Secondary school partnerships

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The Royal Ballet School believes in promoting partnerships with other secondary schools, to benefit both the young people visiting as well as our own students. As part of this, we offer Secondary Insight Days and run The Advance Project.

We believe that every child and young person is entitled to try dance as part of a wider cultural education and our outreach work is designed to introduce the art form of classical ballet to young people in a creative and dynamic way.

The Advance Project

The Advance Project is a unique and exciting opportunity for our students to work with young people from local secondary schools on a project where they explore elements of ballet and create and perform new work together. The project provides the opportunity for creative and social exchange by working collaboratively. It culminates in the creation of a joint dance performance piece for approximately 50 young dancers, presented in one of The Royal Ballet School’s theatres.

The Advance Project can contribute toward Bronze Arts Award through participation in physical activity, discussion and improving personal arts practice.

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Previous years


For The Advance Project 2017/18, our students worked in partnership with Harris Academy, Tottenham.

Take a look through photos from the project:
The Advance Project performance


Year 10 students worked in partnership with students at Friern Barnet School in North London to create a joint piece for performance.

Visit to Friern Barnet School

The Advance Project 2017 - Visit to Friern Barnet School

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The Advance Project rehearsal


Friday 18 March 2016 saw the culmination of The Advance Project 2016, with two performances at White Lodge. Over eleven weeks of the spring term, choreographer, Bim Malcomson worked with Year 10 students at White Lodge and Year 9 and 10 students at Dagenham Park Church of England School to create a joint piece for 42 dancers, using aspects of classical ballet as a creative tool.

Through a mixture of separate and joint rehearsals, the students developed their own dance material under Bim’s expertise and guidance. The result was an exhilarating and humorous piece of choreography that showcased the talents of both sets of students and brought them together in a creative, social and cultural exchange.

Dagenham Park Church of England School is a mixed comprehensive school in Dagenham, Essex, committed to developing each individual, nurturing their talents and aspirations in order to develop confident young people who are ready for the challenges of adult life in the modern world.

The school strives to inspire learners to excellence, stretching them academically and harnessing their creative energies so that they can make a full contribution to the school, wider community and beyond.

For more information, visit their website.