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BA Modern Ballet

Introduction

Delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet

This programme is designed to help you build a robust classical technique and prepare you for the profession as a confident, versatile and technically strong dancer. You will graduate with the skills required by professional ballet companies as well as the ability to communicate effectively with an audience through the performance of a wide variety of classical, modern, and contemporary choreography.

Our partnership with Scottish Ballet provides numerous opportunities, allowing you to gain invaluable insight into professional life. You will work regularly with Scottish Ballet staff and dancers, and internationally-acclaimed teachers and choreographers. You will also have the opportunity to participate in performances or placements.

We are the only UK conservatoire to offer training in all of the performance art disciplines and are dedicated to enabling, and encouraging, students to work collaboratively to expand their artistic horizons. You might find yourself performing on film for our screen students, choreographing a piece with our composers, or on stage at one of Scotland’s major theatres.

Our facilities are among the best in Europe and feature state of the art dance studios and professional venues, as well as a whole range of other facilities to support you.

You will take part in numerous performance opportunities, within a variety of environments and contexts, further enhancing the breadth of training, and enhancing your employability. We aim to train you to be versatile and adept across a variety of styles to prepare you for work both in the UK and internationally.

You will be offered a plethora of exciting opportunities during your time with us, from performance to collaboration to work based learning, all of which are designed to nurture your individual development as a distinctive and intelligent artist, as well as allowing you to focus on the style of dance most suited to your unique talents and interests.

 

Introduction

Delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet

This programme is designed to help you build a robust classical technique and prepare you for the profession as a confident, versatile and technically strong dancer. You will graduate with the skills required by professional ballet companies as well as the ability to communicate effectively with an audience through the performance of a wide variety of classical, modern, and contemporary choreography.

Our partnership with Scottish Ballet provides numerous opportunities, allowing you to gain invaluable insight into professional life. You will work regularly with Scottish Ballet staff and dancers, and internationally-acclaimed teachers and choreographers. You will also have the opportunity to participate in performances or placements.

We are the only UK conservatoire to offer training in all of the performance art disciplines and are dedicated to enabling, and encouraging, students to work collaboratively to expand their artistic horizons. You might find yourself performing on film for our screen students, choreographing a piece with our composers, or on stage at one of Scotland’s major theatres.

Our facilities are among the best in Europe and feature state of the art dance studios and professional venues, as well as a whole range of other facilities to support you.

You will take part in numerous performance opportunities, within a variety of environments and contexts, further enhancing the breadth of training, and enhancing your employability. We aim to train you to be versatile and adept across a variety of styles to prepare you for work both in the UK and internationally.

You will be offered a plethora of exciting opportunities during your time with us, from performance to collaboration to work based learning, all of which are designed to nurture your individual development as a distinctive and intelligent artist, as well as allowing you to focus on the style of dance most suited to your unique talents and interests.

 

Programme structure

Year one

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 pilates, pas de deux, pointework, virtuosity and contextual studies. In repertoire classes, work is drawn from the Romantic era. You will end your first year with a performance in the final year students’ graduation showcase.

Year two

In second year, you will focus on building upon the skills learned in first year. Choreography and choreographic collaboration are introduced, offering you the opportunity to work with other departments on the creation of a new work. In repertoire, you will gain skills as a solo performer (in both ballet and contemporary) including learning works from the classics.

Year three

Third year is a year of refinement of individual strengths and preparation for auditions for professional employment. You will have the opportunity to work with Scottish Ballet in Company class, gaining invaluable professional experience. You will develop an area of personal interest through individual projects, and your training will culminate in a graduation performance.

A typical week

In addition to the daily ballet class, students will have classes in pas de deux, contemporary dance, repertoire, pointe work, virtuosity, contextual studies, Pilates and Gyrotonics. Students will also have the opportunity to work individually with tutors on technique and repertoire solos. In addition, there will be observation sessions at Scottish Ballet and work with Company members where appropriate. The timetable is predominantly practical (generally 9am-5pm), with additional Saturday morning sessions.

Student profiles

Natasha Boon

19 year old Natasha moved from her home in Singapore to study on the BA Modern Ballet programme, enrolling in the second year of the degree.

She spoke to us about her experience of being an international student in Scotland and why she chose to study here.

 

Staff and masterclasses

Kerry Livingstone
Head of BA Modern Ballet; Head of Associate Programme, Scottish Ballet

Fabrice Maufrais
Lecturer, ex-Principal Dancer, Scottish Ballet and Nantes Opera Ballet (ballet, virtuosity, repertoire and pas de deux)

Louisa Ross
Lecturer, ex-Scottish Ballet dancer (ballet, repertoire, female solos)

Eleanor Moore
Lecturer, ex-Principal Dancer, Scottish Ballet

Linden Currey
Lecturer, BA Modern Ballet; ex-soloist, Scottish Ballet

Diana Loosmore
Lecturer, BA Modern Ballet; ex-soloist, Scottish Ballet

Nicola Roberts
Lecturer (female solos, Pilates)

Steinvor Palsson
Lecturer, BA Modern Ballet (Cunningham Technique)

Glauco Di Leito
Lecturer (male solos, pas de deux)

Mikah Smillie
Tutor (contemporary, repertoire)

Gordon Cunningham
TRX and men’s conditioning

Vanessa Smith
Lecturer, (Pilates)

Accompanists

  • Alan Costello
  • Andrew Brown
  • Christopher Nicol
  • Edward Cohen
  • Elizabeth Hart
  • David Robertson – Accompanist/Drummer (Contemporary)

In addition, students have a wide range of guest lecturers/choreographers. Recently, these have included:

  • Nicolas Blanc – Ballet master, Scottish Ballet
  • Patricia Lent – Cunningham Foundation, New York
  • Maria Himenez – Ballet Mistress, Scottish Ballet
  • Scottish Dance Theatre
  • Alvin Ailey dance Company
  • English National Ballet Company
  • Rambert Dance Company

Why choose us?

  • Delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet
  • Small class sizes
  • World-class facilities
  • Excellent staff-student ratio
  • Opportunities for artistic collaboration across RCS
  • Compete in various international competitions, including the Genée International Ballet Competition, Cecchetti International Ballet Competition, Prix de Lausanne and Young British Dancer of the Year during study
  • Opportunity to complete the Royal Academy of Dance internationally-recognised vocational graded examinations

How to apply

Applications for the BA Modern Ballet programme should be made through the UCAS Conservatoires website. There is a UCAS application fee of £24 (which is in addition to the audition fee) which allows you up to six choices of programme of study.

Before applying we recommend that you read the Guide for Applicants which provides information regarding entry requirements, and the full application and audition process. Download the Guide for Applicants here.

Entry requirements

  • National 5s – 5 passes (equivalents such as Standard Grades (Grade 1-3) or Intermediate 1 or 2 are also considered)
  • GCSEs – 5 at grade G or above
  • Knowledge of ballet vocabulary to a minimum of Intermediate level (or equivalent)
  • Appropriate physical qualities for a career in professional classical dance

We offer a flexible approach to students taking Highers over more than one academic year and/or who achieve their qualifications in more than one sitting.

Entrance to the Conservatoire is based on talent, potential and ability, therefore consideration will be given to relevant experience which is deemed to compensate for any traditional education. We accept a wide range of qualifications, including international qualifications. If you wish to check the suitability of your qualification/experience, please contact us admissions@rcs.ac.uk.

English Language

The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Other equivalent English Language qualifications may be considered, please contact us admissions@rcs.ac.uk for more information.

  • IELTS – 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component

Audition requirements

Audition requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Drama Dance Production and Screen Guide for Applicants on the following website

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees for academic year 2016-17

  • Scottish/EU Students – £1,820
  • Rest of UK (RUK) Students – £9,000
  • International (Non EU) – £15,135

Scottish/EU students

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will pay tuition fees for all eligible full-time Scottish-based and other non-UK undergraduate EU students, who are studying in Scotland at degree level for the first time. Students should apply to SAAS for payment of tuition fees even if they are not applying for any other means of support. Eligible students can also apply for student loans through SAAS . For further advice and to check eligibility contact SAAS directly on 0300 555 0505 or visit their website .

Rest of UK students

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland studying in Scotland will be eligible for the same funding/loan package that they would benefit from if they attended an institution in their home country. For further advice please visit student finance England , student financeWales , or student finance Northern Ireland as appropriate.

International students

Students from outside the EU typically fund higher education by a variety of resources, depending on the home country. More specific information on funding options relevant to specific countries can be found here .

Scholarships

Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available here

Sources of external funding

For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit here.

The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team are available to advise and assist applicants and current students in respect of queries about funding your studies at the Conservatoire. Please email or telephone +44 (0)141 270 8281/ +44 (0)141 270 8223 for further information.

Graduate destinations

Our graduating students have been contracted to a range of renowned companies, including Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Joffrey Ballet Apprenticeship, Geneva Junior Ballet, National Dance Company of Wales Apprenticeship, Universal Ballet Korea, David Hughes Dance Company, Vienna Festival Ballet, the National Theatre of Scotland and FX Saldy Dance Theatre.

 

Facilities

The main dance facilities are located within the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks, designed by the award-winning Malcolm Fraser Architects. The Wallace Studios are a short walk away from the Renfrew Street building and houses four large high-specification dance spaces, dressing rooms, showers and a gym.

See the facilities here.

Images and videos

Modern Ballet Graduation Performance 2015

Modern Ballet Graduation Performance 2014

 

 

 

Auditions

Auditions are held throughout the year, both at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and on location around the UK and internationally.

2017 Scotland and UK audition dates

  • Monday 23 January – RCS
  • Friday 10 February – RCS
  • Saturday 18 February – London
  • Monday 27 February – RCS
  • Wednesday 29 March (Final) – RCS

2017 international audition dates

  • 23 April – Ballet Divertimento, Montreal (Canada) For more information please contact hello@rcs.ac.uk

Attending an audition

You will participate in a classical ballet class which will consist of barre work, centre practice, adage, pirouettes and allegro. The class is taught by a qualified teacher and accompanied by a pianist. A panel will observe the class and will notify you of the outcome shortly after the audition.

The panel will be looking to see if you can demonstrate:

  • evidence of technique, style and the physical fitness to cope with the intensive demands of the programme
  • the ability to understand and apply instruction given by the teacher
  • the ability to communicate effectively with the teacher/choreographer and other members of the group

Candidates who are successful at the preliminary auditions will be invited to attend a recall audition. Read our Guide for Applicants to find out more about the audition process.