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Funded by Arts Council England, National Youth Ballet is excited to team up with Parable Dance, ISTD and NYB ambassador Joe Powell-Main to offer an introduction to teaching ballet in a more inclusive way and exploring movement translation for different bodies.


Led by NYB Creative Director Jo Meredith, Parable Dance Co-Founder and Artistic Director Natasha Britton and NYB ambassador Joe Powell-Main, this introductory CPD workshop is designed to widen the skills of ballet and dance practitioners and offer practical tips for incorporating inclusive practice into the ballet class and creative process.

Practitioners will learn:

  • Tools, tips and techniques for working in an inclusive way
  • How to use and explore the rich language of ballet and how to think of it in new ways
  • How to work creatively with ballet as your language, exploring different creative approaches and broader ways of working
  • Work with Joe Powell-Main to translate ballet vocabulary for different bodies.


Why is All In! important?

Ballet as an artform, both within the creative sector and further afield, is not traditionally perceived as being inclusive. This introductory NYB All In! CPD will provide teachers with a rare  opportunity to learn from experts and explore inclusive ballet practice, enabling teachers to work in a more responsive way within their class and developing a broader understanding of a range of young dancers.


A note from Parable:

We are really interested in further exploring inclusion across taught dance. The origins of inclusive dance developed largely in contemporary dance (creative and improvisation), therefore there has been far less exploration within ballet settings.

At Parable we are really keen to bring together our expertise in inclusive dance with NYB’s ballet expertise, to really investigate and promote ballet as an inclusive art form. Ballet with its focus on storytelling and rich descriptive words (to bend, to strike etc) has huge potential to be accessible to all. We are looking forward to applying our inclusive teaching methods to ballet and learning how these methods can adapt and evolve.



Further information

Times and dates

Please note that all course dates and times are stated in British Summer Time (BST). Courses will include time for breaks; however, the exact timing of this break may vary from course to course.

Closing dates

Bookings for this course close 4 days before it is due to take place. Therefore tickets may not always be available to purchase via the website. However, if you contact us via email we may be able to manually book you onto the course. 


In the instance of a change to availability, we may need to find an alternative lecturer (than the one originally scheduled) to lead a course. This will not affect the content covered in the course.

CPD hours

All hours stated next to each course refer to the earned CPD hours. This will be reflected on each certificate of attendance that you will receive.

Waiting list 

If a course you wish to attend has sold out, please contact us via email to be added to the waiting list.

Further questions

If you have any further questions, please contact and a member of the CPD team will get back to you.

Booking terms and conditions


Booking conditions

All fees must be paid in full, with cleared funds, before bookings close for the course. Delegates will only be provided with zoom details and have access to online courses once payment has been made.

Each participant (irrespective of whether they are sharing a studio or device) is required to pay for their place on the course. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not pass on the zoom login details or allow anybody that has not booked, to join the course on any device.

Cancellations must be made via email to 

  • For any cancellations made less than 10 days before the event, the ISTD will retain 50% of the total booking fee.
  • For any cancellations made less than 7 days before the event, the ISTD will retain 75% of the total booking fee.
  • For any cancellations made less than 4 days before the event, the ISTD will retain the total booking fee.
  • Under exceptional circumstances or where a doctor’s certificate is provided a full or partial refund may be given at the discretion of the Education and Training department.

In the event that delivery is affected by a local lockdown or any other force majeure, we will do our best to make alternative arrangements in order to ensure the course can go ahead. However, if this is not possible, delegates will be contacted and offered a refund or a credit note.

We cannot account for the strength of delegate internet connection and ask that each attendee check the connection before each course. In the case of loss of connection part-way through a course, refunds will not be given. Where possible, we may offer you an alternative course to attend. This will be at the discretion of the Director of Education.

Certificates of attendance will be sent to each delegate via email as a PDF document after the CPD event has taken place. The CPD hours on the certificate will reflect the time attended by the participant with time deducted for late arrival or early departure from the session.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing has the right to refuse bookings on the grounds of health and safety or if acceptance would contravene its Regulatory Authority Approval.

Course delegates are responsible for their own personal property and safety. Delegates must ensure that they follow the appropriate health and safety warnings, including:

  • Ensuring the space is environmentally equipped and safe (i.e. proper lighting and adequate temperature).
  • Having enough room to participate in the activity without there being any obvious risk of injury to the participant, to others, or risk of any damage to the surrounding property.
  • Ensuring that the flooring in the room is appropriate for the activity to be undertaken.
  • That no other adult is observing during the course without the prior knowledge and permission of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing reserves the right to record any online CPD for the purpose of further training.
Filming/photography/recording of any content displayed or discussed during the online class is not permitted by any delegate.

All work displayed is the intellectual property of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and appointed lecturers. Recording the lectures would be a breach of copyright and anyone found doing so may be removed from the session and future bookings.


Consent and release

ISTD is committed to the principle that the interests and welfare of participants taking part in dance activities is paramount. To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, ISTD needs your permission before we take any photography or video of you.

By acknowledging and agreeing to these terms, I consent to ISTD photographing or videoing me at this event. I can confirm that I have been made aware that these images or videos could be used in dance-related publications, the ISTD website, at future events, and broadcast on social media or video streaming services. I give the ISTD permission without a time limit to use this photography or video (including facial images) worldwide on any medium.


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