"As parents, it’s really exciting for us to see what (our daughter) is a part of and the professionalism and high standards of dance she is being exposed to. We are very happy and proud that she is a part of Chantry and she feels welcome and valued. She loves her associate classes and is learning so much." (Associate Student's Parent) "Never seen her so happy with her dancing, she loves it. Thank you to everyone at Chantry for making this possible for her." (Associate Student's Parent)
Our young dancers of today are professional dancers of the future. Chantry School's Associate Programmes seek to prepare these young dancers for full-time training and the professional industry. We aim to nurture, develop and inspire the UK's most talented young dancers, and encourage them to be courageous in their dancing in order to reach new levels in their technique and interpretative skills.
Chantry School offers 5 different full Associate Programmes suitable for the student dancer as a complement to the training they already receive at their dance school or college. We offer courses in:
Chantry School is a vocational British dance school and our standards are professional and exacting. We encourage students to commit fully to the demands of any Associate Programme they attend and present and conduct themselves accordingly.
Chantry Full Associates have gone on to gain places at vocational schools including: Chantry School Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance Trinity Laban Laines School of Theatre Arts Central School of Ballet London Studio Centre MADD School of BTUK Performers College
Rebecca Scanlon was a student on the Chantry School Full Associate Programme from mid-way through the 2013-2014 academic year until the end of the 2015 academic year. At the time of joining the Associate Programme, Rebecca was also in full-time vocational training at Elmhurst School for Dance, and was actively seeking to have a professional career in dance.
Following her graduation from Elmhurst, Chantry Dance (the professional company that incorporates Chantry School as it’s official school) offered Rebecca a position as an Apprentice Dancer. She danced with the company in their 2015 Autumn season, taking on a character role and ensemble work in the ballet ‘Vincent – a stranger to himself’.
Rebecca then spent a year with Northern Ballet and is now working with Chantry Dance in a full company member role. Chantry was delighted not only to have assisted her in her dance education, but also her first step into the professional world.
Rebecca had this to say about her time with Chantry: “Auditioning for Chantry Associates was a turning point in my dance education. Previous to dancing with Chantry I had a predominantly balletic background but wanted to branch out into other styles. Rae and Paul not only taught how to use my body in new ways but also taught me and helped me grow my own choreographic ideas. Without Chantry Associates I would never have been able to even apply for some of the projects I have been lucky enough to be involved in and their teaching has changed my whole career trajectory for the better. However none of this would have been possible without the 25% scholarship I received. I come from a large family who do everything they can to support me but the full fees of the course were just too much at that time. That scholarship gave me the opportunity to grow as a dancer and opened doors that have only helped my career.”
Chantry School has been awarded Recognised School status by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre, and has been awarded the Council’s certificate of good professional practice. Schools awarded CDMT’s Recognised School Award demonstrate that their pre-vocational courses adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard students in their dance training.