Pre-vocational Course

Applications for 2024-25 are now CLOSED

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.


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 Pointe
12:30-13:00 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.


Weekly sessions during term time, September 2024 – July 2025


Rambert School, St Margarets Drive, Twickenham


£300/term (paid termly, in instalments)


Bursaries are available to cover 25-75% of the course fee for UK residents whose household income is under £42,875 per annum. If you receive FREE SCHOOL MEALS you will automatically receive a 75% bursary for the course. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for a bursary upon being offered a place. Bursaries are offered on a sliding scale in relation to household income. 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 are also encouraged to apply. Students will be invited to audition based on their application and personal statement. Rambert School’s decision is final. Students who are not currently en pointe are 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 2024.


The three 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.


Saturday 8 June 2024, 10.00-13.00
Saturday 8 June 2024, 14.00-17.00
Saturday 15 June 2024, 10.00-13.00
Saturday 15 June 2024, 14.00-17.00


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