ballet training in London
“Everything is growing, everything is moving forward. I recommend keeping in touch with life and with art.”
Agrippina Vaganova

The Russian system of ballet training defines the human body with extraordinary results. The School of Classical Russian Ballet in London believes passionately that these results are obtainable for a student from any part of the world who has talent, the right attitude and the determination to succeed.

Students learn from the complete classical repertoire as well as working with the school choreographers both in contemporary classes and in creating new works for the many stage performances that take place during the school year. Character classes are also given as part of the syllabus. All ballet training and education takes place at our beautiful school in Clapham, London.

Full time Ballet Students in Performance
October 2019 at Cadogan Hall

Full time Ballet Students at Work

Four times a year, artists from the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballets take part in The School of Classical Russian Ballet performances. These offer the students invaluable insights into their own technical and artistic development. These theatre performances are supplemented by the extensive outreach performance work of the school which all students take part in during their ballet training. The outreach productions provide even more stage practice and enable the students to contribute to the local community in London by bringing ballet to young children for whom this might otherwise be a dream.

Students balance a demanding programme of ballet training and academic education and they are all determined to succeed. The School of Classical Russian Ballet is very supportive of its students during their ballet training and provides access to exceptional performing experience with extensive opportunities to learn and develop technique. There is always something to discover and ballet training is a constant struggle for perfection.

At The School of Classical Russian Ballet in London, the student is encouraged to be objectively self-critical and hungry for knowledge,  the journey to success and accomplishment is a constant struggle but one with great rewards. Vocational ballet training is not just about class but how to use the skills developed in class to become a performing artist. The very flexible and individual approach of The School of Classical Russian Ballet allows each student to find themselves and reach their potential.

During their ballet training at the school, students are always encouraged to attend different ballet performances and tickets are often provided for them. Students are able to attend dress rehearsals of visiting Russian companies each year and meet with renowned Russian artists of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballets. The artistic staff believe the students should take advantage of  what London offers and to be curious about their art and future profession. They encourage the students to see many different types of dance performances as often as possible and to gain experience and insight into the world of the performing arts from the perspective of the audience.

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Disciplines taught

  • Russian Classical Ballet

  • Pas de deux

  • Pointe work

  • Variations

  • Repertoire

  • Extensive Performance Practice

  • Character

  • Contemporary

  • Improvisation and Choreography

  • Gymnastics

“The opportunities LRBS provides are absolutely unique, given the central location of the school. I would not have received Russian ballet training and a first-class academic education anywhere else in London. The school has allowed me to excel artistically and academically far beyond my own expectations. It is a gem for anyone with professional aspirations who wishes to train with teachers who were lucky enough to be taught in the iconic Russian ballet system themselves.”
Graduating scholarship student

Bursaries are available for all those requiring financial assistance.

Ballet training applications are welcome throughout the year