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, 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 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. 2020/21 entry is now closed. We have successfully auditioned applicants digitally this year.


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 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, 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 dependent on projects and performances.

TERM DATES 2020-21

Saturdays: 12th September – 5th December (half term 24th October)

Saturdays: 9th January – 27th March (half term 20th February)

Saturdays: 17th April – 17th July (half term 29th 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 offered 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 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 2020.


Digital auditions will take place in July and August 2020. The process will include ballet, pointe (for those currently on pointe) and contemporary. Informal interviews may be held for some applicants following this.


Applications closed on the 7th August.

For questions, please email


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