The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense
The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense is a modern private school with a cultural profile. The school offers a unique primary education in classical ballet and modern dance in an innovative learning environment, where dance, personal development, and education dance together.
At the Ballet School, classes in primary education (Læseskole) and dance and ballet lessons are taught on the same campus, but are divided between two buildings to create clarity between the academic and the artistic parts. It works well for the students. This means that they know when there are dance and ballet lessons and when there are academic subjects. In addition to training as dancers, the students also receive a primary school education. The school has two artistic lines, a Ballet Line and a Modern Dance Line. Additional information can be read below.
The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense has students from Pre-Kindergarten through 9th grade. After school care (SFO) is offered for students from Pre-K through 4th grade.
To be admitted to the school, one must pass an entrance exam.
Kindergarten has its own entrance exam, which usually lies in October of the year prior to the student starting school, to provide parents with school options. The entrance exam is for both the Modern Dance Line and the Ballet Line. It is the school’s leaders who determine which line the student will go on.
The Ballet School is a part of the Royal Theater, which has three Ballet Schools respectively in Copenhagen, Odense, and Holstebro.
Together with our affiliate, the Academy of Modern Dance and Classical Ballet (AMOK), the Ballet School also offers a higher dance education (AMOK-DGU). The education at the Ballet School Odense can therefore be extended through 12th grade.
The Ballet School also offers public dance classes (AMOK-Fritid) for children, teens, and adults of all ages.
The Ballet School and AMOK together are one ensemble: “Company Karma”.
The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense has three artistic lines:
Pre-K, K, 1st-2nd grades: Preparatory primary training in classical ballet and modern dance
The Ballet Line
3rd-6th grades: Preparatory primary training in classical ballet for admission to the Royal Theater Ballet School Copenhagen
The Dance Line
3rd-6th grades: Preparatory primary training in modern dance and classical ballet
7th-9th grades: Preparatory secondary training in classical ballet and modern dance for admission to DGU.
Why choose the Ballet School?
It is very special to be a student at the Ballet School. It is a world of dance and movement - with homework, costumes, and adventures and training, rehearsals, and performances. To become a ballet or modern dancer one needs an education full of experiences and opportunities. For some, it may be a life choice. Throughout their education, students are prepared for a life as professional performing artists. But already now, as students, they are ambassadors of dance. The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense performs many times a year with shows and workshops, bringing joy and unique experiences to our audiences and students alike.
In the future, the Royal Theater Ballet School Odense is working on:
- developing its own youth company
- continuing to renovate its physical campus to follow the school's development. The school in its physical form will appear both classic and inspiring, yet modern.
The school's environment and values
See future strategies here: Mission- vision- strategi
At the Royal Theater Ballet School Odense, we strive:
- to have focus on the whole person through attentiveness and Christian charity
- for our work to have meaning
- to always have quality and aesthetics in our deeds and surroundings
- to be a democratic community with room for development
- to provide space for joy, dreams, and contemplation
- to be resourceful and demonstrate commitment
OPEN COMMUNICATION AND INVOLVING CULTURE
The Ballet School focuses on open communication and an inclusive and participatory culture, where the organization is respected and development is supported.
Communication is appreciative and all have confidence in and insight into the school's Company Karma.
- Appreciative and constructive forms of communication
- Sparring between students, staff, school leaders, and the Board of Directors
- Open, constructive, and regular dialogue between parents and the Ballet School
Values from the school's principal, Inge Fjord:
- We want to create a unique generation of dancers, and all teaching is based on positive psychology with a focus on individual coaching and development.
- We want to be an open institution with focus on communication and an inclusive and participatory culture.
- We want to attract talented and ambitious children and teens who are interested in pursuing a professional dance career.
- We collaborate with local, national, and international cultural partners and educational institutions, thereby creating a high professional artistic level. We want to stand on new stages, to work with different art forms and groups.
- We want to be 'branded' as a school with a high artistic level, as well as to participate in cultural events.
WE COLLABORATE WITH MANY PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCTIONS
The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense collaborates with a large number of cultural institutions and performing arts productions, including the Royal Theater, Odense Theater, Teater Momentum, Odense Symphony Orchestra, and the Odense Municipality, among others. This means that the students at the school have the opportunity to take part in various stage productions, giving them valuable insight into a life as a performing artist. We consider this participation part of their stage education and the students' participation is therefore always unpaid.
Great efforts are made to involve parents in their child's school life at the Ballet School. We use Edulife, as the school’s form of communication, to provide information to both students and parents. Furthermore, Principal Inge Fjord writes a public newsletter to parents every Friday detailing both past events and upcoming arrangements, as well as other important information.
To let one’s child go to an entrance exam at the Royal Theater Ballet School Odense is to give one’s child the opportunity to go to a unique school that encourages and develops the child's talent, while the child, at the same time, receives a quality primary education. However, there are also some conditions that all parents should keep in mind before letting their child go to the entrance exam. Please read them here.
The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense is a private school based on N. F. S. Grundtvig’s views of human nature combined with Christen Kold’s views of school.
The Ballet School was established in 2001 as part of the Royal Theater. The school was created in a collaboration between the Odense Municipality, Odense Theater, and the Royal Theater and these three are still active partners. The school in its physical form is both classic and inspiring, yet modern.
As a private school, the Ballet School has tremendous flexibility in organizing its teaching. It is thus not the organization of the teaching, but the results of that teaching that must comply with national primary school standards. We are proud to say that our graduating students’ exams are consistently above average. Read more about the primary school (Læseskolen) here.
The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense is a member of the Danish Private School Association (Dansk Friskoleforening).
The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense’s teachers have a high professionalism, both among the academic faculty and the artistic faculty. The school is constantly evolving and developing and strengthening the students' competencies. The Ballet School is a cultural institution that forms and trains versatile, competent, and strong dancers.
One could say that the Ballet School teaches the same dance steps today as it did 200 years ago. But that is where the similarities end. Today’s Ballet School is a modern private school and cultural institution with a top dance profile that offers a unique primary education in modern dance and classical ballet in an innovative learning environment where dance, personal development, and education dance together. The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense brings value to the outside world through offering a professional primary education in both academics and dance with an innovative approach to the performing arts.
Similar to other private schools, students pay tuition at the Ballet School and our tuition is equivalent to other private schools - even though the Royal Theater Ballet School Odense offers a particularly high academic level and a top dance profile.
Read here information about tuition (Skolepenge).
The Royal Theater Ballet School Odense is continuously evolving, an evolution which is strengthened by the school’s close, constructive, and creative collaboration with various cultural institutions and performing arts productions. This collaboration means, among other things, that the school often has students participating in productions at Odense Theater, Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Odense Municipality, the H.C. Andersen Festivals and many, many more. This collaboration gives our students experience in participating in unique performing arts productions. The Ballet School considers this participation part of their students’ education and their participation is therefore always unpaid. See the photographs in the News Feed (Nyhedsfeed) as well as in the Gallery (Galleriet) from some of these extraordinary productions.