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English National Ballet School

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1988
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private for-profit
    • Category:
    • Vocational,pre-U,lifelong learning
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • Ballet School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Hortensia Road, Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +442075811245
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of English National Ballet School

The School was founded in 1988 by English National Ballet as a feeder school for the Company. It began with just 12 students, sharing premises with the Company. The School grew rapidly, and in 1995 Diana, Princess of Wales opened its new premises in Chelsea, enabling it to train many more dancers.

Today the School exists as a separate entity but maintains strong links with its parent company, around a third of whose dancers are graduates of the School. Students perform in ENB's touring productions of My First Ballet as well as in the Company's main stage productions. The School's own performances are widely noted, with Dance Europe describing the Winter 2019 performance as 'a terrific show...both entertaining and thoughtful.'

In 2019 the School announced plans to move to London City Island to custom-built premises shared with English National Ballet.

English National Ballet School has an associate program, ENBS Juniors, for girls and boys aged 3 and up.

Academic Highlights

English National Ballet School is first and foremost a ballet school. We ensure students receive a good all-round education to prepare them for a future career in dance and provide a unique course of academic study which focuses on creative and artistic development. Students will continue to develop their academic and intellectual skills through a program specifically designed to enhance and extend their dance training and to meet the demands of the ever-changing dance profession.

Life in English National Ballet School

It is important that students feel comfortable and secure in their living accommodations. We take great care to ensure you are directed toward suitable lodgings and most new students live at hostels recommended by the school. First-year students are encouraged to live in a hostel before taking the responsibility of living in a flat on their own or with others.

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English National Ballet School are always looking for talented young dancers to join us. In order to apply for our full time Diploma in Professional Dance course students must be aged 16 – 18 years of age in the September of which they wish to start.

Preliminary auditions last a period of up to two hours and consist of a standard ballet class including barre work, centre practise and allegro. The final audition class is set at a higher standard and will include pointe work for the girls and extra allegro for the boys.

Candidates will be assessed on their potential by a panel including artistic staff and the Director of Dance. Students should have completed their secondary education to age 16 and have achieved five good passes at GCSE, or an equivalent level.

Notable Alumni

Erina Takahashi, lead principal dancer with English National Ballet. Lauretta Summerscales, principal dancer with Bavarian State Ballet. Ruth Brill, choreographer and first artist with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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