Advanced Associate Programme

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Our Advanced Associate programme is designed for students aged 16-17 who wish to take a programme of weekend classes with The Royal Ballet School, alongside their regular ballet classes.

Classes run on Saturdays from September to July at The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden.


  • Aged 16.00-17.11 by 31 August 2021 (apply in school years 11 and 12)
  • Demonstrable commitment to the study of classical ballet. Girls must be en pointe
  • Ability to travel to The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden, each Saturday of the academic year that a class is held

Classes include

  • Body Conditioning
  • Barre work
  • Centre work
  • Allegro
  • Pointe work (girls)
  • Repertoire


  • The School aims to invite all Associate students to attend one pre-general rehearsal at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden during the year

  • In addition, we invite students to attend a workshop held at the Upper School to enhance their training

  • Occasionally, Associates are asked to take part in productions by The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and visiting companies


  • An introduction to The Royal Ballet School System of Training
  • Enhanced ballet training with the view to a full-time vocational education
  • Dance with students of a similar age who share the same passion and drive for a career in dance
  • The creation of life long friendships
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