Who We Are
We provide unique and inspiring opportunities for young people across the UK to create, perform and take part in ballet. At the heart of our annual season is a two week residential programme, where our Performance Company of over one hundred young dancers come together with a team of professional dancers, choreographers, teachers, musicians, designers, eminent composers costumiers and technicians. As part of our strategic focus to develop talent and potential our aim is for them to experience the journey from studio to stage and emulate the experience of being in a professional dance company. There are three strands to this.
First is our Residential Performance Company. Each year we hold auditions to identify talent and give places to approximately 100 young people aged 9-18. It’s an immersive experience and culminates in regional performances followed by a Gala performance at Sadler’s Wells theatre, London.
At the same time, we continue to deliver Beyond Ballet, our initiative that supports emerging artists in the early stages of their career. This is aimed at graduates and professionals in their early years aged 18-35 and offers aspiring Rehearsal Directors, Choreographers, Costume Designers, Lighting Designers and Musicians the chance to work in our company alongside established professionals and receive mentorship, shadowing opportunities and for their work to be profiled within a professional context.
Our third programme is affiliated with schools and community groups, and is designed to extend our mission and create more opportunities to take part in ballet. Our Outreach programme launched in 2004 and offers many children their first experience of dance and creative movement. NYB has visited over 60 schools covering more than 14 different themes.
Achieving these three strands of activity is dependant on our access to a team of professionals. Across each of these areas we are committed to increasing diversity as we aim to extend our geographical reach and offer opportunities to those who wouldn’t ordinarily have access or the financial means.
Continued success depends on our pursuit of excellence, pushing boundaries creatively and building collaborations and partnerships.