Intensive Courses FAQs

Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our Intensive Courses. If you have a question and can’t find an answer below, please email us at [email protected].

Intensive application opening and closing dates

Where can I find out the opening and closing dates of the Intensives?

You can find out the opening and closing dates of the Intensives on the Intensive courses page.



I have never danced before, are The Royal Ballet School Intensive courses suitable for me?

Our courses are designed for students who already have a good base and strong foundation relevant to their age. Students should be regularly attending classes and studying either a recognised syllabus or their dance school’s method of training. The courses are named ‘intensives’ due to the structure of studying four dance classes each day, tailored to suit each specific age group.

Age requirements

Spring Intensives

What age must a student be to apply for the Spring Intensive White Lodge?

The Spring Intensive White Lodge is for students aged 10 to 15 years old at the time of the course taking place.

What age must a student be to apply for the Spring Intensive Hong Kong?

The Spring Intensive Hong Kong is for students aged 10 to 18 years old at the time of the course taking place.

Summer Intensives

What age must a student be to apply for the Summer Intensive White Lodge?

Applicants are eligible to apply for courses applicable to their age as of 31 August 2021. The Summer Intensive White Lodge is for students aged 10 to 15 years old.

What age must a student be to apply for the Summer Intensive Upper School?

Applicants are eligible to apply for courses applicable to their age as of 31 August 2021. The Summer Intensive Upper School is for students aged 16 to 19 years old.

Winter Intensives

What age must a student be to apply for the Winter Intensives Japan and Korea?

The Winter Intensives Japan and Korea are for students aged 11 to 18 years old at the time of the course taking place.

All Intensives

My child is slightly younger than 10 but is very talented, can they still apply?

Our courses are not designed for students below the age of 10. Your child must be 10 at the time of the course taking place.

Selection criteria

How are students selected?

Students are selected from the photographs they submit. We would recommend seeking the guidance of the student’s dance teacher when taking photos to ensure the correct positions are achieved. Some places may have been awarded at competitions or other events at the discretion of our Artistic team.

Filling in the application form

How do I apply for the Intensive Courses?

Visit the Intensive Courses page and you will find a link to ‘apply now’ to each of the different courses. If a course is not yet open to applications you may be able to find an application opening date on this page.

Extra weeks

Can I apply for additional weeks at the Summer Intensives?

At White Lodge, dependent on your age, you can apply for a single one-week long course or a single, two-week long course during the five week Summer Intensive course period. For example, if applying for a one week intensive course, the same student cannot apply for week 1 and week 3, but should choose week 1 or week 3.

At Covent Garden you can apply for a, two-week, three-week or five-week long course.


Photograph requirements

What are the photograph requirements for Intensive Courses?

For information on our photograph requirements, click here.

My child is 12 years old but will be 13 years on 31 August 2021. Do I submit photos for my child aged 12 years or 13 years?

Please submit photographs following the guidelines for your child’s age as of 31 August 2021. A child born August 2007 would be 13 years on 31 August 2020 and would need to submit photos aged 13 years.

Can I change the photos on my child’s application form once I have submitted my application?

Once you have submitted your application we are unable to accept new photographs. If there are any issues when we come to view your photographs we will contact you.

Can I submit last year’s photographs for the next year’s application?

No. New photographs must be submitted with every application to assess the student’s current ability.

Do you accept video applications for Intensive Courses?

We do not accept video applications for our Intensive Courses.

Getting your results

When will the results be sent?

We aim to send the results by email four weeks after the application deadline. We can receive a high volume of applications close to the deadline and results may be sent just after four weeks, we thank you for your patience.

Financial assistance

Would I qualify for financial assistance if offered a place?

The School is currently able to offer means tested support to qualifying families for up to two consecutive weeks of Intensive Courses. Households with a gross income of £30,000 pa or under an award of 50% of the fees is available. Where the income is between £30,001 and £40,000 pa, an award of 30% of the fees is available. For households with a gross annual income of between £40,001 and £50,000 pa, an of award of 15% of the fees is available.. Find out more about our fees and financial assistance.

I do not believe I am eligible for financial assistance, however I cannot afford the fees. Is there any other financial help available?

If you are unsure of your eligibility, it is better to complete the financial assistance form including the required proof of earnings so that our finance team can check for you. We understand there may be individual special circumstances which we will consider if appropriate to do so.


Is it possible to audition during the Intensive courses?

During our UK Intensive courses, we do not hold auditions for the full-time training programme. If you wish to audition for the School, visit our Apply page.

In  Japan and Korea, we do deliver preliminary auditions for invitation to our final auditions held in London, during our Spring term. Find out more about auditioning for the School.


If an Intensive is cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, will my application fee be refunded?

All application fees are for administrative processing and are non-refundable.

If a face covering/mask is required in dance studios when taking application photos, will this be a problem?

We ask that at least one photo is taken without a mask if possible, for the purpose of identification. This could potentially be taken at home.

Boarding status

Will my child’s residential/non-residential status affect their eligibility for a place on the course?

No, students are assessed on their photo submissions only. If you requested a bed space and we do not have one available, you would need to arrange other accommodation should you wish them to take part. Your child would become a ‘day student’. We endeavour to fulfil all residential requests and will give sufficient notice if this is not possible.

If my child is successful in gaining a place on an Intensive, can I request they board with their friends?

We will endeavour where possible to accommodate boarding requests, however this is not always possible dependent on dorm and room capacities. The Intensive courses are an excellent opportunity for students to meet likeminded young dancers from all around the world.

My child is boarding for the first time and could be very homesick. What should I do?

We have a fully qualified pastoral team looking after the students. They will contact you immediately if they have concerns about your child and you will also be able to contact them. We do recommend you allow time for your child to settle in and adjust to boarding life and we also recommend, if possible, that he/she has practice runs of sleeping away from home prior to the course beginning.

Waiting lists

My child has been assigned to the waiting list, when will we find out whether a place has become available?

Should a place become available for your child on the course, we will contact you. We normally expect a few places to become available around six/eight weeks before the start of the course and to continue becoming available up until two weeks before the start of the course when we close the waiting list. Should you no longer wish for your child to remain on the waiting list, please notify us.

How many students are on the waiting list and where is my child on the waiting list?

We do not disclose this information. Should a place become available for your child, we will contact you.


Is it compulsory for non-UK based students to have a UK based guardian?

Yes. All students attending a UK Intensive must have a UK based guardian who we can contact in case of an emergency or if a circumstance results in a child having to leave the School premises. If you do not have family or friends in the UK who would be able to collect or house your child, there are professional guardian agencies who provide this service. A student cannot attend the course without a suitable guardian in place.

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