Video audition requirements

How to submit your video to The Royal Ballet School

The auditions team will need you to upload your video to a file sharing website and send them a link with the applicant’s details so they can watch it online, we regret that we no longer accept DVD disc applications. Videos should be no longer than 20 minutes.

There are several ways to do this – here are a couple of suggestions:

Dropbox

Login or create a free Dropbox account and click on the ‘upload file’ button. Once the video has uploaded, right click on it and opt to ‘share’. Then enter the auditions@royalballetschool.org.uk email address and in the ‘message’ box please clearly state the applicant’s full name and which course(s) they are applying for. The auditions team will then receive a link to be able to watch the video online privately.
Please note there is a 2GB limit for free Dropbox accounts.

Vimeo

Login or create a free Vimeo account and follow the site’s instructions to upload your video. Set the video to private using the ‘Only people with a password’ setting. Then find and copy the URL of the video, and send the link to auditions@royaballetschool.org.uk with the password details and the applicant’s full name and which course(s) they are applying for.

If you have any questions about any of the above please email our web team.

 

Required video audition content
Age requirements stated below are age as at 31 August in the year of entry. All courses commence in September.

 

Covent Garden (senior)

Candidates aged 16-18 years inclusive  (ages as at 31st August on the year of intended entry)

1. Uniform

Girls – plain leotard, tights, soft ballet shoes (except for number 6 in pointe shoes).
Boys – fitted white t-shirt or leotard, black tights, white socks, ballet shoes.

2. Photos

One close-up shot of full figure in five (four for boys) positions as per photograph (requirements stated on application form).

3. Barre work

Please position the camera in front of the applicant to show full height and breadth in pliés and ports de bras. Please position the camera halfway between front and side for all other sections of the barre to show full range of movements. Left and right sides of all exercises must be shown.

Fifteen minutes (in total) of barre work to cover:

a) pliés and ports de bras
b) tendus and glissés
c) ronds de jambe à terre and en l’air
d) adage with fondus
e) grands battements and battements en cloche

4. Centre practice

Fifteen minutes (maximum) of centre practice, adage and pirouettes

a) Centre practice must show battement tendu combined with battement tendu jeté in croisé, en face effacé, devant and derrière
b) Adage must include grands ronds de jambe, a promenade in either à la seconde or arabesque, and a penché in 1st arabesque
c) Pirouettes may be from 5th, 2nd, or 4th position, but must be done on the right and the left sides, en dehors and en dedans

5. Allegro

Fifteen minutes (maximum) of allegro to cover:

a) one enchaînment terre à terre (quick steps)
b) one enchaînment showing batterie
c) one enchaînment showing travelling jumps including waltzing

6. Pointe work

Five minutes (minimum) of pointe work to include:

a) simple échappé relevé in 2nd and 4th, retiré relevé and passé relevé
b) simple pirouettes from 4th position
c) courus en diagonale
d) diagonale of piqué turns

7. Solo

Classical solo to be included if possible (at end of video)

PLEASE NOTE: Boys must complete numbers 1-4 inclusive and number 6 (at end of video) plus:  a) tour en l’air, single or double

 

White Lodge (junior)

Candidates aged 12 – 15 years inclusive  (aged 12-15 years 11 months as at the 31st August on the year of intended entry)

1. Uniform

Girls – plain leotard, tights and soft ballet shoes.
Boys – black tights, close-fitting white t-shirt, white socks and usual ballet shoes.

2. Photos

Close-up shot of full figure in four positions as per photochart.

3. Barre work

Ten minutes (in total) of Barre work to cover:

a) Pliés (demi and full)
b) Tendus and battement tendu jeté (glissé) in all directions
c) Ronds de jambe a terre
d) Adage (ie developpé)
e) Grands battements en croix – in two counts for each movement
f) Cambré (bends)

Please position the camera in front of the applicant to show full height and breadth in pliés and tendus. Please position the camera halfway between front and side for all other sections of the barre to show the full range of movement.

4. Centre work

Simple pirouettes en dehors with any preparation (only if they have already been taught).

5. Ten minutes (in total) of allegro to cover:

a) one enchaînment terre à terre
b) one enchaînment showing a simple batterie
c) one enchaînment showing big jumps and flowing movements

6. Girls

Five minutes (in total) of pointe work (if taught) at the barre only:  Rises, relevés, in 1st, 2nd and 5th positions.

7. A short demi-character dance of 2 minutes or less duration - optional

White Lodge (junior) candidates aged 11 years

Aged 11 years only (under 12 years) as at the 31st August on year of intended entry

1. Uniform

Girls – plain leotard, socks (pink or white), usual ballet shoes.
Boys – ballet shorts or footless tights, fitted white t-shirt, vest or leotard, white socks, usual ballet shoes.

2. Photos

Close-up shot of full figure in four positions as per photochart.

3. Barre work

Ten minutes (in total) of Barre work to show:

a) Plies (demi and full) b) Tendus (4 front, 4 side, 4 back and 4 side) c) Battement tendu jeté (glissés) (4 front , 4 side, 4 back and 4 side) d) Grand battements en croix (in 4 counts for each movement) e) Cambrés (bends) – sideways, forwards and backwards.

4. Centre work

a) Simple ports de bras b) Battement tendu combined with relevé lent. c) 1st Arabesque à terre de coté d) Sautés in 1st and 2nd positions,en face e) Balancé de cote in a series f) Polkas en diagonale.

5. A short demi-character dance of two minutes or less