The Royal Ballet School

Founded in 1926, The Royal Ballet School provides outstanding vocational training for talented young people between the ages of 11 and 19, preparing them for careers as professional dancers/choreographers.  One of the Royal Ballet School's main aims is to make ballet as widely accessible as possible.  In 2005, they created a Dance Partnership and Access Programme to focus on and connect with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In September 2012, the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed to provide funding to The Royal Ballet School over 3 years toward 2 strands of their Dance Partnership and Access Programme; 1 - PrimarySTEPS for young children at 32 schools in Blackpool, Dagenham, Swindon, Bury St Edmunds and Mansfield.  Year 3 children attend a demonstration by students from RBS and take part in 6 workshops.  Those identified with talent and aptitude receive weekly tuition for the next 3 years. 2- aDvANCE is their programme for teenagers in state secondary schools and specialist dance centres.  they work with RBS students to share experiences and exchange dance ideas via 12 weeks of dance workshops at the schools, followed by full rehearsals leading to the performance of a new dance piece inspired by elements of ballet. The Trustees of the Foundation were particularly impressed with the project's focus on giving disadvantaged talented children an opportunity to experience excellent training in the field of dance.