About RDB Summerschool

The Royal Danish Ballet


July 9th - 28th 2018



What does it take to become a professional dancer today? The dance world places increasingly higher demands on dancers worldwide. On top of hard work and discipline, the 21st century dancer is expected to master a wide range of styles and techniques from classical ballet to modern and jazz. We aim to provide the ideal framework for our students to develop these skills in order to meet the technical and artistic challenges of today’s leading ballet companies.

For three weeks in July, we offer a focused course with renowned international teachers representing different styles and traditions of the dance world. In the historical facilities of The Royal Danish Ballet, we strive to strengthen the internationally-minded outlook of our students. Our tailor-made curriculum will help our students gain the knowledge and experience that can go a long way in securing a job within a highly competitive art form.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the details of our 2018 summer course - A program that will help challenge and develop the artists of tomorrow.


Alexander W. Stæger

Director, The Royal Danish Ballet - Summer School.


The Summer School takes place from July 9th-28th, 2018 in the facilities of the renowned Royal Danish Ballet at The Royal Theatre in the center of Copenhagen.

Enrolled students get the chance to work on pieces from highly respected choreographers featured in world-class companies around the world. On July 28th enrolled students will be able to take part in a performance on one of the Royal Theater’s professional stages showcasing excerpts from the various classes.

We will also offer various lectures about August Bournonville and his ballets as well as other social activities.

Programs and registration

The Royal Danish Ballet - Summer School consists of four unique programs:





Teaching Staff

The full teaching staff will be announced here shortly and presented with biographies and photos.


The Royal Danish Ballet - Summer School does not offer official housing. However, we have a network of trusted landlords that have rented out their apartments to students in the past at very reasonable rates. There is a limited number of apartments available. 

As a guideline, the rates are: 3,500 DKK per week (apartment with 2 students), larger apartments (room for 3+ students) cost 1,500 DKK per student/week.

If travelling alone, the Summer School office will pair you with another student. Apartments are located in close proximity to the theater or our safe and reliable public transportation system.

 If you are interested in being placed in an apartment, please send a mail to mesp@kglteater.dk after you have registered and paid, and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

The Summer School facilitates contact between landlords and students but is not involved with the rental process itself, including terms and conditions. The Summer School will not be held accountable for any issues that may arise between these parties.

Housing is unsupervised.



Apply for a scholarship

Due to a generous donation from the Beckett Foundation, a number of half- and full-tuition scholarships are available to both Danish and International students.

Registered students between the ages of 15–20 may apply for a scholarship for the 2018 Summer School. Scholarships strictly cover tuition fees and cannot be used to cover travel expenses or accommodation.

To be considered please provide the following:

  • A personal description of the applicant including age, nationality and dance experience.
  • Reasons why you feel you should be considered for a scholarship
  • A short audition video (app. 10 min.) incl. excerpts from barre and center.
  • Does the student receive funding from other Foundations?
  • Will the student attend other summer programs?

Please send your application to Summerschool@kglteater.dk

Applications must be submitted by May 15th 2018.

Awarded scholarships

The Birger Bartholin Scholarship: Each year the teachers and staff of the Royal Danish Ballet – Summer School select a number of especially hard working students. These students are rewarded for their excellent performance and inspiring commitment with a full-tuition scholarship for the next year’s summer course.

The Bob Fosse Scholarship: In memory of the late Bob Fosse. Since 2015 the Royal Danish Ballet – Summer School has had the privilege of awarding a number of full-tuition scholarships to students whose passion and dedication to their craft would have made the old master proud.

The Royal Danish Ballet

The Royal Danish Ballet is the world's third oldest ballet company. It originates from 1748 and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1771 the company established the Royal Danish Ballet School which is, as well, among the oldest of its kind.

With its unique Bournonville tradition and an eye for innovation the company has always managed to present a varied repertoire of high quality.

One of the Royal Danish Ballet's core tasks is to continue and develop Bournonville ballets known for their fine sense of mimetic narrative and effortless ease. The legacy of August Bournonville will always be the backbone of the Company's repertoire, but the company also has the capacity to interpret the magnificent ballets from the Russian tradition and an ambition to constantly expand and renew the repertoire with works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins as well as new works by contemporary ballet choreographers.

Being able to present a broad and demanding repertoire of high artistic quality requires a large company of skilled and talented dancers who can master the many varied tasks and styles in more than 80 annual performances.

Contact us

Studio Entrance:

Tordenskjoldsgade no. 8 (August Bournonville Passage), Royal Theatre

Dates: July 9th – July 28th, 2018


Royal Danish Ballet - Summer School
Att.: Alexander W. Stæger
Postboks 2185
1017 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Phone: +45 27 12 96 91

E-mail: summerschool@kglteater.dk