Student sponsorship

The Royal Ballet School accepts students based purely on talent and potential and is 'need blind'. Your support will ensure this continues and we develop the very best classical dancers of tomorrow.

Student Sponsorship Programme

Perhaps one of the most rewarding ways to support The Royal Ballet School is to sponsor our students and help them fulfil their dream to dance professionally.

With admission to the School based purely on artistic merit and potential, competition is fierce and every year hundreds of young dancers, from across the world, apply for one of its coveted place.

We pride ourselves on never turning away a talented student due to lack of financial means and rely on individuals, companies and grant-making trusts to support these exceptional young dancers.

Where your sponsorship is most needed

All British students at The Royal Ballet School are eligible for a means-tested grant to help meet their school fees from the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme.

Students from Europe (over 16 years old) may apply for part funding from the Music and Dance Scheme, which covers their training but not their accommodation or living expenses. These students frequently require financial support or a ‘Maintenance Bursary’.  Those students who come from beyond Europe are ineligible for any Government support and can require up to a full bursary to attend the School.  All bursaries are means-tested in line with the grants made to British students by the Music and Dance Scheme.

As a Student Sponsor you will receive:

  • Regular reports and personal letters from the students updating you on their progress
  • Opportunities to watch the students in class
  • Invitations to open days, performances and competitions
  • VIP tickets to the Summer Performances at Opera Holland Park and the Royal Opera House
  • Invitations to other Royal Ballet School events throughout the year
  • Complimentary copies of Encore the biannual School e-newsletter
  • Grateful acknowledgement on The Royal Ballet School's website and in its Annual Report

As the students' careers progress, you will take pride in knowing you played a major part in helping them to realise their potential.

Full Bursary: £28,749
Maintenance Bursary: £10,185 

Student sponsorship is sought at £10,000 per annum upwards or £5,000 to share sponsorship of a student. A commitment of three years is requested where possible to support a student through the School.


Download a Student Sponsorship Application Form

Audition Fund

With many ballet companies around the world under increased financial pressure, they are getting smaller and employing fewer dancers. This means students often have to attend several auditions before securing a job. Flights to auditions, accommodation and other costs have to be met by the students and for some, this becomes prohibitively high. Your help can aid them on their way to a professional career.

Hardship fund

Our hardship fund helps to pay for the day to day necessities of being a student of dance - ballet shoes, tights, travel, outings, music lessons, audition photographs etc. None of these are covered by a student's grant or bursary and can mount up as the year progresses. This is where your support can be felt on a daily basis, allowing our dancers to equip themselves in line with their peers.


95% of students accepted into White Lodge began their training in our Associate programme. The costs associated with this programme can be difficult for parents, particularly if they have to travel a long way to their Associate centre. As a vital step on the road to becoming a full-time student, we believe that no student should be deterred from becoming an Associate. We are generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and your donations can help support young dancers in the early stages of their ballet lives.

If you are interested in supporting students of The Royal Ballet School, please contact:

Head of Development and Communications

+44 (0) 20 7845 7070