Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

From their 1920s origin as one a single organisation, Marie Rambert’s school and company gradually became separate entities.

The Rambert School was directed by Marie Rambert’s daughter Angela Ellis for many years, and was based at the Mercury Theatre. In 1979, Ellis retired and Rambert School moved to temporary accommodation at The Place under the direction of Brigitte Kelly. In the same year the newly formed Rambert Academy opened at West London Institute of Higher Education with Gary Sherwood as Director and Christopher Bruce as an artistic advisor. Rambert School at The Place divided: one half went to join what is now Central School of Ballet under Christopher Gable, and the other moved to Twickenham. In 1984 the two Rambert Schools merged to become one (Ballet Rambert School).

Ross McKim assumed the role of Principal in 1985, and the school was renamed Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. In the 1990s this was attached to Brunel University, but in 2003 for artistic, educational and financial reasons, Rambert School became independent. Rambert School developed its current site with generous support from the Linbury Trust among others.

In 2005 the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) degrees were validated by the University of Kent, and Rambert School joined the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, bringing it into the Higher Education sector. The dual focus on both ballet and contemporary dance which began in the 1970s has been maintained, concentrating on technique and creative exploration. Rambert School produces powerful, expressive and versatile performers.

In 2016, the relationship between Rambert School and Rambert is the strongest it has ever been. The school is led by former Rambert dancer Amanda Britton, there are six Rambert School graduates dancing in the Rambert company, and a number of collaborative projects have brought school and company together. Marking the 90th anniversary of Ballet Rambert’s first performances, Handel’s The Creation, with choreography by Mark Baldwin, features the full company of dancers and 28 students from Rambert School.

Contact Rambert School

Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance
Clifton Lodge, St. Margarets Drive, Twickenham TW1 1QN


Tel: 020 8892 9960
Email: info[ATSIGN]rambertschool.org.uk

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