LRBS has evolved from operating in a single small studio and office to occupying the whole of 42 Clapham Manor Street, a beautiful Grade II listed building on a peaceful residential road with excellent nearby transport connections. The school now contains four studios, one much larger than the other three.
Plans based on an award winning design have recently been approved to redevelop completely the school in a very exciting manner. The renovated LRBS will offer world class facilities which are to be found in very few other institutions. A basement area will be created, containing a studio large enough to act as a professional performance practice space for school repertoire practice and outreach work. The studio will replicate the size of a large London theatre stage. This will be a rare facility for students of the school and will permit LRBS students to develop their skills and technique for a professional stage. This is essential for proper training.
This kind of space is expected of leading ballet schools in Russia, and indicates the determination of LRBS to replicate Russian training for its students as authentically as possible in London as a gateway to excellence. The school already has a strong association with the Bolshoi Ballet, and when the new studio is complete LRBS will be able to use it to invite some of the world’s greatest dancers to demonstrate the dedication and skill that has led to their success as renowned theatre artists. Classes will be given that outreach children can watch while the students of the school will be able to take advantage of unprecedented training and learning opportunities.
Construction work is expected to be completed within the next five years.