Junior Associate Programme

Brian Slater

Our Junior Associate programme is for girls and boys aged 8 to 10 who wish to take class with The Royal Ballet School, alongside their regular ballet classes.

Classes run from September to July at nine centres around the UK, in London, Birmingham, Bath, Dundee, Eastleigh (Southampton), Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Totnes. All classes are held on Saturdays with the exception of our Manchester classes, which run on Fridays and Sundays and our Dundee classes, which run on Sundays.

Please visit our Apply page to find out how to apply to the Programme.

Become a Junior Associate


  • English students aged 8.00-10.11 by 31 August 2020 - may apply in 2020 while in current school years 3, 4 and 5
  • Scottish students may apply in 2020 while in current Scottish school years P4, P5 and P6
  • No specific experience - we recommend speaking to your child's dance teacher if you are unsure
  • Ability to travel to your nearest Associate centre each Saturday of the academic year that a class is held

Classes include

  • Warm up
  • Barre work
  • Preparation for pirouettes
  • Port de bras


  • 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 try to 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

Associate Programme and Audition Livestream Q&A

Meet alumni of the Junior Associate Programme

Latest photos

Junior Associate La Fille Mal Gardee Workshop 2017

Junior Associate Historical dance workshop 2017