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How to Apply

Find out how to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Find everything you need to know about the process for each course and where to find an application form. A detailed overview of the audition process can be found on our dedicated audition page here. We also offer digital applications and details can be found here.

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance welcomes applications from all dancers and offers places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for a career in the profession for FD/BA and MA courses. We can provide additional support for all courses at audition or upon being offered a place financially, with mental health support, language support or physical support. Therefore we encourage prospective applicants to disclose any impairment or condition so that we can best support them throughout the process.

Choose the course you’re interested in below and find links to the application form, audition dates, policies and an overview of the entry requirements.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have turned 16 years by 1st September in the year of entry.

Overseas students are required to achieve at least a Level B1 in one of the English testing systems recognised by the UKVI.

Two stage audition process following successful application.

When do applications open each year?

Applications open in October each year.

When are auditions held?

Auditions are split by gender and held each year in January through to March in the UK for September entry. There is a two-stage audition process.

Overseas auditions are generally in December or February, more information can be found on the overseas page.

How long does the process take?

Auditionees will be advised if they have been successful at the first stage audition within 48 hours of the audition.

Second stage auditions will take place at the end of March in the UK.

All applicants attending the final audition will receive information on whether they have been successful or not no later than a week after their audition.

Application form needed:

When applications open for 21/22 we will add a link here.


There is a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of £50. This fee covers the cost of processing the application and is not refundable if an audition offer is not made.

A small number of audition fee waivers are available to UK residents looking to apply to one of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama schools.

Audition overview:

  • Accompanying parents/guardians are invited for a tour of the School once the audition has started (approximately 9:30AM for AM audition and 2:30PM for PM audition). At 1:30PM, the Principal, Amanda Britton, will give a short talk open to all auditionees and accompanying parents/guardians. (Approximate timings).

First round Audition:

    • 1-hour Ballet class
    • Pointe work (for dancers with previous pointe experience)
    • 1-hour Contemporary Dance class, including a creative task
    •  Performance of a pre-prepared solo (select auditionees only) Auditionees should prepare a solo to perform to the panel. The solo should be a maximum of 1 minute and will preferably be your own choreography (not classical repertoire). It is suggested that for the second round you work on and perform the same solo from your first audition.
    • A physical assessment (select auditionees only)
    • An interview (select auditionees only)

Second round Audition:

Find out more about auditions for Rambert School on our dedicated audition page.
Audition Content

  • 1-hour Ballet class
  • Pointe work ( for dancers with previous pointe experience)
  • 1-hour Contemporary Dance class, including a creative work/improvisation
  • Performance of a pre-prepared solo (select auditionees only)
  • A physical assessment (select auditionees only)
  • An interview (select auditionees only)


When do applications open each year?

Applications opened for this new MA course in July 2020 and closed on 1st September 2020. We will accept and consider late applications.

Entry requirements

Admission to the programme is via a two-stage admissions process and candidates must meet all Entry Criteria and then complete Stage 1 of the application in order to progress to Stage 2 of the process.

When are interviews/next stage of the application process held?

We will be holding interviews for successful candidates in September 2020.

Information needed for the application form:

Personal statement – 500 words covering

  • Career – Artistic, educational, performance achievements
  • Experience – Professional roles you have undertaken, in performance, teaching, etc.
  • Reasons for applying for this programme

The application form also includes an equal opportunities section and requests personal details and education and work experience.

Application process and form.

Register your interest by contacting the Postgrad team on

Stage 1 of the application process is the completion of an application form, found here, personal statement and either a reflective report or undergraduate essay.

Stage 2 will involve an interview in person or digitally. We are flexible to your requirements.

For detailed information on how to apply for the MA Dance Research see Apply to MA Dance Research for Professional Practitioners. 

Fees: £4000 per year of the 2 year part-time programme. Bursaries are available for the first cohort with 25% off per year available. We can also direct you to apply for postgraduate loans.

Read more:

Find out more about the course content on the MA Dance Research page and apply for the course here.


Applications for MA Professional Dance Performance | Rambert2 are now closed for 2020.

The two routes to apply/audition

You can audition for a place on the MA Professional Dance Performance Programme (view more details here) delivered by Rambert School in partnership with Rambert. Following course completion you will receive a Masters Award as well as having the same touring performance opportunities as part of Rambert2.

Alternatively, you can apply for direct membership through Rambert to be part of the Rambert2 ensemble, but you will not be working towards a Masters award. International applicants from outside of the UK/EU/EEA should apply for a direct membership place and a visa may be required as they are not eligible for student status.

FAQs for the application process – answered

  • The online application requires a personal statement including your background and interests. 800 words max.
  • There is a £20 administration fee for your application, terms are available on the Rambert website. Financial assistance is also available.
  • On the day you need to bring a one page CV and headshot (recognisable passport photo is acceptable)
  • Full audition details will be emailed to you.
  • Auditions will be held in London.
  • You have access to a warm up area 30 mins before your audition start time.
  • Familiarise yourself with Rambert2 recent repertoire before your audition.

Further details on the Rambert2 auditions for 2020 are available on the Rambert website Rambert2 Auditions.


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