Photo: Brian Slater

Our work with secondary schools

Dance Partnership and Access Programme

Our Dance Partnership & Access Programme offers a variety of opportunities for secondary schools, colleges, youth groups and Royal Ballet School students throughout the year including: aDvANCE London and National projects; Young Creatives, INSIGHT events and Museum visits.

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

aDvANCE London

This long term project is designed for London secondary schools, colleges, youth groups, and students from The Royal Ballet School. The projects provide opportunities for creative and social exchange by working collaboratively to explore elements of ballet. They culminate 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.

aDvANCE National

Provides a creative insight to the art form of ballet, and the training involved in becoming a classical ballet dancer, through creative workshops and visits. The project is structured to be delivered over one term by the group’s dance teacher in collaboration with a designated Royal Ballet School visiting artist.  It culminates in performance of original student dance pieces at The Royal Ballet School.

Young Creatives

Young choreographers can take part in an Easter Residential Course at White Lodge, as part of Youth Dance England’s Young Creatives programme. Visit the Youth Dance England website for more information.

Secondary INSIGHT

Visit Covent Garden campus 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 ballet class and a tour of The Royal Ballet School building.


Visit White Lodge Museum, at our Richmond Park campus, 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.

Current projects
aDvANCE London 2 November 2013 - May 2014

This year the aDvANCE 2 project is unique; working in partnership with two schools, two Music Services and the Philharmonia Orchestra.  The project involves over 100 young people.

Students from Richmond Park Academy and Feltham Community College form one group and The Royal Ballet School year 10 pupils a separate group.  Each have been meeting for weekly sessions with Bim Malcomson to create a unique piece to excerpts from The Firebird score. Similarly, young musicians from Richmond and Hounslow have been joined by professional musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra to rehearse selected sections of The Firebird to accompany the final performances of the piece.

The final piece of choreography will be accompanied by a live orchestra of young musicians from both Music Services and the project will culminate in two performances in the Margot Fonteyn Theatre at The Royal Ballet Lower School.


Past projects
aDvANCE National January 2014 – February 2014

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

 The aDvANCE National project started in January 2014 with young dancers from 5 partner colleges visiting The Royal Ballet School. They observed vocational ballet training, before having a go themselves.

The dance teacher at each college then worked with a specialist teacher from the Dance Partnership & Access Programme to creatively explore heritage repertoire, The Dream, by Royal Ballet choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton.  Royal Ballet Students worked  with the same theme in their weekly chorography sessions and collaborated with a composer who created an original score for their work.

In March 2014,  the 75 BTEC dance and performing arts students visited The Royal Ballet School to perform dance pieces created through this exciting collaborative project.