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I understand that there are plenty more options at 16 for a career in proffesional ballet but is it possible to go to a school like Central school of ballet at 18. We have also looked at Northern Ballet School (Manchester) and Rambert at 18. We are doing this since I want to audition for vocational school when I feel ready. I'd also prefer to do my A Levels and then go to vocational school. I am very passionate about ballet as a career and dance in general but I want to hold off for a year or two until I feel completley ready. Is it possible to do this or is it preffered to audition at 16?

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in 2011, I know of an 18 year old that joined Year 12/L6th/6.1 at Elmhurst, two 18 year olds that started Central First Year and a 17 year old that joined Central First Year. This year, I know of another 18 year old starting Central First Year.. I also heard that last year, a 21 year old boy joined Central First Year

 

I don't think age is becoming too much of an issue anymore, as they will take into consideration their previous training and injuries etc etc.

 

Ballet West take a mixture of ages, again, I've heard of one 17 year old starting in September and another 18 year old.

 

London Studio Centre prefers 18 year olds, and asks for 3 A-levels to be obtained before starting their course, one of which can be a specialised Classical Ballet Course.

 

Northern Ballet School says 16+ but again, I don't think age is too much of an issue as I know of two 18 year olds that gained places this year. I also know of a 20 year old that gained a place!!

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Currently yes. As far as I know there is no age restriction on Dadas and the student funding associated with the degree courses available at Central, Rambert etc

 

However - as discussed already on this forum Dadas are under review, and I seem to remember reading somewhere that the Department for Education are looking at targeting funding to the 16 to 18 age group. Thats not to say there won't be funding available for those who are older, but it could be a very different picture in future.

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It may be slightly different as I am male, but I joined Central first year as a 24 year old. I had barely any training but they obviously saw something in me, which goes some way to show that it's more about what they think they can achieve with an individual over the course of three years.

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