Photo: Brian Slater

Our work with primary schools

Our Dance Partnership & Access Programme offers a variety of opportunities for primary schools including: primarySTEPS; INSIGHT events and Museum visits.


primarySTEPS is a national junior school programme which aims to provide Year 3 (7-8 yrs) class groups with a positive introduction to ballet; and initial creative ballet training for selected children, who would not otherwise have the opportunity. Our centres are:


In partnership with Blackpool Aspire Academy (formally Bispham High School for Performing Arts), The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training, and five local primary schools: Anchorsholme Primary, Bispham Endowed Primary, Devonshire Primary, Layton Primary and Revoe Primary.

Bury St Edmunds

In partnership with King Edward VI School, DanceEast, and six local primary schools: Guildhall Feoffment Primary, Hardwick Primary, Howard Primary, Sexton’s Manor Primary, Tollgate Primary and Westgate Primary.


In partnership with Dagenham Park CE School, Trinity Laban, and five local primary schools: Beam Primary, Godwin Primary, John Perry Primary, Marsh Green Primary and William Ford Junior.

Mansfield Woodhouse

In partnership with The Manor Academy, Dance 4, and five local primary schools: Leas Park Junior, Peafield Lane Primary, Northfield Primary, Robin Hood Primary and St Edmunds CE Primary.


In partnership with Churchfields Academy, Swindon Dance and six local primary schools: Drove Primary, King William Street Primary, Lainesmead Primary, Lawn Primary, Mountford Manor Primary and Oak Tree Primary.

School workshops

primarySTEPS focuses around a cluster of five or six primary schools in one area. Each school receives:

  • Six creative dance workshops introducing elements of ballet, for all Year 3 pupils
  • INSET and resource materials to support work with the pupils.
  • An invitation for Year 3 to watch a demonstration in their area of ballet training by Royal Ballet School students. This demonstration involves Upper School students aged 16+ and Junior Associate students aged 10 -11 years and is audience interactive.
  • The opportunity for selected pupils to join a regular primarySTEPS class for initial creative ballet training.

Our Autumn Workshops can contribute to Arts Award Discover through pupils’ participation and documentation of their learning.
To find out more, visit

primarySTEPS dance classes

Up to 26 Year 3 pupils from participating schools, who have not previously had an opportunity to study ballet, are invited to attend regular introductory creative ballet classes. For a nominal weekly fee, pupils receive:

  • Weekly introductory classes led by Dance Partnership & Access teachers and accompanied by a musician
  • Dance uniform and shoes
  • Opportunities to see Royal Ballet School students in training and professional dancers performing
  • Visits to local and regional dance providers and opportunities to perform locally and at The Royal Ballet School

Pupils in primarySTEPS dance classes can contribute to Arts Award Explore through participation, creating and presenting their work and finding out about The Royal Ballet School and other arts organisations.
To find out more, visit


See our related teacher resources


Visit our Lower School at White Lodge, Richmond, to see our students in their classical ballet training.  This visit includes an introduction to the key elements of classical ballet training, watching a specially designed demonstration class and an opportunity to get up and have a go yourselves.

Online applications for this event will be open in late November.


Visit White Lodge Museum at our Lower School, Richmond Park, to learn about the daily life of students at The Royal Ballet School, the history and development of classical ballet and the fascinating story of White Lodge itself.

Book your visit

Get Involved

  • Primary INSIGHT event
  • Book a primarySTEPS Resource inset at your venue
  • Register your interest in the primarySTEPS resource

To register your interest or for further information on any of the above, contact


“I wish it could last 100 weeks”

Marsh Green Primary School student

“By the 6th workshop they moved like dancers!”

Year 3 primary school teacher

“Thank you for giving my son the chance to dance. He now has a new respect and understanding for dancing. I know it is not something he would have chosen to do, but done as part of school with his peers has made him try some new things.”

Year 3 parent from Westgate School, Suffolk

“Without primarySTEPS I would not have seen or realised my talent…My teachers made me feel proud of myself and showed me that I can do whatever I choose to do with a bit of courage…”

primarySTEPS graduate from Marsh Green Primary School, Dagenham