Audition FAQs

What will the audition involve?

Students attending an audition will be met by staff of The Royal Ballet School at the selected venue, where they will register and be given their audition number. They will then be asked to prepare before being welcomed by the Director or Head of Outreach & Teacher Training.

Students will be escorted to the audition studio by their class teacher.

The audition will be a standard ballet class, appropriate to the age group auditioning. This will be 1¼ to 1½ hours in duration.

Do I need to prepare anything for the audition?

You do not need to prepare anything specifically for the audition. The audition will take the form of a standard classical ballet class, you will not need to perform a solo or bring a prepared piece.

What if I haven’t learnt one of the steps in the class?

Students are encouraged to ask the class teacher to explain and show them any steps they are unfamiliar with. No student will be disadvantaged for not having previously learnt steps or terminology.

What is looked for in the audition?

The audition panel is looking for students who show both a potential and an aspiration for a profession in classical ballet, and who would therefore benefit from The Royal Ballet School’s System of Training.

What should I bring to the audition?

You should come to the audition underchanged, (with your usual ballet clothes, under your street clothes), remember to bring your regular ballet shoes, and a bottle of water, which you can take into the audition with you. As students may be asked to take their shoes off for some exercises, it is asked that flat ballet shoes have elastics rather than ribbons, and if tights are worn, convertible tights are preferred.

Can I audition at a different venue to the one I wish to attend?

Yes, you may audition for an associate place in a different venue to the one you wish to attend for classes. You only need to attend one audition, however this can be for consideration for multiple venues for the Associate Programme. It is also only one preliminary audition for candidates applying for both the Lower School and Associate Programme. Successful applicants for the Lower School preliminary auditions will be invited to a Final Audition at White Lodge.

Can I audition again, if I was unsuccessful previously?

Students are welcome to audition again. We are aware that young dancers develop and progress in certain areas at different times, and therefore no applicant is ever dissuaded from ever re-applying. We have had students audition in the past who have been successful in their future attempts.

Am I able to receive feedback from my audition?

Due to the very large number of audition applicants, and in line with The Royal Ballet School’s Admissions Policy, we do not provide feedback in regards to the result of an audition or Summer School selection.

When will the results be sent?

Currently all UK results are sent by letter. We do aim to send results out approximately one month after the last audition.

Full-time Preliminary Auditions: February

Full-time Final Auditions: March

Mid & Senior Associates: April

Junior Associates: June

Summer School: April