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Chance to Dance

Chance to Dance provides a creative introduction to Ballet for all Year 3 children in Thurrock, Lambeth and Southwark.

A combination of practical workshops and Royal Ballet demonstrations capture their imagination and allow children to experience the magic of Ballet. These projects often spark a life-long passion for dance.

Children who are identified with an enthusiasm and aptitude are invited to join the Chance to Dance company for up to four years. The company meets weekly and work towards an annual performance alongside dancers from the Royal Ballet as well as getting involved with special Royal Opera House projects and performances.

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Schools and Colleges

Programmes for students of different ages and levels of experience.


Develop your own skills with our courses and programmes, designed to help you deliver the Arts in the classroom in creative, innovative ways.

Learning in Thurrock

Royal Opera House Learning in Thurrock works with schools, colleges and communities through a programme of locally based projects.

Royal Opera House Bridge

Royal Opera House is one of ten national ‘Bridges’ that work across England to connect children and young people with great art and culture.

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We have a huge bank of videos, audio and resources free for you to download or view on iTunes U.

Contact us

For enquiries about any of the ROH Learning and Participation projects, telephone +44 (0)20 7212 9410 or email

News and features

  1. 15 January 2015

    Orfeo: An opera of debuts and collaborations, and the young people at the heart of it

    How The Royal Opera and the Roundhouse are engaging with the next generation of artists through Monteverdi’s Orfeo, the first great opera.

  2. 13 January 2015

    Free exhibition at ROH focuses on the skills and passion of apprentices

    Exhibition offers an insight into training opportunities within the arts.

  3. 27 December 2014

    On the first day of Christmas, the Royal Opera House gave to me....

    Our Learning and Participation department have been busy all year. Find out a bit more about what we've been up to and who we've enjoyed working with.