Preparation for a Career after Dance

Here at The Royal Ballet School, we take a holistic approach to the development of our students as people, as well as dancers. This includes the introduction of planning for a career after dance.

We carry this out in partnership with Dancers' Career Development, making the subject of career transition a formal part of our full-time students' curriculum.

Dancers’ Career Development works with students in the final three years of study at The Royal Ballet School (ages 16 to 19). They are given an Introduction to Transition in Year One and in Year Two, where students participate in visits to Dancers’ Career Development beneficiaries working in diverse careers. They have the opportunity to meet and network with current and former professional dancers, including some of Dancers’ Career Development’s 1,800 beneficiaries.

In the 3rd Year, students learn about the practicalities of Transition and the Transition Support Services provided by Dancers’ Career Development.

This unprecedented initiative supports dance students at a key time in their personal development. Our students are encouraged to consider a wider view of the world around them and to recognise the transferable skills they have developed through their training with us.