There are a number of ways you can support Rambert School.
If you are passionate about supporting the future of dance, we would love to hear from you. We are excited to tell you more about the work we do and why we have an international reputation for excellence in dance training.
This is a challenging time for all, including many in our sector, and our priority is and always will be our students and their well-being and welfare. 65% of our students already receive vital help through our student bursary fund which can be imperative in enabling them to train. The risk is that the financial stresses on the students caused by the current situation may prevent a significant number returning to complete their training.
We have set up a COVID-19 Hardship Emergency Fund to provide urgent cash bursaries to the students at this time. This can be used to help with fees, living costs, flights and even purchase of laptops, the last of which is going to be crucial with so much of their learning now being delivered online.
Celebrating 100 years of Rambert School.
Fuelled by innovation and creativity, Rambert School plays a key part in the professional dance sector. Our finely-tuned curriculum, inspirational teaching and the talent and individuality of our students makes us a world leading centre for dance training. We are the only school in the UK to focus equally on classical ballet and contemporary dance, ensuring we give our students a sound technical training and that we produce industry ready dancers and choreographers.
In the past five years we have undergone a rapid period of change, both cementing the core philosophies of the training and opening doors for new developments and innovations. Principal and Artistic Director, Amanda Britton, has built on the rich and successful history and created an artistic vision which will ensure a strong, stable and ambitious future and secure an international reputation of significance.
Whilst we celebrate our success we believe we are only at the beginning of our journey taking the School into the next century. We have ambitious plans to further our work, increase our reach both nationally and internationally and remain a driving force of dance education.
Our ambitions now need to be matched by our facilities and in 2020 we will undertake capital improvement works to our home. We will create modern state-of-the-art training facilities that will be a legacy for the future of Rambert School for both core student training and also for our growing widening and participation work.
With the support of The Linbury Trust we were able to begin work to the Anya Linden Studio Theatre in August 2019.
Our plans involved reconfiguring the studio to gain much needed space for our growing student numbers. We also upgraded the outdated sound and lighting equipment. This new and modernised space is now being used for our degree programme training, community classes and performances. The Weston Studio is the School’s smallest studio and its use is restricted by its size. We have recently been able to secure planning permission to extend this studio by 4 metres, providing an additional 44.8 square metres in size. This will create a much improved studio space and enable more classes to take place for the benefit of our students and the wider community.
If you would like to download and view our Case for support for The Centenary Project, please click here.
“I’m so incredibly grateful for all the support from the school and the award and cannot thank them enough for making my final year at Rambert School much less of a financial burden and a more enjoyable experience.”
Phoebe Higgins, 3rd Year
Rambert School prides itself on being committed to recruiting students on talent alone regardless of their ability to pay. We aim to attract the most gifted dancers to our School. We are not a private school, we are higher education provider and therefore our funding comes from student fees and a teaching grant from the Office for Students. For entry in 2019, fees for UK and EU students applying for the FD/BA (Hons) Ballet and Contemporary Dance are set at £9,250 per year. The tuition fee is subject to further increase in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Government.
In addition to this students have to pay living costs, health insurance, dancewear and audition costs. For some it is the first time living away from home and being able to manage all this on a tight budget can be extremely challenging. Our intense training and rehearsal schedule makes it difficult for them to seek jobs for more than a few hours a week to support themselves.
We aim to provide support to our talented students, particularly for those who experience financial challenges, in order to help them reach their full potential. The Rambert School Student Bursary Fund enables us to make this happen. This funding helps to cover tuition fees, living expenses, specific dance training expenses such as ballet shoes and costumes, as well as audition costs. Removing financial barriers helps students make the most from their training, enabling them to excel and progress in their dance career.
To continue to meet our goal of achieving excellence and to mark our centenary we are committed to raising more funds than ever before for our Student Bursary Fund and have a target of £120,000. We are keen to build on our reputation as one of the foremost ballet and contemporary training facilities in the world by attracting, training and producing the world-class, industry-ready dancers for which we are renowned.
Performance opportunities and opportunities to work with Guest Teachers are of paramount importance to the training of our students.
Rambert School is renowned for producing passionate, expressive dancers and innovative choreographers. These outcomes are not accidental: they come through a strong emphasis on performance throughout the course, and through repeated opportunities for students to explore their creative ideas.
We are delighted to welcome a broad range of guest teachers to school on a weekly basis. Guest teachers expose students to different styles of dance and teaching methods, diversifying their training and making them more versatile and employable dancers.
In June 2019 we were proud to be invited to perform in the Young Talent Festival at the Linbury Theatre, The Royal Opera House. To perform in such a prestigious venue was a privilege. It offered the perfect backdrop to our end of year performances which provide our students with the opportunity to bring their creative skills to a main stage.
We are delighted to be returning to the Linbury Theatre for our centenary Celebration performance in 2020. This unique performance has been programmed to celebrate our rich and successful history. All work being performed will be choreographed by alumni of the School spanning the many generations including Christopher Bruce CBE and Arielle Smith. This will be coupled with student choreography providing a vital platform for our emerging young talent.
Whilst we value our performances greatly they put further pressure on our already tight budgets and we are seeking partners to support this special Celebration performance. By supporting us you will not only be helping to give our young dancers with an invaluable learning opportunity, you will be part of a historic moment in dance performance.
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