Silver Swans

Peak Ballet offers Silver Swans classes in Ashbourne, Belper and Matlock. See below for details.

The Royal Academy of Dance developed Silver Swans as a pilot project in response to a growing demand for ballet classes for older learners.  As Angela Rippon CBE, the  RAD’s Silver Swans ambassador, scientifically proved in her BBC programme  ‘How to Stay Young’, dance is the exercise which ticks all the boxes to give you the full mind and body workout. She said that the evidence “really convinced me that dance is a way to ensure a long and healthy life; it keeps you supple, it’s an aerobic exercise, it gives you spatial awareness, it makes you use your brain, and it gives you some kind of social contact as well. I hope that men and women across the country will take up the Royal Academy of Dance’s invitation to become a Silver Swan.”

Port de Bras

Lara is a licensed RAD Silver Swans teacher who has been trained to safely adapt ballet technique for older adults. Whilst Silver Swans classes are specially targeted at older learners, there is no upper or lower age limit!




at the barre

Silver Swans classes are on:

Mondays, 1-2pm at Ashbourne Town Hall in the Ballroom

Wednesdays, 1-2pm at the Strutts Centre, Belper (from 27th February 2019)

Thursdays, 1-2pm at FlowMotion.Life, Unit 4, Olde English Road, Matlock (next to Parkside Fitness behind Dale Road).

(please check contact page for term dates).


Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a drink and plenty of enthusiasm!

experimenting with scarves!

Here is a poem by Maggie who has been inspired by her Silver Swan journey!

I am a ballerina, by Maggie, Ashbourne Silver Swan

I am a ballerina, an oldie Silver Swan

My bunions flipping kill me, with my ballet slippers on.

I dream of being famous, pirouettes on stage

The audience in awe of me, especially my age.

My hair like silk is silver, drawn tightly in a bun

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, ballet can be fun.

My bingo wings prove useful, they take me to new heights

Outstretched and balanced awkwardly, I take off into flight.

Across the floor I drag myself, poised as best I can

A reflection in the mirror reminds me who I am.

Black tights that suck in every surplus roll of flesh,

Around my bum and hips the leotard, that takes my breath, will suck in all the rest.

My childhood dreams are now fulfilled, I dance with age and grace

Take to the stage, don’t be afraid, when signet years take flight,

Your Silver Swan will carry you across each stage of life.