Eligibility

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Check which courses you can apply for.

If you are unsure we recommend that students check with their dance teachers. You can also contact our Auditions team: [email protected].

Dance teachers wishing to apply for our Diploma of Dance Teaching can contact our Teacher Training team: [email protected].

Dancer training eligibility

Age requirements – all ages are taken as the age at 31 August in academic year of application (September to August).

Ages 8.00-10.11

Junior Associates and Intensive Courses

  • Boys and girls aged 8.00-10.11 by 31 August 2021 (in school years 3, 4 or 5)
  • No specific experience – we recommend speaking to your child’s dance teacher if you are unsure
  • Demonstrable passion and basic aptitude for learning classical ballet
  • For Junior Associates – ability to travel to the nearest Associate centre each Saturday of the academic year that a class is held.

Ages 11.00-13.11

Full-time training, Mid Associates and Intensive Courses

  • Boys and girls aged 11.00-13.11 by 31 August 2021 (in school years 6, 7 or 8)
  • Demonstrable commitment to the study of classical ballet and a basic technical facility acquired through previous dance training
  • For full-time training – the intention to train full-time, boarding at White Lodge, Richmond
  • For Mid Associates –  ability to travel to the nearest Associate centre each Saturday of the academic year that a class is held
  • For Intensive Courses – no prior commitments during the course dates.

Ages 14.00-15.11

Full-time training,  Senior Associates and Intensive Courses

  • Boys and girls aged 14.00-15.11 by 31 August 2021 (in school years 9 or 10)
  • Demonstrable commitment to the student of classical ballet and a good technical facility acquired through previous dance training
  • Girls must be en pointe and able to take part in pointe work training
  • For full-time training – the intention to train full-time, boarding at White Lodge
  • For Senior Associates – ability to travel to either London or Birmingham on each Saturday of the academic year that a class is held
  • For Intensive Courses – no prior commitments during the course dates.

Ages 16.00-20.00

Full-time training

  • Dancers aged 16.00-18.11 by 31 August 2021 (in school years 11, 12 or 13)
  • Dancers who intend to continue their dance training to 18, with the intention of pursuing a career in dance
  • Girls must be confident en pointe
  • The intention to train full-time, boarding at Royal Ballet School boarding houses in Pimlico or Covent Garden, London.

Intensive Courses

  • Dancers aged 16.00-20.11 by 31 August 2021
  • Girls must be confident en pointe
  • No prior commitments during the course dates.

Advanced Associates

  • Dancers aged 16.00-17.11 by 31 August 2021 (in school years 11 or 12)
  • Dancers who intend to continue their dance training at 18, with the intention of pursuing a career in dance
  • Girls must be confident en pointe
  • Ability to travel to London each Saturday for the 18 sessions of the programme

Funding for dancer training

The Royal Ballet School selects students based on their potential and not their ability to pay. No potential student should be deterred from applying to The Royal Ballet School due to lack of financial means.

You will only ever pay what you can afford – about 90% of students are supported financially in some form, with over 22% paying no fees at all.

Find out more about fees.

Diploma of Dance Teaching eligibility

These entry requirements represent a guide. For more information, please contact our Diploma of Dance Teaching team: teachers.[email protected].

Vocational strand

Candidates entering the course will normally have:

  • A minimum of three years’ professional experience as a dancer with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet or other internationally recognised classical ballet company
  • Successfully completed an interview for the course with the Artistic Director, and/or the Head of Outreach and Access of The Royal Ballet School
  • Demonstrated personal attributes required for vocational ballet teaching including:
    • appropriate personal presentation
    • personal and professional integrity
    • analytical skills in relation to ballet technique, musicality and artistry
    • the ability to, or the capacity to learn to, visually recognise areas of improvement for individual dancers
    • appropriate communication skills for working with young people and colleagues
    • the desire to work with young people in order to foster their talent for classical ballet
    • organisational skills
    • the ability to work as part of a team
  • Passed a Disclosure and Disbarring Service (DBS) check prior to commencing the course

Educational strand

Candidates entering the course will normally have:

  • Attainment of a degree in dance, or equivalent standard from a recognised dance training organisation, or a minimum of three years’ professional experience as a dancer
  • Successfully completed an interview for the course with the Artistic Director, and/or The Head of Outreach and Access, and/or Dance Partnership & Access Programme Manager of The Royal Ballet School
  • Demonstrated personal attributes required for ballet teaching including:
    • appropriate personal presentation
    • personal and professional integrity
    • analytical skills in relation to ballet, musicality and artistry
    • experience of, or interest in, creative dance and choreography
    • appropriate communication skills for working with young people and colleagues
    • the desire to work with young people in order to broaden access to dance and ballet
    • organisational skills
  • Passed a Disclosure and Disbarring Service (DBS) check prior to commencing the course