Royal Ballet School International Scholar joins the School
Just a year after being selected as a Royal Ballet School International Scholar, 13-year-old Takumi Miyake has taken up a place at The Royal Ballet School. He is the first student from our new International Scholars Programme to be offered a place to train at the School.
The Japanese student started at White Lodge in Year 10 in September this year after being offered a full-time place by the School's Artistic Director Christopher Powney.
Takumi said: 'I was so happy to be offered a place to train here after becoming an Royal Ballet School International Scholar. I am really enjoying it and I have made lots of new friends.'
Christopher Powney, Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet School, said: ‘Takumi is a talented young man with a clear passion for ballet and it is fantastic he has now joined us at White Lodge. Our International Scholars Programme is a great way for us to honour gifted young people like Takumi who may one day be ready to train at The Royal Ballet School.’
What is the International Scholars Programme?
The Royal Ballet School’s International Scholars Programme identifies exceptional talent in young ballet students who live outside the United Kingdom. This exclusive programme offers a very select number of gifted students, aged 11 to 15 years, a range of special opportunities with The Royal Ballet School. This honorary award recognises that some children are not ready to live abroad, or do not have the means to do so, and acknowledges their ability by providing unique access to the School. Not only are they invited for selected weeks to train in The Royal Ballet School System of Training at White Lodge in Richmond Park, International Scholars are ambassadors, representing The Royal Ballet School internationally.
Scholars are dancers who, at the time of selection, are seen as having the potential to join the School. However, a place on the full-time programme will only be offered in future if a Scholar continues to maintain their high standards as a dancer and meets our admissions criteria. Although the intention is for a Scholar to join the Royal Ballet School the School cannot guarantee a full-time place in the future.
Takumi began dancing at the age of three and started his training at Kondo Ballet under the direction of his mother, Kurumi Mukai. From the age of eight, Takumi's natural talent became apparent and was especially recognised when he danced the main role in Kondo Ballet’s production of Peter and the Wolf.
Since 2013, Takumi has won 1st Place and Gold Medals in most of the well-known Japanese ballet competitions, including the NBA Ballet Competition, the Kawasaki Ballet Competition and both the Nippon and International Ballet Competitions held in Nagoya.
In 2016, Takumi was delighted to win both the Junior Classical and Contemporary Divisions of the Youth America Grand Prix, semi-finals in Osaka, Japan.