Rise trainee programme

The RISE Trainee Programme, launched in 2016, was designed to offer young dancers aged 18 and upwards a higher level of dance training, a chance to develop their teaching skills through their relationship with RISE Youth Dance, as well as real experience of what it’s like to be a dance artist in the industry today.  

Students benefit from a full day a week of training delivered by professional dance artists, participation in all RISE Youth Dance classes and weekly individual mentor sessions with Helen Wilson, among so much more. Students take an active role in discussing and developing future projects and are supported in expanding their skills beyond dance and into the realm of arts administration, fundraising and more. 


For more information about the 2018-19 trainee scheme please take a look at our information pack.

To apply, please fill out the application form and send to Sarah Kingswell at sarah.riseyouthdance@gmail.com.

My time on the RISE trainee scheme has been incredibly valuable in getting me to my goal of continuing my training at London Contemporary Dance School commencing in September. I have learnt many skills that I know will be crucial to pursuing my career as a dance artist.
— Delilah (2016-17 Training programme graduate)
dink leg.jpg

Meet The Trainees




Maia's dream has always been to be become an actress, but from the age of eight she began dancing. Ever since, dance has aided this dream. She began dancing to make herself a more versatile performer, but has ended up developing a deep passion for it. This year she wanted more of a challenge and to experiment with a completely new style. Maia found RISE online, and it looked like the perfect training scheme; not only does it keep her fit, and maintain her technique but it also pushes her to move my body in a way that she has little experience of. At the start of 2018, she will be auditioning for multiple drama schools (as well as a few musical theatre courses – she loves to sing as well) and hopes to become a professional actress, who has had advanced dance training. I look forward to growing throughout the course as a performer and challenging myself out of my comfort zone.

Chloe is currently taking a year out from studying Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL. Contemporary dance, in particular Pedestrian Movement and Tanztheatre, has given Chloe much inspiration in the creation of her work both visually and conceptually. In the last year, Chloe took part in the Laban Summer School and started attending weekly classes at Siobhan Davies Studios, which both, in part, encouraged her to defer her final year of university to focus on dance. As a child, Chloe studied dance, but never had the option of taking Contemporary classes, so finding the RISE Training Scheme has already opened up opportunities for creating and performing that are growing her experience already. Through the training scheme, Chloe aims to grow her confidence, as well as improve her technique and experience in order to prepare herself for auditioning for dance school.



Having danced since a young age in different styles of dance, Imogen graduated from Falmouth University with BA Hons Dance in 2014. After graduating she wanted to see what else the world had to offer, living and working in Australia. She returned from Australia in May 2017 with the intention to kick start her participation in the dance world again and felt that the training scheme was a great place to do so. Throughout this year, Imogen hopes to expand her knowledge on styles of dance that she doesn't have experience in; such as carnival and dancehall. she would also like to use this opportunity to keep developing her contemporary performance and choreographic skills. In the future she see herself as working, practicing and teaching dance in Bristol and the southwest, however would love
to tour within a professional dance company.


The RISE Training Programme is kindly supported by Bristol Old Vic Engagement