Graduate Destinations

Where are they now? Reflections on the impact Rambert School students make post-graduation.

The dynamic nature of the dance profession means it is important for us to reflect on our most recent graduates working in the industry today, and also the notable alumni from our almost 100 year history, to ensure that we are equipping our current students with the essential skills they will need to embark on a career in the industry.

The training at Rambert School focuses on the individual and provides students with the skills they need to approach the ever-changing industry and hone their craft.  Throughout their training our dancers work with guest practitioners, choreographers and artists who provide invaluable industry insight and give workshops on, among other things, career development and audition technique. Final year students also work with a host of leading choreographers commissioned to create new works on them. Experiencing such a wide array of creative disciplines and making invaluable industry connections prepares our students for their next steps in the profession.

The exceptional technical ability of our students and diversity of their choices is reflected in the wide variety of international companies that they progress on to.  Here’s our pick of graduate destinations from recent years:


  • Rambert2 is a young company working towards an MA in dance and perfomance developed by Rambert School and Rambert dance company pictured performing Sharon Eyal's choreography on their debut 18/19 tour. Credit: Foteini ChristofilopoulouRambert2 performing on stage
  • Martha Graham Dance Company has been a world leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding in 1926 having performed internationally in over 50 countries. Credit: Martha Graham websiteMartha Graham Dance Company with yellow costumes on stage
  • The Merce Cunningham Dance Company was a prolific influence in the 20th century particularly in US dance. During his time at the helm, Cunningham created 70 works for the company. Credit: Anne FinkeMerce Cunningham Dance Company in blue costumes on abstract red and blue background
  • Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years and the latest touring production for his company is Brahms Hungarian featuring new work between Alston and Martin Lawrence, associate choreographer. Credit: Chris NashBrahms Hungarian Richard Alston Dance Company
  • Rambert is one of the world’s leading independent dance companies situated in the heart of London. Rambert's newly appointed Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer is set to take the company in new directions. Credit: RambertRambert dance company on stage
  • Leeds based Phoenix Dance Theatre are a longstanding contemporary dance company. Their work reflects current affairs including the piece pictured, Windrush which featured current students and alumni including Dancing Times dancer of the month and our Alumnus Vanessa Vince-Pang. Credit: Richard MoranVanessa Vince Pang Windrush Phoenix dance theatre
  • Having begun 50 years ago Scottish Ballet are recognised as Scotlands national dance company. Their aim is to inspire everyone to get involved with particular emphasis on accessible classes and performances alongside their touring productions. Credit: Scottish BalletScottish ballet on stage in shadow
  • The Joffrey is a world-class, Chicago-based ballet company and dance education organisation. It's key message lies within accessibility, education and diversity. Credit: Joffrey Ballet CompanyJoffrey Ballet Chicago on stage in black socks and black gloves
  • Set up in 1969 Northern Ballet take inspiration from literature and theatre to retell stories and bring new interpretations to classical ballets. Northern Ballet are currently working on their latest production in collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada for a biopic of Queen Victoria. Credit: Guy FarrowNorthern Ballet perform Victoria
  • Cape Town City Ballet is the oldest ballet company south of the equator. The company regularly perform classical ballets. It's next production is Swingtime which is to be performed in an open air theatre. Credit: Cape Town City BalletCape Town City Ballet performing duet on floor

Other companies our graduates have danced with include: Mark Bruce Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, BalletBoyz, New Adventures, Ballet Black, Akram Khan Company, Sydney Dance Company, NDT2, Cullberg Ballet, Michael Clark Company, English National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Seoul Ballet and Boston Ballet. During their time at the School, current students, also have the opportunity to work on placements with leading dance companies and projects, such as BBC Young Dancer, New Adventures, Phoenix Dance Theatre and BalletBoyz.

Our graduates have also formed their own companies, expanded into arts outreach work, performed in theatre productions, danced commercially and worked as choreographers, academics, educators journalists, artistic directors and producers. You can view our most recent graduate cohort and their destinations here.

Our alumni keep a close relationship with the School, returning as associated artists to create new pieces, develop new talent and collaborate.  Rambert School has commissioned new works from graduates Jason Mabana, Charlotte Edmunds and Julie Cunningham this year and will also perform repertoire of longstanding alumni Christopher Bruce.


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