International Scholars Programme

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The Royal Ballet School’s International Scholars Programme identifies exceptional talent in young ballet students who live outside of the United Kingdom.

This exclusive programme offers a select number of gifted students, aged 11 to 15 years, a range of special opportunities. This honorary award recognises that some children are not ready to live abroad, or do not have the means to do so, and acknowledges their ability by providing unique access opportunities.

For selected weeks, we invite International Scholars to train in The Royal Ballet School System of Training at White Lodge, Richmond Park. Our International Scholars are also ambassadors, representing The Royal Ballet School internationally.

Find out more about the selection and benefits of the International Scholars programme.

Meet our International Scholars

Beatriz Cardoso

Elise Cho

Sophia Hudson

Arjan Jayawardena

Isabella Kulmer

Madison Penney

Suzie Pevel

Chelsea Potter

Edoardo Savini

Isabella Shaker

Lea Ellul Sullivan

Mao Takeda

Lily Turner

Tia Wenkman

Previous International Scholars


Takumi Miyake

Takumi began dancing at the age of three and started his training at Kondo Ballet under the direction of his mother, Kurumi Mukai. From the age of eight, Takumi's natural talent became apparent and was especially recognised when he danced the main role in Kondo Ballet’s production of Peter and the Wolf.

Since 2013, Takumi has won 1st Place and Gold Medals in most of the well-known Japanese ballet competitions, including the NBA Ballet Competition, the Kawasaki Ballet Competition and both the Nippon and International Ballet Competitions held in Nagoya.

In 2016, Takumi was delighted to win both the Junior Classical and Contemporary Divisions of the Youth America Grand Prix, semi-finals in Osaka, Japan.

On being named Royal Ballet School International Scholar, Takumi said:

'I am so thrilled and honored to be selected an International Scholar! I want to keep working hard every day because I am aware that there are so many talented people in the world. I am also looking forward to making new friends when I visit White Lodge and hope to dance with them at the Royal Opera House.

I just enjoy dancing so much and hope one day to invite everyone to come see me dance who has supported me to make this dream come true.'

Takumi started his training at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, in September 2017