The Royal Ballet School is recognised as one of the top three centres of dance training in the world.
Admission to The Royal Ballet School is based purely on artistic talent and potential.
There are currently 129 students aged 11-16 at the White Lodge, Richmond Park and 93 students aged 16-19 at our Covent Garden base.
Currently 89% of students rely on financial support to attend the School. 83% are funded or part funded by the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme and 47 students are supported by generous individuals and trusts through our Student Sponsorship and Bursary Programme.
Of those students supported by the Music and Dance Scheme, one in five come from families whose gross annual income is less than £10,000 and over 42% are from families with income of less than £30,000 per annum.
Each year between 700-750 young dancers audition for a place at The Royal Ballet School. The School admits 24 students into Year 7 and 25 to 30 into the 1st Year at Covent Garden.
On average the ratio of boys to girls is 50/50, twenty years ago it was 80% girls. In some years we have more boys than girls.
For the past seven years 99% of graduating students have secured a contract with a national or international ballet company.
Over 70% of members of The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet are alumni of The Royal Ballet School.
We run eight Associate centres around the country: Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Totnes, Eastleigh, Newcastle and London. There are currently 483 Royal Ballet School Associates.
In any one year, the School engages with over 3,500 aspiring young dancers and dance lovers from all over the country.
The Royal Ballet School’s Summer School is a major fixture in the international dance calendar. 1,510 dancers from 60 different countries applied for 350 places in 2013.
Our Dance Partnership and Access Programme was launched in 2005 with funding from the Dept of Children, Schools and Families. Each year, its projects reach approximately 2,400 young people in 38 schools in and around five centres: Dagenham, Blackpool, Swindon, Bury-St-Edmunds, Mansfield and London. Most of these young people will have had little or no previous access to the arts.
In September 2010, Dagenham boy Sam Lee became the first student to join The Royal Ballet School as a result of participating in Dance Partnership and Access and the Associate Programme.
In February 2009 we opened the UK’s first-ever permanent ballet museum – White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre. Visits to the Museum are free, but must be booked in advance: Telephone 020 8392 8440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although not academically selective, students of The Royal Ballet School continue to score above the national average. In August 2013, the national average for GCSE passes at A*-C was 68.1%, The Royal Ballet School students scored 70%.
For further information please contact the Development Department 020 7845 7073 or email us