ENBS Professional Trainee Programme

English National Ballet School
Professional Trainee Programme 2020/2021



The programme – who is it for?

This one-year programme is designed for dancers aged 18 to 22 years who have successfully completed a full-time vocational ballet course.  Students will be invited to enrol in summer 2020. The programme will run from October 2020 to June 2021.

Entry requirements

Normally, a three-year vocational training in classical ballet is a pre-requisite for entry to the programme.

Purpose and aims of the programme

This programme of study aims to enhance participants’ experience of the demands of a professional life in dance, building on the professional-level training they have already undertaken. It will provide intense training in classical and contemporary techniques, including classes and personalised coaching, to refine skills and enhance versatility in readiness for a professional career.


The programme will offer classical and contemporary classes with individually tailored repertoire, enabling participants to focus on developing their interpretative skills and individuality as a dancer, thereby enhancing their versatility as a dance artist.  Personalised instruction will be given in CV writing, audition images and videos, and use of social media.

In partnership with the profession

Through a partnership with Dancers' Career Development (DCD), workshops and one to one personal and career coaching sessions will be delivered. The programme will aim to equip students with a healthy, responsive and adaptable mind set for professional life. There will also be opportunities to take class and watch rehearsals with leading UK dance companies.

Time commitment

Students will train at English National Ballet School for 17.5 contact hours per week for each term of study.  This will be supported by self-study of approximately 10 hours each week arising from the taught content of the programme. The programme will consist of three terms of ten weeks.


Class sizes will be kept small to ensure individual focus.  Participants will be coached and taught by English National Ballet School staff including Viviana Durante together with a roster of guest teachers/coaches and lecturers changing termly.  The programme will be delivered in close contact with English National Ballet School physiotherapy and Pilates instructors. 


The programme will create opportunities for students to join classes with leading UK companies. Details to be confirmed.


To be announced but will include English National Ballet School.


£8,000 for new students 

Further details 

Please note that further information regarding the programme is currently in development.

Overseas applicants may require a visa to study in the UK. You must ensure you have a valid visa to study in the UK between October 2020 and June 2021 at the time of application.

How to apply  

Applications for the 2020/2021 entry are now closed.