Photo: Brian Slater
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
This year, 1st year students at The Royal Ballet Upper School are collaborating with dance students from The BRIT School, a Performing Arts College in Croydon. They will have 12 weekly sessions with choreographer Liz Foster, assisted by Artist in Education Bim Malcomson.
The whole group will meet for two all day rehearsals at The Royal Ballet School and also have the opportunity to visit each other’s schools to learn about their respective dance training.
The project will culminate in a joint performance piece to be performed at The Royal Ballet School on 6 and 7 February 2014, and will also showcase individual work from both groups.
Year 10 students at The Royal Ballet School worked collaboratively with Glenthorne High School on a 12 week project earlier this year.
Choreographer Toby Norman-Wright developed a unique dance piece, Game On, based on De Valois’s Checkmate and the theme of modern gaming.
Links were also made with the Year 10 Expressive Arts GCSE curriculum, and art work developed through this was projected throughout Toby’s piece. Read what the students thought (link to testimonials)