Beginner – BWI Winter Intensive


6th January 2025 – 10th January 2025

9:30am – 5:30m (BST)

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The BWI Beginner Winter Intensive.


About this workshop.

A pre-professional-style intensive for adults.

Tickets on sale: July 21st – 2pm BST

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This will be a detailed and energetic week, where everyone can strive to push themselves and improve both technically and artistically with Isabella. Prepare to enjoy working hard, laugh a lot, and be empowered in a positive, encouraging atmosphere!

The Beginner level is aimed at adults (18+) who have been training for at least 1 year, 2+ times a week. Dancers should have a good understanding of a basic, traditional ballet barre and basic centre. This is not for absolute beginners. (Our Absolute Beginner 8-week Plan is available HERE! )

This level is great if you want to master the basics,  build confidence and build your foundations the correct way. We’ll spend a lot of time practicing the minute details of foundational steps at the barre and in the centre. This is an intensive like no other as we will spend two seperate classes focusing on barre and centre. This way you will get the time, detailed correct and feedback you deserve. So many classes rush the foundations. Not here!

We’ll focus on correct alignment, how to use the muscles optimally, head and arm coordination, basic linking steps, building a pirouette, small jumps and more..

If you’re not sure this is the level for you, email [email protected] and have a look at our other levels, available in our box office.

You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the events page by clicking HERE

Tentative schedule.

Here is an example of what one day looks like. For the whole timetable, head to our booking page HERE which includes all the information.

Final schedule will be confirmed closer to event.

Day 1

Self Warm-up



Mat Madness



Ballet Barre

10:30 – 12:00





Targeted Conditioning



Ballet Centre







15:30 – 16:30





Chat and Rest!


Who is this for?
  • You are serious about improving technique & want to do so in a supportive environment.
  • You want to explore your artistry & discover new facets to yourself as a dancer.
  • You wish pre-professional summer intensives extended to adults as well.
  • You want to build community with other dancers who are passionate about ballet and about being the best dancers they can be.
Who is this not for?
  • You have never taken ballet before. See Here for our Absolute Beginner Course!
  • You are looking for drop-in classes or a part-time workshop. The Intensive is the 5 full days.
  • You are at an Absolute Beginner or Intermediate level.
  • You aren’t interested in focusing on the minute details of technique.
Meet your teacher.

Isabella McGuire Mayes

Isabella is the youngest and first british graduate to join the vaganova ballet academy at 15 years old. Working to become top of the school. Isabella was a soloist with Mikhailovsky and Eifman ballet before returning to London and discovering her passion for teaching. Isabella founded BWI as a way for dancers globally of all levels to get the detailed vaganova training as well as conditioning they desire to take their ballet to new levels.

What you’ll learn.
  • Open studio time in the morning to warm up on your own
  • A guided warm-up or specific conditioning
  • Vaganova Technique Class in two whole classes
  • 1.5 hours of barre and 1.5 hours of centre (with a live pianist!) Really get into detail of the movements. 
  • Introduction to Repertoire combining the steps we have worked on
  • Technique deep-dive! 
  • Stretching and understanding how to stretch 
  • Targeted conditioning. Introduction to Floor barre!
  • The schedule will likely be approximately 9:00-17:00 with an hour for lunch and a short break in the afternoon. Possibly a shorter day Wednesday to allow for a bit of rest and recovery.
  • Performance opportunity in the studio at the end of the week
  • Each participant will also receive a welcome bag with a few surprises, and there will be one or two optional social activities during the week. Participation in social activities is not required, but I hope you’ll come and hang out!
Cancellation Policy.
  • Full refund through November 5, 2024
  • 50% refund between November 6 – December 5, 2024
  • No refund from December 6, 2024

Please email [email protected] to request a refund.

Please email [email protected] to request a refund.

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