Photo: Brian Slater

Secondary school partnership

The Royal Ballet School believes in promoting partnerships with other secondary schools, to benefit both the young people visiting as well as our own students. As part of this, we offer Secondary Insight Days and run The Advance Project.

Our outreach work is designed to introduce the art form of classical ballet to young people in a creative and dynamic way.

Secondary Insight

Every year, The Royal Ballet School offers a Secondary Insight day at our Upper School in Covent Garden. Secondary schools are invited to apply to attend a free demonstration of the classical ballet training pursued by our Upper School students aged 16-19. 

This year the event will take place on Thursday 19 January 2017 and online applications will open in the autumn. 

Secondary Insight

The Advance Project

This long term project is a dance collaboration between a London secondary school and students from The Royal Ballet School. The project provides the opportunity for creative and social exchange by working collaboratively to explore elements of ballet. It culminates in the creation of a joint dance performance piece, presented in one of The Royal Ballet School’s theatres.

The Advance Project can contribute toward Bronze Arts Award through participation in physical activity, discussion and improving personal arts practice.
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The Advance Project 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 tool.

aDvANCE 2016

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


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.


Firebird 2014

The Advance Project, May 2014, White Lodge, Richmond Park