English National Ballet

Ballet Pipeline Project

We want to invest in the talent pipeline to ensure the future face of ballet reflects the diversity of the society we live in. Our new Ballet Pipeline Project will provide opportunities for young dancers (aged 8-12) from underrepresented groups to realise their full potential.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (214005)

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Championed by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom


Classical ballet lacks diversity in its workforce and leadership, with structural barriers such as the cost of ballet training, the perception of a certain body aesthetic ballet companies are looking for and lack of relatable role models creating inequality of opportunity. We are raising funds to address this inequality at the earliest possible stage, and ask for your help to invest in the talent pipeline, to ensure the future face of ballet reflects and celebrates the diversity of the society.


We will provide high-quality, earlystage, ballet training programme for children aged 8-12 years, offering bursaries to make classes more accessible. The programme aims to contribute to and promote a diverse classical landscape by proactively encouraging and incentivising more dancers from traditionally underrepresented groups to participate in professional ballet training at the earliest possible point.

  • There are spaces to be filled in the dance training system for young artists who are representative of the world we live in. By working with dance schools for children, this project will provide gifted and talented individuals with space to grow into their potential as young artists.

    — Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director

  • We all know representation has a huge effect especially on the younger minds. We have a duty to make them aware they are capable of anything they put their mind to, with support and encouragement of the elders around them

    — Shevelle Dynott, former Artist of the Company and facilitator on the Ballet Futures programme