White Lodge Summer Intensive

COVID-19 information

Please note: While we currently expect this course to go ahead in 2021, it is subject to change based on the prevailing UK COVID-19 guidance.

The Royal Ballet School Summer Intensive at White Lodge offers full-time training in classical ballet over the summer holiday.

The White Lodge Summer Intensive is open to dancers aged 10 to 13 years old and 14 to 15 years old.

The White Lodge residential and non-residential courses are based at The Royal Ballet School in Richmond, London.

Dance classes are held in purpose built, spacious dance studios and accommodation is in onsite dormitories. There are beautiful gardens which students may use during supervised rest time, along with the use of the tennis court. Participants also have access to our healthcare facilities and staff including physiotherapists and counsellors.

Students cover a variety of dance styles during their training. Classes will include:

  • Ballet
  • Variations
  • Repertoire
  • Creative
  • Character

Online applications

Our 2021 Summer Intensive courses are expected to run as planned, starting on 12 July 2021.

More information about the courses and how to apply will be published here in September 2020.


The course is offered on a residential or non-residential basis. For more information on Summer Intensive fees, please visit our fees page.

A typical day at White Lodge Summer Intensives

The majority of Summer Intensive students are residential, although there are a few non-residential places on the same course for students who live within easy commuting distance. It is recommended that you only select the non-residential option if you are certain that accommodation and daily travel can be arranged, as it is not possible to change this option once places and beds have been allocated. All residential students are provided with duvets and pillows, included in the course fees. Sheets and duvet/pillow cases must be supplied by the parent/guardian.

During their stay, students are cared for by experienced and friendly Royal Ballet School house staff who are always on hand. A qualified nurse and physiotherapist are also on duty during the day should a medical matter arise.



Full board is offered with healthy hot and cold meals, with vegetarian and special dietary requirements catered for on request. Lunch, mid-morning and afternoon refreshments are provided for all students, including the non-residential students.

The day starts with a wake-up call at 7.30am, followed by breakfast.

Non-residential students arrive by 8.30am to prepare for class.

The first class begins at 9.30am, following an assembly with pastoral staff at 9.10am.

There are two short breaks each day and a lunch break from 12.45-2pm.

Afternoon classes finish at 5pm.

Non-residential students are then collected after their final class of the day, although some choose to remain at School until 8pm to participate in organised evening activities.

Dinner is from 5.30-6.30pm and there are evening activities held from 7pm each evening. These may include BBQ, quiz or movie nights.

Students may also have the opportunity to attend either a West End theatre production or an open top tour bus trip of London.

Students are back in their dormitories by 9pm, with lights out at 9.30pm.

On the final day of the courses, parents and guardians are invited to watch their child in classes from 2.30-5pm and gain an insight in to their child’s time at the Summer Intensive.