Pre-Vocational Course

A year-long Ballet and Contemporary training and performance programme for students preparing to apply for vocational dance training.

This course is designed for talented dance students who wish to pursue 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, 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 weekly training sessions will support students’ individual training needs and help in accessing performance and creative qualities in pressured environments such as auditions and performances. Creative projects and performances will support the programme.

Entry into the year-long training programme is through an application and workshop-based audition process.

Applications for 2022-23 will open in late Spring, and auditions will be held in the Summer term 2022.


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 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.

Students will be taught by  guest teachers on occasion. An experienced dance artist 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 and at external venues across the year. Some of these performances will take place during weekday evenings.

There will also be opportunities to attend degree-programme performances at Rambert School.


10:00-11:45 Ballet
11:45-12:30 Ladies’ Pointe
12:30-13:00 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 dependent on projects and performances.

TERM DATES 2021-22

Saturdays: 11th September – 4th December (half term 23rd October)

Saturdays: 8th January – 2nd April (half term 19th February)

Saturdays: 23rd April – 16th July (half term 28th May)


Rambert School, St Margarets Drive, Twickenham


£300/term (paid termly, in instalments)


Bursaries are available to cover 25-75% of the course fee. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for a bursary upon being offered a place. Bursaries are offered based on household income on a sliding scale. 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 in either ballet OR contemporary dance. Students with more experience in only one style will also be considered. Students will be invited to audition based on their application and personal statement. Rambert School’s decision is final. Students who are not currently on pointe are also welcome to apply.

To be considered, students must be at least 14 years old (school year 10) and no older than 20 years old on 1st September 2021.


The two hour audition will include a ballet class, some pointe work (if you are currently working on pointe), a contemporary class and creative work. You will meet the pre-vocational course team and have the opportunity to find out more about the course. You can select your preferred date and time on the application form.

A number of COVID-19 secure measures will be in place and we will contact applicants regarding these.

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed.

For questions, please email


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