A former Royal hunting lodge, White Lodge became home to The Royal Ballet School’s younger students in 1955. Since then, there has been continuous development of its facilities in order to keep it at the forefront of ballet training in the UK.
Most recently was an extensive £22 million, three year redevelopment, completed in 2009. This included two new dance studios, the extension of a third studio, state-of-the-art accommodation for the 126 students, a new dining hall as well as major works to the original 300-year-old building.
There are now six studios, one of which is the Fonteyn Studio Theatre, named after Margot Fonteyn, one of the School’s first and most illustrious graduates. The Fonteyn Studio Theatre converts from a fully equipped theatre with a seating capacity of 250, into one large studio or two smaller ones.
Recreational facilities at White Lodge include an indoor heated swimming pool, a tennis/netball court, and a small football pitch. The student common rooms provide darts, snooker, table tennis and television.
Our Covent Garden base is in Floral Street, opposite the Royal Opera House and is linked by a spectacular bridge spanning Floral Street at fourth floor level, providing the students with safe and easy access to The Royal Ballet.
Our four-storey building provides six air-conditioned, state of the art studios, one of which doubles as a performance studio with retractable seating for 180.
There are also changing and shower rooms for male and female students, a gym/body fitness room, a pilates studio, physiotherapy suite and students’ common room.
The education suite consists of four classrooms with an extensive library, the latest computer equipment, art studio and audiovisual suite, all of which are located on the fourth floor to take advantage of the natural daylight.
All studios are linked to the audiovisual suite so that classes and rehearsals can be recorded, enabling both students and staff to enhance technique and performance quality.
The studios in Covent Garden ensure that our students enjoy the very best facilities, and that The Royal Ballet School remains one of the world’s foremost classical ballet schools.