joanne, thanks for your question, and welcome!
<P>as you live near Surrey, i suggest you contact the University there, where there is a world-renowned dance department (or is THAT where you already went to university?).<P>i would expect that someone there would be able to give you advice about open classes in your area - possibly even some provided by the university...<P>as regards schools which teach SYLLABUS (for exams), if you contact the ISTD or the RAD they will tell you of any member teachers in your vicinity - then it is up to you to contact them and see if they do adult classes, or accept adults in their normal classes.<P>if you want to do exams, and the RAD don't permit adults to do so, then maybe you should consider ISTD. of the two ballet syllabi they offer, the Imperial Ballet one may be more suitable for adults than the Cecchetti Ballet one...ask around as to what's available.<P>i'll be interested to hear if the ISTD allow adults to take their grade exams. <P>i know that with both RAD and ISTD,if you take the major exams AS A TEACHER CANDIDATE, you have to know the syllabus, and be able to demonstrate it competently, but you don't have to be able to DO it to the same standard as the young dancers. (of course, you also have to learn about ballet theory and teaching practice, which may or may not interest you...)<P>as you say, there are good open classes for adults in london, but i understand your preference for somewhere near home.<P>i'm sure we can come up with some more ideas for you, if you check back over the next few weeks...let us know what you find out!<P>good luck!<P>