An overview of the audition process for FD/BA (Hons) Ballet & Contemporary Dance
At Rambert School we offer places based on talent and potential for training alone. We are committed to recruiting, training and supporting the most talented students regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion.
You are encouraged to disclose any impairment or condition (for example, dyslexia, a physical, sensory or mental health condition) at the earliest opportunity so that we can endeavor to meet your needs at audition and during the course.
Entry to Rambert School is through a two-stage audition process. All applicants must download, fully complete and submit an application form and pay the £50 application fee.
Read full details on How to Apply to the FD/BA programmes
Stage One (Digital) Auditions
Digital auditions will only be accepted if an applicant has completed an application form and paid the application fee of £50. Digital auditions will be considered by the Principal & Artistic Director and the Deputy Principal.
Students will be sent a link to our digital audition information once they have submitted an application and paid the application fee.
In response to the current Covid pandemic and enhanced worldwide Covid restrictions, we would be delighted if applicants are still able to record and submit a video for all the content contained in the first stage digital submission form, but completely understand if in these current circumstances that may not be possible.
We would be happy for you to submit any existing ballet evidence you may already have in lieu of the ballet sections of the first stage digital audition (this could be video evidence of you performing a ballet solo, ballet class or ballet audition footage you had already prepared for other dance school/dance course applications you might be submitting) but request that you still complete Rambert School’s contemporary and creative tasks contained in our first stage digital submission form.
Digital auditions can be submitted between 4 January 2021-5 March 2021.
Applicants will be advised if their Stage One audition (digital) has been successful within 14 days of submitting their digital audition.
Second Stage Audition
Successful auditionees from the first stage digital audition will be invited to attend a second stage face to face audition* on either:
Friday 19 March 2021 AM/PM
Saturday 20 March 2021 AM/PM
or Monday 22 March 2021 AM/PM
*If face-to-face auditions are not possible due to enhanced lockdown measures, alternative arrangements will be shared.
EU/EEA/International students will be invited to attend a virtual second stage audition, if they are not able to attend in person.
Second Stage Audition format
• 1-hour Ballet class
• Pointe work for auditionees with pointe training
• 1-hour Contemporary Dance class, including a creative work/improvisation
• Performance of a pre-prepared solo*
• Some auditionees will be required to attend a physical assessment
• Some auditionees will be required to attend an interview
*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)
For more detailed information, including what to wear and what to prepare for audition, please see: Audition Process & Selection Criteria
Auditionees will be assessed on the following criteria:
Grasp of appropriate style
Commitment, helpfulness and co-operation
Level of concentration
Attitude to the learning of oneself and others
Attitude to the teacher
Attitude to other students
Dance Technical Ability as concerns the use of:
Unfortunately, it is Rambert School’s policy not to give feedback after audition. The decision of Rambert School is final.