We are looking for talented young dancers with a passion for classical ballet

The Royal Ballet School holds auditions across the UK and internationally.

Applications for our full-time and Mid/Senior/Advanced Associate programmes open in September each year and close in November. Auditions take place in the Spring term. All auditions are for courses which start the following September.

Applications for our Junior Associate programme open in January each year and close in March. Auditions are held in the Summer term and are for courses which start in September.

All applications received by the closing dates will be offered an audition class. Applicants are invited to audition together in age appropriate classes which last 1h15 to 1h30 or for Junior Associate auditions 1hr.

Intensive Courses

Our Intensive Courses applications open in September and do not require an audition. Please visit our Apply - Intensive Courses page for more details.

International auditions

Find out more about our international auditions and international and EEA video applications.

Full-time training - White Lodge and Upper School


Audition type Current status Applications for 2020 re-open  Applications for 2020 close
UK preliminary audition 2020 - in person (ages 11-18) CLOSED Late September 2019 tbc
USA preliminary audition 2020 - in person (ages 12-18)

Video preliminary 2020 (international students only, ages 11-18 )





Late September 2019



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Associate Programme


Training course Current status Applications open(ed) Application deadline
Junior Associates
2019 (ages 8-10)
CLOSED 22 January 2020 tbc
Mid Associates
2019 (ages 11-13)
CLOSED Late September 2019 tbc  


Senior Associates
2019 (ages 14-15)
CLOSED Late September 2019 tbc  


Advanced Associates
2019 (ages 16-17)
CLOSED Late September 2019 tbc  


Photo and video requirements

For some of our courses you will need to submit photographs or videos to support your application. Find out more about photo and video requirements.

Audition dates

Visit our audition dates page to find out when and where our auditions are.

Please note we now offer preliminary auditions in countries outside the UK. Please check our international auditions page for more details.

Associate Programme and Audition Livestream Q&A