Entry to the School is by application and audition. There is a one-time, non-refundable administration fee of £45. This fee covers the cost of processing the application and is not refundable if an audition offer is not made.
Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance welcomes applications from disabled people and offers places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for a career in the profession. You are encouraged to disclose any impairment or condition (for example, dyslexia, a physical, sensory or mental health condition) at the earliest opportunity so that we can endeavour to meet your needs at audition and during the course. All applicants, who meet the criteria for entry to the School, will be invited to audition.
The School does not hold open days; however we do run small group tours, these are currently held on a Tuesday and Thursday during term time. If you would like to book a place on a tour please contact the school office. Additionally, if your application is successful and you are invited to audition, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to take a tour of the school on the audition day. There is also a talk by the Principal on this day, and an opportunity to ask any questions.
Formal audition dates are offered every year. These auditions consist of a Ballet class (with pointe work for the women) and a Contemporary Dance session for all applicants. Some auditionees will be asked to perform a solo. Some will be given a physical check-up and interview. Prospective students and their parents will have the opportunity to talk to the Principal, Dr Ross McKim, following the audition.
Alternatively, students who are resident outside the UK may submit a DVD audition with their application form and this should include: why you are auditioning (approximately 1 minute), barre work (approximately 20 minutes), selection of centre practice (up to 15 minutes), a contemporary dance sequence (5 minutes) and a short ballet or contemporary solo. Ladies ballet work should display your command of Pointe work.
Audition fee waiver
A small number of free audition places are available to UK residents looking to apply to one of the Conservatoire schools. For further details please refer to the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama website. Conservatoire for Dance and Drama – Auditions