Senior Associate Programme

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Our Senior Associate programme is for girls and boys aged 14-15 who wish to take class with The Royal Ballet School, alongside their regular ballet classes.

Our Senior Associates are in School Years 9 and 10.

Classes run on Saturdays from September to July in London and Birmingham.

Senior Associate boys are encouraged to attend our London Centre where specialist boys’ classes are held.


  • Aged 14.00-15.11 by 31 August 2020 (apply in school years 9 or 10)
  • Demonstrable committment to the student of classical ballet
  • Girls must be en pointe
  • Ability to travel to either London or Birmingham on each Saturday of the academic year that a class is held

Classes include

  • Warm up
  • Barre work
  • Preparation for pirouettes
  • Port de bras
  • Allegro
  • Pointe work (girls)


  • 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


  • A developed understanding of 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