Pre-Vocational Course

Ballet and contemporary training and performance opportunities for students preparing to apply for vocational dance training.

This course is designed for talented dance students who are considering pursuing a career in dance. The course offers focused technical ballet and contemporary dance training aimed at developing strong technique, alongside supplemental classes in pointe work, boys coaching, conditioning and improvisation. The course aims to provide experience of and insight into dance training at a vocational level and support students interested in focusing equally on both ballet and contemporary technique. Dancers will be taught by experienced teachers and dance artists working, teaching and performing in the UK.

The class will support students’ individual training needs and help in accessing performance and creative qualities in pressured environments such as auditions and performances.


Ballet, pointe and coaching classes will explore classical technique to deepen students’ physical understanding of the form, strengthen technical skills and develop musicality and expressivity.

Through a strong grounding in Cunningham technique, and with reference to elements of release techniques, contemporary classes will develop a strong physical understanding of contemporary dance forms in addition to exploring tools and structures for improvisation.

Once a term, students will be taught by a guest teacher, an experienced dance artist who will visit the course to share their approach and teaching style.


Students on the Pre-Vocational Course will have the opportunity to perform in Rambert School’s studio theatre during the year, as part of End of Term performances. Some of these performances will take place during weekday evenings.

There will also be opportunities to attend degree-programme performances at Rambert School, in addition to one trip to watch a professional dance show in a London theatre.


10:00-11:20 Ballet
11:30-12:10 Ladies’ Pointe
12:20-13:00 Men’s Coaching
13:30-15:00 Contemporary
15:15-16:30 Creative Workshops/Rehearsals

*Though start and finish times will remain the same, the daily schedule may change on certain weeks.

TERM DATES 2017-18

Saturdays: 16th September – 25th November
(no classes 21st October)

Saturdays: 6th January – 17th March
(no classes 10th February)

Saturdays: 21st April – 30th June
(no classes 26th May)


Rambert School, St Margarets Drive, Twickenham


£300/term (paid termly, in instalments)

Bursaries to cover part of the course fee are available. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for a bursary upon being offer a place. Travel bursaries will also be available. If you have any questions about bursaries, please contact us.


This course is suitable for students with at least 2 years’ dance experience with a strong technical dance level, in both ballet and contemporary. Students with more experience in only one style will also be considered. Students will be selected based on their application, personal statement and submitted photos. Rambert School’s decision is final.

To be considered, students must be at least 15 years old and no older than 20 year old on 1st September 2017.


We are no longer accepting applications for 2017-18.

Information on the application process for 2018-19 entry will be available on our website this Spring.

If you have any other questions, please be in touch.

For questions, please email