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English National Ballet School

Posted on March 1, 2019

English National Ballet School, the official school of English National Ballet, is a specialist training centre for aspiring and highly talented young ballet dancers aged 16 to 19. It transforms talented young dancers into world-class performers over a three year programme validated by Trinity College, London.

The school was founded in 1988 by English National Ballet to train students for a professional career in dance. Today it exists as a separate entity but maintains strong links with its parent company, sharing a commitment to excellence and access.

English National Ballet School is a talent-led organisation and each year 300 young dancers audition for one of 30 places in the first year. Once a young dancer joins, they have an incredibly bright future. Dancers have joined English National Ballet and other prestigious ballet companies worldwide. Currently one third of the dancers at English National Ballet are graduates of the school.

The school is highly respected in the field of training and pastoral care. It is regarded as an “exemplary provider” by Trinity College London and has consistently been awarded Outstanding by Ofsted since inspections began. In its most recent inspection, Outstanding was achieved in all areas, including effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for learners.

The ambition of English National Ballet School is to be the first choice for the next generation of international ballet dancers and ballet companies.

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