These classes are designed for boys and girls aged 10-16. The students are taught the Russian Ballet syllabus of the junior and middle classes of a Russian Ballet School. The aim is to prepare these youngsters for full time vocational training. All lessons are taught by a Russian teacher who has both danced professionally in Russia and is qualified in the early years technique of training.
The programme involves six day a week attendance and includes an annual assessment. The aim of the course is to allow the young student to develop strong technique whilst still at their own academic school. Lessons take place after school and at the weekend.
Pre Vocational students are involved in outreach performance work and public theatre performance work. Performances are considered a vital part of the young student’s development and journey towards full time vocational ballet training. They also receive character classes and repertoire classes. The pre vocational students have access to visiting world class artists and teachers. These students are involved with the Bolshoi Ballet Performance Programme.
The junior vocational programme does not offer full time academic tuition before the age of 14 where very limited places are currently available.
Any child may apply to join these classes with or without a background in ballet training. We welcome applications throughout the year.
Senior Vocational Course
Bursaries are always available to those who need assistance. Please enquire at the school directly for detailed information.
We are always happy to help with your queries.
School and Training
London Russian Ballet School offers a three year, sixth form vocational course in the Professional Russian Ballet Method. Students attend school six days a week. There are daily ballet classes, pas-de-deux lessons and Scenic Theatrical /Character Dance, which is a separate discipline in the Russian system, taught by a Character Principal of the Russian stage to include character barre and repertoire. There are twice weekly lessons of solfeggio incorporating music history and theory and there is basic instruction on anatomy. Ballet History lectures are given throughout the year on different topics by professional ballet historians.
Ballet lessons are given by former senior soloists from the great Russian stages. These are highly experienced individuals who have had a long life on the stage where they benefitted from working with exceptional and renowned artists. They offer a depth of knowledge both artistic and technical which is a unique experience for the students who are taught the same syllabus they would receive in a serious Russian ballet school. LRBS aims to help students to become not just a dancer but an artist. The student is encouraged to understand ballet as an art form that requires deep respect, hard work and commitment. LRBS pupils love what they do and are eager to learn.
Academic work is compulsory at LRBS. Each student must take a minimum of two academic A levels, but most sit three A level subjects. The school believes that each student should be a rounded individual and well prepared for life, in an increasingly competitive world. LRBS aims to offer students choice and a wide range of possibilities.
The vocational programme involves extensive theatre performances with live accompaniment, which is very rare. The School performs at least three times per year or more on a professional stage. This stage practice is a vital experience for a growing artist. There is no other environment in which the student may test themselves by taking their work from the class and the teaching they have received to discover what they may offer their audience as an artist both technically and emotionally. The preparation for these performances involves extensive repertoire work and rehearsal at a professional level. The demands placed on students are high during preparation, with attendance often at seven days a week, but all love their work and the rewards are enormous for each individual.
The School is involved with extensive performance outreach work in the borough, and performs for local schools and at charity events over 8 times per year. These performances offer further vital repertoire practice and preparation for these performances is as serious as for any theatre production.
As the majority of vocational students receive a substantial bursary to enable their training, outreach performances are a means by which these students return what they receive, performing for less privileged children in Lambeth and in turn inspiring these young children to think differently about themselves. .
The rules of vocational study are strict. The school asks for clarity on all matters. Each student is treated as an individual, working in a team, who is encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and to communicate with their teacher and members of staff in order to develop their potential artistically and personally.
The school is proud of its Association with The Bolshoi Ballet which offers LRBS students an exceptional opportunity. They are able to perform alongside world class artists on stage who are the product of the Russian method of training. This provides an important insight necessary for their own theatrical development.together with access to dress rehearsals and performances of this world famous company.
At the end of the vocational ballet course, the student receives a Diploma in Professional Russian Ballet Training, A-level certificates in chosen subjects and full assistance with UCAS applications is required. The school is experienced in preparing students for GCSE and A-level examinations. There is an experienced UCAS adviser who meets with all students and their parents.
The following subjects are currently offered: English and English Literature, Russian (including Ab Initio), French, German, Spanish, Maths, Biology, Physics, History, RS, Philosophy, Art, History of Art and Psychology.
LRBS is an independent school that offers scholarships and bursaries to all students who apply. We ask all prospective parents and students to understand that funding is allocated to students to make their training and studies possible. No potential student should be concerned about fees. It is most important to visit the school and consider whether it is the right school for each individual. Discussions about fees and circumstances are confidential and take place after a place has been offered. However, it is always advisable to state clearly that assistance will be required.
Full term’s fees for ballet training and academic education with three full A levels are calculated individually and with regard to the bursary awarded to each individual student. Rates for ballet training without academic education are £3,000.00 per term. Please note this ballet training includes all aspects of the dance curriculum offered by LRBS as well as performance and repertoire preparation. Scholarships are awarded depending on the prospective student’s ability and circumstances. Financial circumstances and requirements are discussed following the audition. Please note that 95% of our students are given financial assistance to enable their training. It is important to remember this when applying. The ethos of the school is to provide opportunity.
Further information is available on this website.
Prospective students are invited for class with our Artistic Director, Evgeny Goremykin. Class is taken with other vocational students and there is an opportunity to meet and talk with these students to see how the school operates and understand the teaching method. If you would like to come for an audition or visit the school please give us a call (0207 498 0498) or send us an email email@example.com.
Postgraduate and Professional Classes
These classes provide the opportunity for those who are professional dancers or those who have already graduated to continue to study. This is a classical ballet
course for improving technical and artistic skills, learning new repertoire, enjoying theatre practice and gaining stage experience. Students on this course may also wish to study A-levels and history of ballet, music theatre and art.
We endorse the use of public transport to attend the school. LRBS is situated between Clapham North and Clapham Common underground stations. It is a 10 minute walk to Clapham High Street Overground Station. The following bus stations are near Clapham Manor Street: Clapham Common Post Office, Clapham St Luke’s Avenue (N-bound), St Luke’s Avenue (H), Clapham North and High Street Station (Stop B). Buses: 50, 88, 155, 322, 345. We are five minutes walk from Clapham High Street. Cycle stands are being installed for those who cycle. There is a drop-off bay at the rear of the building but no right to park at the rear. The school requests a safe driving policy for those who need to drive. Parents must not drop off using a residents or disabled bay, this is not tolerated by the school.
Please contact the School for information regarding Children’s classes as well as the current fees.