Central School of Ballet

Working with Schools

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Widening Access

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama aims to make elite performing arts training accessible to people regardless of background.

The Conservatoire’s unique position as a partnership of eight schools creates both challenges and opportunities in widening access due to the small selective nature of the schools. Our locations at the heart of three vibrant cultural centres in London, Bristol and Leeds also offer a unique position to widen access across a broader area than would be possible with a single geographic location.

As a collective, we have a shared responsibility to widen access and success. However each school specialises in different disciplines with different pre-requisite training needs and therefore different access challenges.

You can view or download the Conservatoire’s Widening Access and Success Strategy for 2016-20 via the link below.

Widening Access and Success Strategy

Opportunities to Get Involved

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Outreach and community interaction are an integral part of the Conservatoire’s mission to widen access. The Conservatoire schools offer a range of activities outside of their degree provisions, from leisure classes for adults and children to one-off workshops, short courses and summer schools in a particular discipline.

For an overview of what’s on offer, you can download our poster, Opportunities to Get Involved, by clicking on the link below.

Opportunities to Get Involved

If you would like a print copy for display in a school or youth group, please email Emma Swift at emma.swift@cdd.ac.uk

Centre for Advanced Training (CAT)

Funded by the Department for Education Music and Dance Scheme, CATs exist to help identify, and assist, children with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education. This will enable them, if they choose to proceed towards self-sustaining careers in music and dance. For more information on the scheme and its national profile please go to www.nationaldancecats.co.uk

 

London Contemporary Dance School runs a Centre for Advanced Training based at The Place. The programme is open to all children between 10-16 years regardless of previous dance training. Take a look at the website here.

 

Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is part of a national intensive dance programme for 13-17 year olds who display exceptional potential and passion for dance.

The scheme is devised to prepare young dancers for full-time dance training at university or conservatoire level. At NSCD we include five key areas:

  • Contemporary and Ballet Techniques
  • Creative dance and choreography
  • Performance
  • Dancers’ health and wellbeing
  • Cultural activities such as theatre trips

The curriculum is intended to give students a strong basic grounding in technical and creative skills, as well as an introduction to the wider dance profession. Students attend a minimum of eight hours a week outside of school. Take a look at the website here.

 

London Youth Circus, based at the National Centre for Circus Arts, is being run in conjunction with the CAT programme at The Place. It aims to provide pre-vocational training of the highest standard to 10-18 year olds, enabling young Circus Artists to access institutions for professional circus training. CAT scheme applications are open to current London Youth Circus students and students from other youth circuses in the UK. Take a look at the website here.

Short courses and summer schools

Short courses and summer schools take place over a concentrated period of time and provide an experience of the intensive training which characterises conservatoire-level training.

The Conservatoire schools offer the following courses:

 

Circus Arts

National Centre for Circus Arts

  • Youth Circus Summer Schools offer young people the chance to spend a week at the National Centre learning a range of circus skills, for age groups 8 – 11 and 12 – 18
  • Advanced Summer School is available for 11 – 18 years old who have been learning circus for more than two years.

Acting

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

  • 1-week courses in Contemporary Drama, Acting in Shakespeare, Singing, and Acting for Camera, for age 17 and above
  • 10-week Summer Foundation Course for age 18 and above

LAMDA

  • Short courses in Shakespeare, English Communication Skills Through Drama, Audition Technique, Introduction to Drama School, and Introduction to Screen Acting
  • 8-week Shakespeare Summer School for age 18 and above

RADA

  • Range of short courses including Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Clown, and Stanislavski
  • 1-week Young Theatre Makers course for young people aged 11 – 14 years old
  • 4-week Shakespeare Summer School for age 16 and over and 2-week Contemporary Drama Summer School for age 18 and over
  • Evening and weekend short courses for ages 16-20 and Over 20s
  • In partnership with Camden Council, RADA hosts the Camden Summer University (CSU) drama project which is free to participants. More information about CSU can be found here.

Technical Theatre

RADA

  • Range of 1-week short courses in Production and Design for age 17 and over including: Lighting Design for the Theatre, Property Making for the Stage, Scenic Art for the Theatre, and Costume Lab
  • Technical Tasters are a series of workshops running all day on Saturdays where you can explore two components of technical theatre. You can sample a mixture of Wardrobe, Lighting, Scenic Art, Stage Management, Property Making, Construction and Make Up.

Dance

Central School of Ballet

  • 1 and 2-week Spring and Summer Courses for ages 12 – 16
  • 1 and 2-week BOYS ONLY Summer Courses for ages 12 – 16

The Place (London Contemporary Dance School)

  • A range of Summer Dance Courses for young people from ages 18 months – 15 years, including: First Steps (18 months – 3 years), Contemporary Explorers (5 – 7 years), Creative Contemporary (8 – 10 years), and Boys Club (6 – 10 years)

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

  • 1-week Summer School for young dancers aged 12-18 years and adults aged 18+ (advanced level, including dance students and graduates)

Rambert School

  • 1-week Junior Summer School for age 11 – 14 years
  • 1-week Senior Summer School for age 15 – 19 years
Weekly classes and youth companies

Many of the schools offer weekly classes for children, young people and adults, often subsidised to encourage participation in the particular art form. They engage the wider community in dance, acting, circus skills and technical theatre. These classes offer students an opportunity to develop and progress to short courses, summer schools, other training programmes, and, ultimately, vocational training.

Youth companies prepare young people to perform or create work, often specifically commissioned or adapted.

Circus Arts

National Centre for Circus Arts

  • National Centre offers a range of weekly classes in circus skills for all ages, from 2 years 9 months to 18 years, through Family Circus, Junior Circus, Youth Circus Too and Junior Circus Too
  • London Youth Circus is for young people aged 11-21 years who are interested in entering the circus arts as a profession. It offers courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, including supporting classes in movement, core stability and performance. Acceptance is by audition. The advanced class performs annually.
  • Adult evening courses are available in aerial, acrobatic and equilibristic disciplines.
  • Acro 6 is a high intensity interval training programme over lunchtime sessions.

Acting

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

  • ACTiv8 is the youth theatre group of the school for ages 7 and above. Weekly classes consist of improvised scenes, ensemble work, theatrical techniques and skills-based warm up games.

RADA

  • RADA Youth Company: Acting provides access to drama training and performance opportunities for young people aged 16-20 who live in and around London

Technical Theatre

RADA

  • RADA Youth Company: Technical Theatre offers a solid training in a variety of areas of behind the scenes theatrecraft. Working together with the Youth Company: Acting, the Youth Company: Technical Theatre will give young people the opportunity to try out elements of technical theatre culminating in productions

Dance

Central School of Ballet

  • Central’s Junior School offers weekly classes for children ages 3 to 16 for all abilities.

The Place (London Contemporary Dance School)

  • The Place provides a range of dance activities for young people including Saturday classes (5-15 yrs) and midweek teen contemporary classes
  • The Place runs two dance companies for young people which meet weekly: Shuffle, the junior dance company for 9-14 years, and Shift, the senior youth dance company for aged 14-19 years.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

  • For children and young people NSCD offers a Saturday programme for 5 – 12 years and mid-week youth dance classes including our NSCD Youth Dance Company.
  • For adults NSCD offers weekday classes including Contemporary Technique, Performance Group, Zumba and a Creative Dance Class for adults with Learning Difficulties.

Rambert School

  • Rambert offers Saturday contemporary classes for children and young people from ages 2 ½ to 15
  • Pre-Vocational Course offers ballet and contemporary technique and performance opportunities for students aged 15 and over who are preparing to apply for vocational training
  • Weekly open classes in ballet and contemporary (beginners/improvers) are available for adults.
Student performance tours

A number of Conservatoire schools have dedicated performance companies which tour nationally and internationally, with students delivering workshops in schools as part of the programme.

Ballet Central is the third year performance company of Central School of Ballet.

LC3 is the third year performance company of London Contemporary Dance School.

EDge is the postgraduate performance company of London Contemporary Dance School.

VERVE is the postgraduate performance company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

In addition, almost all other schools tour either nationally or locally and offer specific student performances to primary and secondary schools and beyond.

Working with schools

The Conservatoire schools work with local schools and offer specific student performances to primary and secondary schools and beyond. For some young people, watching a Conservatoire school performance may be their first experience of theatre, dance or circus.

Circus Arts

National Centre for Circus Arts have developed a number of ways for school groups to access the circus arts, for example through educational visits and workshops. A limited number of free workshops are available to secondary schools in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets to engage their students in circus.

Drama

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School tour a production specially adapted for young people to local primary schools, with free performances for inner city schools. Senior staff members offer careers talks for secondary schools and colleges.

LAMDA offer the Shakespeare in Schools Tour for local partner secondary schools and colleges with fast-paced adaptations of Shakespeare’s most popular works.

RADA offer a variety of activities to schools and colleges, including drama workshops for students, careers talks and free tickets for London schools to see a Shakespeare play performed and supported by second year students.

Dance

Central School of Ballet works in partnership with London primary schools to deliver a yearly series of workshops for school children. Secondary school involvement provides the opportunity for Central to get involved with the community through yearly partnerships with London schools.

The Place (LCDS) offers tailor-made dance and cross-curricular projects for primary schools that can introduce lesson or topic material, or revise, extend and enhance it in exciting ways. Primary schools in Camden can access activities at a reduced price by becoming a partner school. London Contemporary Dance School offers workshops or performances for secondary schools through third year performance company LC3.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance offers annual workshop and performance packages to Leeds based primary schools. Free ‘Spotted’ workshops are offered to schools and colleges across Yorkshire between October and March for students aged 13 – 17 years to spot talent for the Centre for Advanced Training. Postgraduate performance company VERVE also offer workshops to secondary schools and colleges when they are on tour.

Rambert School invites classes from local schools and colleges to attend a dress rehearsal in the School’s Studio Theatre, and offers workshops delivered by students to schools and colleges.

The school also partners with local secondary schools through the Aspire Project, which sees GCSE dance students working with Rambert School students for one term to create a piece of choreography that is performed at Rambert School.

Access Agreements

Any higher education institution that wants to charge higher tuition fees for home/EU undergraduates must have an access agreement approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

You can view or download the Conservatoire’s Access Agreements for 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 via the links below. These documents are also published on the OFFA website.

Access Agreement 2018-19

Access Agreement 2017-18

Access Agreement 2016-17