An Overview

This programme is designed to help you develop secure classical and contemporary dance technique, and prepare you for the profession as a confident, versatile and technically strong dancer. You will graduate with the skills required by professional companies as well as the ability to communicate effectively with other artists, choreographers and audiences.

BA Modern Ballet is delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet and provides numerous opportunities, allowing you to gain invaluable insight into professional life. You will work with Scottish Ballet staff, dancers and internationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers, including Artistic Director/CEO Christopher Hampson. Graduate year students will attend company class and additionally, some students will have the opportunity to perform in the mainstage company tours.

We are the only European conservatoire to offer all of the performance art specialisms and we encourage you to work collaboratively to expand your artistic horizons. You might find yourself performing to camera for film students, choreographing a piece with our composers, or on stage at one of Scotland’s major theatres. RCS facilities are among the best in Europe. You will take part in performances within a variety of environments and contexts, further enhancing the breadth of vocational education and your employability.

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UK Deadline:

31 January 2024

International Deadline:

31 March 2024

Programme Structure

Your first year of training is focused on developing a sound technical and artistic basis in both classical ballet and contemporary dance. This grounding will be enhanced by supporting subjects such as pas de deux, pointework, virtuosity, conditioning and contextual studies.

In repertoire classes, corps de ballet work and solos are introduced and you will learn about creating new work in the ‘Introduction to Choreography’ module.

You will complete your 1st year with a performance in the annual show.

You will focus on building upon the skills learned in first year, with much more challenging work both technically and artistically.

In repertoire, you will gain skills as a solo performer (in both ballet and contemporary) including learning works from the classics. Choreographic skills are developed through the opportunity to collaborate with other departments and a commissioned choreographer in the creation of a new work.

You will have more performance opportunities, including the Piano and Dance festival and a more significant part in the Annual performances.

You may also participate in exchange projects and international competitions.

Your final year is a year of refinement of individual strengths, development of artistic and performance skills and preparation for auditions for professional employment.

All third-year students work with Scottish Ballet which may include touring opportunities. Third year students also have the opportunity to join Company Class with Scottish Ballet and other professional companies.

There are additional regular performance and touring opportunities with Scottish Ballet in mainstage tours – in recent years these have included The Snow Queen (ch. Hampson), Cinderella (ch. Hampson), Nutcraker (ch. Darrell), Emergence (ch. Pite), The Fairy’s Kiss (ch. MacMillan), Swan Lake (ch. dawson) and Mayerling (ch. MacMillan).

The Solos Evening is a highlight for third years and your training culminates in the annual graduation performance in June.


Alice Abbott

Josiah Batt

Mouna Boussaha

Caitlin Brolly

Emmeline Bywater

Caitlyn Carr

Kira Dillon

Celeste Fernandes

Robbie Fisher

Oliver Grant

Norah Jeffery

Aidan Jolliffe-Byrne

Madeleine Lacroix

Yidie (Lydia) Liu

Lily Pakula

Georgia Richardson

Katelyn Robbins

Kirsten Russell

Freya Ryan-Brown

Kazuko Sakaguchi

Seamus Smith

Hamish Vipond

Katie Williams

Grace Wilson

Joshua Winter-Wright

Linyue Zhao

All Y3 Ballet student headshots by AndyRossImages

Why choose us?

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is consistently ranked in the World Top 10 for performing arts education (QS World Rankings 2023)

  • Delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet
  • Professional opportunities
  • Opportunities to collaborate, improvise and develop choreographic skills
  • World-class facilities
  • The Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks is home to a suite of award-winning dance studios that were purpose-built for the BA Modern Ballet programme
  • Opportunities to perform at events across the country; recent events have seen dancers perform at Buckingham Palace and Gleneagles
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and accompanists
  • Regular guest workshops
  • Excellent staff-student ratio
  • Opportunities for artistic collaboration across RCS
  • International exchange opportunities
  • Compete in high-profile international competitions, including the Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, YAGP, Cecchetti Competition and the Prix de Lausanne
  • Graduates have obtained contracts around the world with companies including Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Ballet Cymru, National Ballet of Portugal and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures


Step inside the wonderful world of dance

The BA Modern Ballet degree at the Royal Conservatoire has grown to become one of the UK’s most respected dance training programmes.

Discover some of the highlights since its inception in 2009 in The Weekend Read.

Additional Staff

Teaching staff

Ayo Kobayashi
Contemporary technique

Rowan MacGregor

Lewis Normand

Glauco Di Lieto
Coaching, pas de deux, repertoire, PBT

Ruth Mills

Penny Withers

Dr Oliver Wittard

Bethany Whiteside
Contextual Studies

Fraser Johnstone

John McFall

Kerry Nicholls

Paul Liburd OBE

Owen Montague

Julian Moss

Scottish Ballet

Christopher Hampson
Artistic Director and CEO

Oliver Rydout
Rehearsal Director

Sophie Martin
Principal Dancer

Constance Devernay
Principal Dancer

Sophie Laplane
Choreographer in Residence

Jamiel Laurence

Constant Vigier


Michael Barnett

Signy Jakobsdottir  Percussionist

Guest Lecturers and Choreographers
  • Nicolas Blanc — Ballet master, Scottish Ballet
  • Patricia Lent — Cunningham Foundation, New York
  • Maria Jimenez — Scottish Ballet
  • Scottish Dance Theatre
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Company
  • English National Ballet Company
  • Rambert Dance Company

What Makes RCS Like Nowhere Else?

BA Modern Ballet student Daisy Mullen-Thomson tells us why RCS is Like Nowhere Else to her.


Read an interview with dancer and choreographer Paul Liburd when he spent a week at RCS to work with our students on their graduation performance.

Graduate destinations

Our graduating students have been contracted to a range of renowned companies including:

  • Scottish Ballet
  • Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures
  • Northern Ballet
  • National Ballet of Portugal
  • Ballet Cymru
  • Joffrey Ballet Apprenticeship
  • Ballet Ireland
  • Geneva Junior Ballet
  • Plovdiv State Ballet
  • Balletto di Roma
  • Alberta Ballet
  • Ballet Theatre UK
  • Prague Chamber Ballet
  • National Dance Company of Wales Apprenticeship
  • Universal Ballet Korea
  • FX Saldy Liberec
  • Ballet Prelocaj


Hannah Cubitt

Scottish Ballet

Keenan Fletcher

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures

Louis Fukuhara

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures

Rose Goddard

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures (Pic credit: Andy Ross)

Matthew Topliss

Northern Ballet

Anna Williams

Scottish Ballet