Student development

The Creative Artist Programme

– Sponsored by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust

This is a new initiative designed to provide a broader and more rounded education for our dancers to prepare them for the ever increasing demands of being a professional dancer. To produce not only dancers of the highest technical capability, but also ones who are versatile, creative and have the ability to portray emotion, drama and feeling on stage. We aim to broaden horizons, generate new ideas, encourage creative risk-taking and ultimately the development of the ‘whole’ person.

The programme comprises several elements.

  • Stagecraft lessons/workshops - teaching the students how to develop a role and express themselves clearly on stage
  • Guest Teachers – an expansion of the already successful guest-teachers’ programme. The students benefit immeasurably from being exposed to different teaching and performance styles
  • Guest Speakers – a series of talks/workshops by challenging and inspirational speakers who have achieved excellence within their field
  • Alumni – speaking about their careers, sharing the highs and lows of a dancer’s life, the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Also alumni who have chosen, or gone on to pursue other careers
  • International tours and exchanges
  • Outings – to galleries, museums, theatres, concerts

Sponsorship of this invaluable programme has also been received from: Christopher Gorman-Evans,  Anthony and Irene Newton, Kevin and Olga Senior.

Sponsor our Guest Teacher Programme

Our students are taught The Royal Ballet School’s unique system of training. It is however, essential to the artistic development of a young dancer to be exposed to the widest possible range of teaching and performance styles.

The School works with some of the finest teachers and coaches in the world, all eager to share their expertise with our students.

2016-2017 Guest Teachers:  

  • Patrick Armand – Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet School – November 21 - December 2
  • Monique Loudieres – former Principal with Paris Opera Ballet – October 3-15
  • Laurence Korsenti – Former Principal Dutch National Ballet – October 10-14
  • Maina Gielgud – Artistic Director of Hungarian National Ballet/Former Artistic Director of Australian Ballet – October 31-November 11
  • Ethan Stiefel – Former American Ballet Theatre Principal and Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet – January 31-February 10

Royal Ballet Principal Dancers also regularly augment the School’s artistic faculty.

The Guest Teacher Programme requires on-going financial support to cover fees, airfares and accommodation for the teachers. Its scope and success depends entirely on our Sponsors’ support.

Guest Teacher Sponsors receive:

  • Opportunities to watch classes given by the Guest Teacher
  • Inclusion in any media releases relating to the programme
  • Invitations to Royal Ballet School events throughout the year
  • Tickets to the Summer Performance at Opera Holland Park and the Royal Opera House
  • Grateful acknowledgement on the School’s website and in its Annual Report
  • Encore – The Royal Ballet School’s biannual e-newsletter

 

Sponsorship of a guest teacher is between £4,000 and £6,000.

Sponsor our International tours and exchanges

 

We aim to offer the graduate year students an opportunity to perform overseas, sharing the expertise and reputation of the School with the rest of the world. This is particularly valuable for students on the brink of their professional careers, to hone their performance skills.

The School runs exchange programmes with other vocational ballet schools, designed to give students first-hand experience of the training systems and performance styles of other great schools and the benefit of training with other high-achieving students.

2016-2017 Tours / Exchanges

  • Paris Opera Ballet School - October 2016
  • American Ballet Theatre Studio Company – February 2017 – Sponsored by Ricki Gail Conway
  • National Ballet School of Canada’s Assemblée Internationale – May 2017

Tours and exchanges are only made possible with financial support to cover airfares, visas, accommodation, ground transport, staffing, theatre costs and additional expenses.

Tour and exchange sponsors receive:

  • The opportunity to attend classes or rehearsals at The Royal Ballet School prior to the students leaving
  • VIP tickets to a preview performance in London
  • Acknowledgement in the printed tour programme
  • An agreed number of tickets to the overseas performances
  • Inclusion in any media releases or promotional material relating to the tour
  • Invitations to Royal Ballet School events throughout the year
  • Tickets to the Summer Performances at Opera Holland Park and the Royal Opera House
  • Grateful acknowledgement on the School’s website and in its Annual Report
  • Encore – The Royal Ballet School’s biannual e-newsletter

If you are interested in sponsoring the professional development of our students, please contact:

Head of Development and Communications

+44 (0) 20 7845 7070

development@royalballetschool.org.uk