safe environment without    fear of being bullied.



Personal Conduct:

It is the aim of the school to promote good student conduct  at all times both inside and outside of the venues used, in a manner that shows due regard for their own safety and dignity and that of fellow students, teachers and others present.

 

Students should behave respectfully to their teachers and classmates at all times and respect any rules or regulations specific to venues used.

 

Students must not do or say anything that may be obscene, immoral, harmful or offensive.

Minor incidents of poor behaviour will be dealt with by the class teacher.

 

Repeated incidents will be reported to parents and the school Director.

 

More serious incidents will be dealt with directly by the Director and may result in the student being asked to leave the school.



Physical Contact:

It is essential in teaching dance for physical contact between teachers and students to take place in class, e.g. in order to make corrections. It is NKBS policy that: 

 

All teachers will treat physical contact with sensitivity and care and with regard to the wishes of the students.

 

Contact must never involve inappropriate force.

 

Contact is made with the awareness of the needs of the individual students where corrections are necessary.



Curriculum:

Students age 9 and over follow a Vaganova method of ballet and it is our aim that all students reach their full potential, whether studying ballet for recreation or as a possible career path.  Students under the age of 9 will be taught special programme created by NKBS based on Russian and leading European techniques. Students will be put forward for ballet examinations by process of invitation only. This decision is made by the Director and is final.  Those considered suitable for the demands of the syllabus will be invited to take an additional Exam Class, following the ARBTA - Association of Russian Ballet and Theatre Arts - syllabus.

Change of class times/venues at short notice -NKBS reserve the right to change class times and or venues where necessary. You will be notified of such changes.



Guardianship:

Registers are taken at each class. Students are only released to parents or nominated guardians at the end of a lesson.   A charge is made for late collection of a child where a teacher has had to remain with them. We must receive notice in writing if a child under 14 will be travelling alone.


Health and Safety:

The Safety and well-being of all students is the highest priority of NKBS. Regular risk assessments are made of all venues.

In-house policies for each venue used are followed. 


Concerns or Complaints:

It is our aim that both parents and students should feel that any concerns and / or complaints are listened to and taken seriously and dealt with promptly.

 

Initial concerns should be emailed to the school secretary - Info@nkballetschool.com                                                                            

More serious complaints communication protocol - All communications should be sent in writing to the Director through the school administrator via email to info@nkballetschool.com stating the student's full name and nature of the concern/ complaint.

 In the first instance, you will receive an acknowledgement of your concern raised and we would aim to have a formal response within five working days.  

Complaints/concerns raised via social media will not be acknowledged.



First Aid:

NKBS teachers will administer first aid where necessary and act in loco parentis. It is mandatory that parents /guardians sign the medical waiver form provided.

 

All teachers have completed a first aid training course.



Parental/Guardian Responsibilities:

Attendance:

As a general rule replacement classes are not granted except in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the School Director.

NKBS would ask that as much notice as possible is given to the school administrator or teacher when a student will not be able to attend a class. Private lessons are not refundable and cannot be forwarded unless a replacement student can be found for cancelled lessons.

60 days ‘notice of non- attendance is required for exams or any NKBS show; failure to do so will result in charges still being applied.

Punctuality is essential.  NKBS students should not arrive at class more than 10 minutes early as most locations do not provide waiting areas. It should also be noted that if a student arrives more than 15minutes late to a class, they may not be allowed to join in and may be asked to sit at the side of the class to watch and make notes.

There are no child care facilities available after any lessons, at any location. Parents must ensure prompt collection of their children after classes. If a teacher is delayed because one of their students has not been collected, a charge will be made.

Students who have missed classes may be asked to take private lessons to catch up where necessary.

              Students registered for Exam Classes must attend a minimum of no less than 10 classes a term.   



Personal Information:

All pupils must have a completed and signed Student Agreement Form. It is the parents' responsibility to keep NKBS updated with any changes of students' details including contact and medical records.


NKBS Studios:

       Locations:

   Royal Garden Hotel Health Club, 24 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PT

   Fitness First Health Club, 29-37 Harrington Road, London SW7 3HD

   Eden Montessori, 16 Allen Street, London W8 6BL

   Christ Church, Victoria Road, London W8 5RQ

   Imperial College Gym "Ethos", 7 Prince's Gardens, London SW7 1NA

  Printworks Health Club & Spa 10 Beaconsfield Terrace Rad, London, W14 0PP  

   

There are no waiting facilities for parents or carers the Royal Garden, Eden Montessori, Christ Church or Aquilla locations. There are however waiting areas in the reception lobby of the Imperial College Gym and the Gym Way locations, whilst the waiting area in the Fitness First club is the changing room, not reception. 


Classes Timetable:

Parents and students should be aware of their own class timetable; details are provided with each annual student agreement. School timetable information is always available on the school website.www.nkballetschool.com/school/timetable.html 

You will be notified via email of any changes to the timetable.


Payment of Fees:

All fees should be paid in full by the close of business the day before term begins. Late fees will incur a late payment charge.

 

NKBS Show:

All students are expected to take part in our annual show unless prior notice has been given. NKBS ask that all participants commit fully to the rehearsal programme and performance arrangements.

Solo Choreography is studied in private lessons only.

 

NKBS Uniform and Appearance:

All students should attend class in the correct, clean uniform. Girls' hair should be worn in a neat classical bun. Jewellery and make-up should not be worn in class. 

Uniform should be purchased from the school office:  8Holland Street, Third Floor, W8 4LT. Please note all uniforms must be paid for by cash or cheque.

Compulsory uniform items to be purchased from NKBS.

Girls – NKBS leotards and skirts appropriate to group class.

Boys- unitard and shorts (or tights).

 

Students should also have:

Girls – ballet tights and pink canvas ballet shoes.

Boys - Black or white canvas ballet shoes with matching socks.

These items can be purchased from NKBS or other ballet suppliers.


Personal Photography & Social Media Policy:

NKBS does not permit photography of any kind, at any time, by student or parent, during lessons, either of themselves, their classmates or their teacher.

No photographs, or recordings of classes or performances should be posted on any social media site without the consent of NKBS.

Parents are required to complete a photo release form.



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