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Chance to Dance

Children from levels 1, 2 and 3 classes in the Royal Opera House's flagship learning programme Chance to Dance perform their own dances inspired by the new Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Chance to Dance. It was last on stage 17 June 2018 as part of the Summer 2017/18 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 eleven 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. They 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 2018 performances are inspired by the new Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake. 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 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Children in levels 1, 2 and 3 classes have created their own dances inspired by specific themes or characters from the ballet, choreographed by the Chance to Dance Practitioners. These will be showcased in the Linden Studio Theatre at the Royal Ballet School, Covent Garden, on Sunday 17 June 2018 at 5pm and 7pm.