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 2019-20 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)
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Meet The Trainees



Connie is mainly a contemporary dancer, who wishes to pursue this as a career in the future. She is currently taking a year out after her A-levels before going onto further her training in dance. The trainee scheme would allow her to maintain and improve the high levels of fitness and technique needed to successfully pursue a career in dance in the future. During the programme she hopes to gain a glimpse into a career within the arts sector in order to help with future career choices. As part of the traineeship she is excited for various opportunities to perform alongside the RISE performance group on professional stages.