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Chance to Dance

Children from the level 4 class in the Royal Opera House's Chance to Dance programme perform work created alongside choreographer Sarah Dowling and First Artist with The Royal Ballet Nathalie Harrison.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Chance to Dance. It was last on stage 2 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.

Sarah Dowling (Choreographer) and Nathalie Harrison (Royal Ballet, First Artist) have worked collaboratively with the Chance to Dance Practitioners to create a new work for the level 4 children. This interpretation of Swan Lake will be performed in the Royal Opera House Clore Studio on 2 June 2018 at 4.15pm and 5.30pm.