The Royal Ballet School has promoted mutually beneficial partnerships with other secondary schools. As part of this, we currently offer Secondary Insight Days and have previously run The Advance Project, a unique and exciting project involving creative and social exchange between students of The Royal Ballet School and mainstream secondary schools.
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.
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.