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Royal Ballet School

The Royal Ballet School enjoys worldwide recognition as a renowned institution for classical ballet training. Its Royal Charter, linking it with the Royal Ballet Companies, assures its purpose and its commitment to excellence. The founding of the School came in 1926, when Dame Ninette de Valois opened her Academy of Choreographic Art. Inspired to create a repertory ballet company and school, she collaborated with Lilian Baylis, lessee and Manager of the Old Vic Theatre. When Lilian Baylis acquired the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, de Valois moved the School there in 1931, and it became The Vic-Wells Ballet School feeding dancers into The Vic-Wells Ballet Company.

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