Mid Associate Programme

Mid associates

Our Mid Associate Programme is for students aged 11-13 who wish to take class at The Royal Ballet School, alongside their regular ballet classes.

Our Mid Associates are in School Years 7, 8 and 9.

Classes run from September to June at five centres around the UK, in London, Birmingham, Bath, Edinburgh and Manchester (Stockport). All classes are held on Saturdays with the exception of our Edinburgh centre, which run on Sundays.

Those who select Mid, Senior and Advanced Associate male training are encouraged to attend our London Centre where specialist male training classes are held.


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

Classes include

  • Body conditioning
  • Barre work
  • Centre work including pirouettes
  • Allegro
  • Pre-pointe work strengthening and pointe-work (female training)


  • 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.


  • Aged 11-13 by 31 August 2024 (apply in school years 6, 7, 8)
  • Demonstrable commitment to the study of ballet
  • Ability to travel to your nearest Associate centre each day that classes are run during the academic year.

How to apply

Applications for our Full-time and Mid/Senior/Advanced Associate programmes open in September and close in October. Auditions take place from November to January. All auditions are for courses which start the following September. You can apply for our Full-time and Mid/Senior/Advanced Associate programmes in the same application.

All applications received by the closing dates will be offered an audition class. Our auditions are held at our centres in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Eastleigh, Bath, Totnes and London.

Please visit our Auditions page to find out how to apply to the programme.

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