Audition dates and venues

Brian Slater

All applicants to our full-time training courses and our Associate programmes are offered an audition

Applications for full-time training as well as Mid, Senior and Advanced Associates have now closed and will reopen in September 2019. Applications for Junior Associates are also closed, and will reopen in January 2020.

Full-time training auditions 2019

Applications for full-time training are now closed and will reopen in September 2019.

UK preliminary auditions for full-time training will be held in Bath, Birmingham, London and Manchester in January and February 2019.

Final auditions for applicants who are successful at the preliminary stage are held in London in February and March 2020.

Associate auditions 2019

Applications for Junior, Mid, Senior and Advanced Associates have now closed. Applications for Mid, Senior and Advanced Associates re-open in September for entry the following year. Applications for Junior Associates open in mid January for entry that same year.

Junior Associate auditions are held in May at our centres in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Eastleigh, Bath, Totnes, London and our new centre Dundee.

Mid, Senior and Advanced Associate candidates are invited to attend a preliminary audition in January or February.

Audition dates



Newcastle Tuesday 30 April 2019
Birmingham 1 Thursday 2 May (10/9 year-olds)
Birmingham 2 Friday 3 May (9/8 year-olds)
Manchester 1 Wednesday 8 May (10/9 year-olds)
Manchester 2 Thursday 9 May (9/8 year-olds)
Leeds 1 Friday 10 May - THIS DATE IS NOW CANCELLED
Eastleigh Monday 13 May
Leeds 2 Friday 17 May (all Leeds candidates)
Bath Wednesday 22 & Thursday* 23 May  (new date added to accommodate all applicants)
Totnes Friday 24 May
London 1 Tuesday 28 May - 10 year-old girls (i.e. in current Year5)
London 2 Wednesday 29 May - 9 year-old girls (i.e. current Year4)
London 3 Thursday 30 May - all boys & some 9/8 year-old girls (boys in current Years3,4,5)
London 4 Friday 31 May - 8 year-old girls (i.e. in current Year3)
Dundee Wednesday 5 June

Please note, venues with more than one date will have the day allocated according to age following the provisional guidelines above when possible, however class allocation is dependant on numbers of applications received from each age-group with exact numbers only known after the close date - invitations to audition will be emailed out in April and will give you confirmed dates and class times.

Class allocation is conditional on the age-range of applicants received at the application close date, which can vary year on year.

Video auditions 2019

Video application forms for 2020 entry will open in September 2019

International and EEA applicants who do not live in the UK* may submit a video audition as preliminary stage audition instead of attending a preliminary in person (full-time course applications only).

*Exceptions: a video application is also an option for candidates living in Scotland and Ireland if preferred.

Video applicants apply using our online application form and selecting the Video option.  Always prepare and film your video before completing the application form.

All video applications must include photos and fee payment together with the uploaded video link and all must be submitted together by the closing deadline.

Video submissions are all are viewed by the head of the preliminary selection panel and given equal consideration to those attending in person.

An overseas applicant may attend one of our scheduled UK auditions in person if preferred but please note that The Royal Ballet School cannot supply visa support documents for this purpose.

Video auditions are only accepted for Associate entry by specific arrangement, please email your request prior to completing a video application. However, as we accept video applications for full-time candidates living in Scotland and Ireland if unable to attend in person, we will also consider an Associate application by video link if you currently live in Scotland or Ireland.

Any applicant successful at video/preliminary stage for full-time training will be invited to London to attend a final audition in person during March.

Check our video requirements.

Other opportunities to audition

We offer a range of international audition opportunities as well as auditions held at our annual intensive courses. The School will also continue to recruit students at selected competitions that align with our own teaching ethics, best practice and that we consider to have healthy and age-appropriate criteria.

Our 2018/19 international auditions took place in Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and the USA.

2019/20 dates will be posted here as they are confirmed.



Hong Kong - April 2019 - As part of the Spring Intensive. Applications have now closed.

America - Date and venue tbc.

Please keep checking this tab as this list will be updated as and when new opportunities are confirmed


IBStage Grand Prix, Barcelona - 21-24 February 2019 CONFIRMED

Asian Grand Prix Preliminaries, Osaka - 26-27 April 2019 CONFIRMED