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Chance to Dance

The annual performance from the Royal Opera House’s company that offers children the opportunity to experience dance creatively.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Chance to Dance. It was last on stage 3 June 2017 as part of the Spring 2016/17 season.


Chance to Dance is the longest-standing flagship programme run by the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation department. Since 1991 it has introduced approximately 30,000 young people aged between seven and 11 to ballet.

The programme, which currently works with schools across Thurrock, Lambeth and Southwark, invites Year 3 children who show particular aptitude or enthusiasm for dance to join the Chance to Dance company for up to four years, where they enjoy regular classes, workshops and performance opportunities as well as attendance at family events, Royal Ballet dress rehearsals and Schools Matinee performances.

Participants have the excitement of working with professional choreographers, learning about the repertory of The Royal Ballet and developing their own versions of the classics, which have included over the years such ballets as The Firebird, La Fille mal gardée and The Rite of Spring, performed alongside Royal Ballet dancers.

Some of the graduates of the programme have gone on to vocational schools and professional companies, and all have the wonderful experience of being ignited with a love of dance and appreciation of the art form.

The 2017 performances are inspired by The Royal Ballet’s Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton’s ballet The Dream. A magical re-telling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this ballet offers rich opportunities to spark the children’s imaginations and develop their own creative movement ideas. Royal Ballet dancers will share the stage with children from levels 2, 3 and 4. Kristen McNally (Royal Ballet Soloist and Choreographer) has worked collaboratively with Chance to Dance practitioners to create a new work for the level 4 children.