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Millions of people all around the world at least one time have heard about such kind of art like ballet. But, unfortunately, not all of them know the truth…That stays behind the great performances.

The Royal Ballet

The School
A school is the bedrock of any company, nurturing as it does the dancers and choreographers of the future. Dame Ninette de Valois
The Royal Ballet School is one of the world
s greatest centres of classical ballet training which for generations has produced dancers and choreographers of international renown, including Margot Fonteyn, Anya Linden, Kenneth MacMillan, Lynn Seymour, David Wall, Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, Marguerite Porter, Stephen Jefferies, Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope.And now theres a new generation making its mark on the world stage, all of whom trained at the Royal Ballet School Lauren Cuthbertson, Steven McRae, Edward Watson, Christopher Wheeldon and Liam Scarlett to name but a few.Admission to the School is based purely on talent and potential, regardless of academic ability or personal circumstances, and 89% of current students rely on financial support to attend the School.The School offers an eight-year carefully structured dance course, aligned with an extensive academic programme, giving the students the best possible education to equip them for a career in the world of dance.
Our mission is to train and educate outstanding classical ballet dancers for The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and other top international dance companies, and in doing so to set the standards in dance training, nationally and internationally.


We aim to:
Provide artistic and academic training of the highest possible calibre, offering all students of the School a positive learning experience which is constantly monitored for potential improvement
Provide that training in a caring and nurturing environment
Achieve recognised accreditation for the vocational curriculum
Offer students as many performing opportunities as possible


Respect the past, herald the future, but concentrate on the present. Dame Ninette de Valois

Founding of the School

The School was founded in 1926, when Dame Ninette de Valois opened her Academy of Choreographic Art. Inspired to create a repertory ballet company and school, she collaborated with Lilian Baylis, lessee and Manager of the Old Vic Theatre. When Lilian Baylis acquired the Sadler
s Wells Theatre, de Valois moved the School there in 1931 and it became The Vic-Wells Ballet School feeding dancers into The Vic-Wells Ballet Company. In 1939 the school was renamed The Sadlers Wells Ballet School and the Company became The Sadlers Wells Ballet.
Move to Covent Garden
In 1946 The Sadler
s Wells ballet moved to a permanent home at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. A second company was formed, The Sadlers Wells Theatre Ballet. In 1947 the School moved from Sadlers Wells Theatre to Barons Court and general education was combined with vocational ballet training. The first five younger years of the School moved to White Lodge, Richmond Park in 1955/56 and became residential, combining general education and vocational ballet training. The final three years of study for more senior continued to be based at Barons Court.
A Royal Charter
The Royal Charter was granted in October 1956 and the School and companies were renamed The Royal Ballet School, The Royal Ballet and the Sadler
s Wells Royal Ballet (later renamed Birmingham Royal Ballet following its move there in 1990). From that time the School has become both the leading classical ballet school in the United Kingdom earning government support and an international institution which attracts the very best ballet students worldwide. The calibre of students graduating from the school is self-evident see our list of notable alumni. In January 2003 the Barons Court campus moved to new premises in Floral Street, alongside Londons Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The state-of-the-art studios are now linked to The Royal Ballet by the award winning Bridge of Aspiration, fulfilling Dame Ninettes dream to have Company and School side by side in the centre of London.

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