Dancer training

Dancer Training

We train dancers full-time, part-time and during our annual Intensive Courses.

Full-time dancer training

Our full-time courses are for students aged 11-19 years. They begin for the younger students at our White Lodge campus in Richmond Park, where we run a five-year classical ballet course alongside secondary academic studies. Our three-year training programme at our Covent Garden campus is for students aged 16+ and includes academic studies for a BA degree in Classical Ballet and Dance Performance.

11-16 years old


16-19 years old

Upper School

Part-time dancer training

We offer part-time training for young dancers aged 8-17 who may be considering full-time training or a career in dance through our nationwide Associate Programme.

Associate Programme

Junior Associates

Junior Associates (application age 8-10 years old)

Mid Associates (application age 11-13 years old)

Senior Associates (application age 14-15 years old)

Advanced Associates (application age 16-17 years old)

Intensive Courses

Each year we offer Intensives in the UK and Asia in the Spring (April), Summer (July/August) and Winter (November/December).

Our July/August Summer Intensive runs in two sought-after locations, historic White Lodge in Richmond Park (10 to 15-year-olds) and Covent Garden in central London (16 to 20-year-olds).

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International Scholars Programme

The Royal Ballet School’s International Scholars Programme identifies exceptional talent in young ballet students who live outside of the United Kingdom.