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.

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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. The digital audition criteria will be available on our website on the 14 December 2020. Students who have made an application and paid their application fee prior to this date will receive the digital audition information/link on the 14 December. Students who apply after the 14 December and before the 1 March will receive the digital audition link once their application has been processed and their application fee paid.

Digital auditions can be submitted between 4 January 2021-5 March 2021.

Applicants will be advised if their Stage 1 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:

Movement Quality
Rhythmic awareness
Musical awareness
Musical dynamics
Musical phrasing
Eye line
Grasp of appropriate style
Dramatic Sense
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.

Contact admissions with any audition questions


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