Photo: Brian Slater

Our work with secondary schools and young people

We offer a variety of opportunities for secondary schools, colleges, youth groups and Royal Ballet School students throughout the year including: aDvANCE and INSIGHT events.

All these projects and events are designed to introduce the art form of classical ballet to young people in a creative and dynamic way.


This long term project is designed for London secondary schools, colleges or youth groups, and students from The Royal Ballet School. The project provide opportunities for creative and social exchange by working collaboratively to explore elements of ballet. It culminates in the creation of a joint dance performance piece, for approximately 50 young dancers, which is performed in one of The Royal Ballet School’s theatres.

Our aDvANCE project can contribute toward Bronze Arts Award through participation in physical activity, discussion and improving personal arts practice.
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Watch a film of our Firebird Project

aDvANCE London May 2014, White Lodge, Richmond Park

aDvANCE 2016 – in partnership with Dagenham Park Church of England School

Friday 18 March 2016 saw the culmination of the aDvANCE project 2016, with two performances at White Lodge. Over eleven weeks of the spring term, choreographer, Bim Malcomson worked with Year 10 students at White Lodge and Year 9 and 10 students at Dagenham Park Church of England School to create a joint piece for 42 dancers, using aspects of classical ballet as a creative experience.

aDvANCE 2016

Through a mixture of separate and joint rehearsals, the students developed their own dance material under Bim’s expertise and inspiring guidance. The result was an exhilarating and humorous piece of choreography that showcased the outstanding talents of both sets of students and brought them together in a creative, social and cultural exchange, which both parties will remember for a very long time.


Dagenham Park Church of England School is a mixed comprehensive school in Dagenham, Essex, committed to developing each individual, nurturing their talents and aspirations in order to develop confident young people who are ready for the challenges of adult life in the modern world.

The school strives to inspire learners to excellence, stretching them academically and harnessing their creative energies so that they can make a full contribution to the school, wider community and beyond.

For more information, visit their website.