System of training

Dame Ninette de Valois, Founder of the School. Photo: Gordon Anthony

Our system of training is based on the legacy which Ninette de Valois inherited from her own teachers: Espinosa, Cecchetti, Legat and Preobrajenska.

De Valois wanted England to have its own, indigenous ballet, built on the model of the old schools attached to the opera houses of Continental Europe and Russia. So, in 1926, she opened The Academy of Choreographic Art.

Our core aim remains the same today as it was in de Valois’ time: to produce dancers with a strong, clean classical technique with great emphasis on artistry, musicality, purity of line, co-ordination and a quality of movement, free of mannerisms.

We produce graduates who are capable of integrating seamlessly into The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and other top professional dance companies.

Our System of Training has been developed to encompass the eight years of full-time training offered at The Royal Ballet School. It draws upon the valuable traditions from different schools of classical ballet, retaining the best that was created by our predecessors while embracing the demands of classical dance technique as is required of professional artists today.

At all times emphasis is placed on natural flow of movement, musicality, the joy of dance and the development of the dancer as an artist.