Over 2020, we are celebrating a century of discovering and developing the best dancers and choreographers in the 100 years since Marie Rambert officially opened the doors to her ‘school’.
As the oldest vocational dance school in the UK, we have been at the forefront of the dance profession for this time, with a long and illustrious list of alumni who have shaped and continue to shape culture. At this special point in time, we look back over our journey, and begin to dream for the future of what Rambert School may look like and the next 100 years of excellence in dance training.
At Rambert School we cherish our history and tradition whilst embracing innovation within our training. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 100th birthday. Our Centenary brings us the opportunity to celebrate the creativity, artistry and passion of our students past and present. As a graduate of Rambert School I feel extremely privileged to be leading this incredible organisation into the next 100 years. As we approach this anniversary, we are very proud to look back and celebrate a century of incredible dance training, an outstanding impact on the world of dance, and an internationally celebrated name. We also look forward with excitement to the next chapter of our story, to nurturing future generations of elite dancers, choreographers and dance professionals, and to continue impacting the art form world-wide. We have a vision for the future that sees the School go from strength to strength and our Centenary Project will see us lay the foundations for realising that vision. With a passionate, world-class teaching body, an outstanding international reputation for dance excellence, and a network that stretches across the globe, we have all the right ingredients for driving forward our exciting plans for the future. I invite you to join us and be a part of our incredible past, present and future. With your support we can help transform the lives of the next generation of stellar dancers.
Principal & Artistic Director
2020 hasn’t gone as smoothly as we would have hoped but we wanted to share our would be plans with you below and hope to be able to perform again soon.
Alongside our usual performances at the school and on our summer tour, we will be marking this very special occasion with unique nights at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House and Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells.All performances will feature work made or restaged especially for this centenary year from Rambert School alumni, including Christopher Bruce, Arielle Smith, Thick & Tight, Anthony Taylor, Deputy Principal Darren Ellis and a restaging of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Facade.
As part of its Centenary celebrations, Rambert School is proud to be working with a number of renowned names from the dance world who advocate for the School throughout its Centenary year and inspire current and future students. Centenary Ambassadors include Artistic Director of Rambert Benoit Swan Pouffer, Kerry Nichols, Russell Maliphant, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Bruce, Matthew Bourne and Akram Khan, amongst others.
“I am continually impressed by the graduates of Rambert School and their ability to adapt and thrive in the professional settings of both the main Rambert Company and Rambert2. Their technique and dedication is a testament to the training they received whilst at Rambert School, whose 100 year history creates a benchmark for both UK and Global dance education.”
Artistic Director of Rambert and Centenary Ambassador Benoit Swan Pouffer
“Some of the strongest, and most talented dancers are coming out of Rambert School, and that is a clear sign. A sign that shows that they deeply believe in rigour, discipline, and curiosity. It gives me great pleasure to be an ambassador to a school that I feel truly embodies the very fabric of my own approach to dance and dance training”.
Choreographer and Centenary Ambassador Akram Khan
At this 100 year point in the School’s history 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.
Be part of The Centenary Project and help develop generations of dance pioneers to come.
Our students and alumni are what we are most proud of – your stories of successes, overcoming challenge, dedication, and excellence both in the dance profession and all walks of life are the reason we exist. The RS100 year is a great opportunity to get in touch with the School and either continue or rekindle a relationship with us!
Over this year we are offering ticket discounts to our shows at the School, and we would love to see you to catch up or hear from you via phone or email. Our RS100 Stories will build a broad picture of those who have impacted the School’s history and present, and we really want to include as many stories that alumni have as possible. If you have a great tale of your days at the School, whether serious or lighthearted, please get in touch with us as we would love to include it in the archive of this special year.