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The Royal Ballet School held its annual end of term performance showcasing the ballet stars of the future
The Royal Ballet School's end of year performance showcased some of the brightest ballet stars of the future. Simple Symphony was specially commissioned for the Second Year students for this performance, including Suzan Opperman and and her partner Mathew Ball. Photography: Johan Persson
Students from the Lower School, White Lodge in Richmond Park and students from the Covent Garden-based Upper School took part in the annual showcase. Mayara Magri (pictured) makes the leap from to the Royal Ballet next season.
Admission to The Royal Ballet School is based purely on artistic merit and potential, with boys and girls from all backgrounds represented.
Approximately 94% of White Lodge students are funded by the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme. A further 66% at the Upper School are funded this way, with the majority of the remaining being funded through the School’s student sponsorship programme.
Students of the Royal Ballet School go on to great things. For the past six years every Royal Ballet School graduate has won a contract with an international ballet company. This performance of Un Ballo featured Mariana Rodrigues who joins Northern Ballet next season.
Each year around 1,000 young people apply for a place at The Royal Ballet School. Only 24 of these will make it through to the Lower School, while approximately 30 will win a place in Year 12. . Twenty years ago girls made up 80% of the students, now the genders are represented more or less evenly. Paul Boyd’s Uneven Ground, as pictured here, demonstrated the students' versatility as it ditched classical dance for an Argentinian flavour.
More than 70% of members of The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet are alumni of The Royal Ballet School.
The Royal Ballet School is recognised as one of the top four centres of dance training in the world.
The Royal Ballet School’s Summer School offers the opportunity for young dancers from across the UK and overseas to study at the School. It's a hugely popular fixture in the international dance calendar. This year 1,250 people from 54 countries applied for 350 places.
Each year the Royal Ballet School’s Outreach Programme engages with more than 3,500 aspiring young dancers from all over the country. There are around 500 Royal Ballet School Associates in eight Outreach Centres around the country aged 8-15.
The Dance Partnership and Access Programme was launched in 2005 with funding from the Department for Children, Schools and Families to assist young people who have had little or no experience of the Arts, in particular, dance.
In September 2010, Sam Lee from Dagenham became the first student to join The Royal Ballet School as a result of the Dance Partnership and Access and the Associate Programme.
Despite their demanding dance schedule, students still find time for their studies. In August 2011, the national average for GCSE passes at A*-C was 65% whilst Royal Ballet School students scored 96% . Pictured are students Lily Howes and Daniele Silingardi performing the dance Molly! Do you Love Me?
You can find out more about the work of the School at the White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre.
The finale of the Summer Season on July 15 saw a breathtaking display of more than 200 students filling the stage of the Royal Opera House in the exuberant and fast-moving Grand Défilé. Photography: Johan Persson