NYB dancer wins Molly Lake Award 2014

Courtesy of Mikah Smillie

Photo: Mikah Smillie

Back in November 2014, NYB dancer and pupil of Tring Park School for Performing Arts, Grace Swaby-Moore was crowned winner of All England Dance’s Molly Lake Award 2014! Pictured above, Grace was also winner of NYB’s 2014 Bronze Statuette.

Grace Swaby-Moore pictured with guest judge Pippa Moore of Northern Ballet


In the same month, we wished congratulations to NYB’s Padua Eaton, voted as Runner Up for the Barbara Geoghegan Award at the Cecchetti annual Competition held at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells on Sunday 23rd November! Pictured below:


NYB’s 2012 Season Poster. Photo: Tim Cross


NYB Performance Skills Workshop



By The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain

Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November 2013

For boys & girls aged 8-15yrs

at Sawmill Studios, Rectory Lane, Brasted, TN16 1JR

Carnival of the Animals FLYER

An innovative, four-day creative workshop based on the ‘Carnival of the Animals‘ and to the music of Saint Saens.

The workshop will include ballet classes, make-up classes, drama and improvisation, and aims to improve technique, develop performance skills and give dancers a taster of what it’s like to work with the Company. The workshop will culminate in a free performance to family and friends at Sawmill Studios on Friday 1st November.

Course fee: £120

Open to boys & girls aged 8-15yrs. All abilities are welcome to apply.  There is no audition process, however  previous ballet, dance and/or drama experience is necessary to attend this workshop.


Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November 2013

10am – 4pm

All teachers and NYB staff are specialists in their field and CRB checked.


NYB Autumn WorkshopThe Old Dairy, Wintersell Farm, Dwelly Lane, Edenbridge, TN8 6QD

Deadline for Applications has NOW BEEN EXTENDED until Monday 21st October 2013

The National Youth Ballet will also be running a Nyblets Holiday Workshop for children aged 4-7yrs alongside the Performance Skills Workshop at Sawmill Studios. Click here for more information.


Article from Dancing Times, December 2012 issue by Jonathan Gray

National Youth Ballet celebrated its 25th anniversary in fine style with a gala performance at Sadler’s Wells on September 2.  It was a joyous occasion, introduced by patron Monica Mason, who paid tribute to artistic director Jill Tookey.  “Children need to be, must be challenged and inspired,” Mason said, and this is something Tookey has done in abundance for generations of young dancers.

In a programme with no weak links, the dancers of NYB presented no fewer than eight works, all of them beautifully designed, staged and excellently coached and performed – the parents and teachers in the audience must have been very proud.  Opening the gala was Janet Kinson’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, a large-scale work in which Ashley Morgan-Davies danced as the mad-haired Conductor with animated flourish.  Younger students, dressed as sailors, appeared in Judith Harris’ Ship Ahoy, and I was particularly tickled by the boys in the “Drunken Sailor” dance.  Kinson’s Colour Crazy, to Prokoviev’s Classical Symphony, was exactly that – a riot of colour with masses of dancers filling the stage with movement.

Joshua Hutchings impressed with his jumps and pointed feet as Toad in extracts from Wayne Sleep’s Toad, and he reappeared again in the sumptuous celebratory ballet, 25, choreographed by Jo Meredith, in which characters from previous NYB productions, including Pedro the Parrot and Rainbow Bear, appeared and danced.

The second half included Antony Dowson’s lively and enjoyable Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes, which was followed by Drew McOnie’s Dancing Fools, a wonderful musical theatre number to Barry Manilow’s song performed by just a few of NYB’s many alumni.  Then McOnie’s The Old Man of Lochnagar, inspired by the children’s book by HRH The Prince of Wales, brought the evening to a wonderful close.  Ben Bazeley was highly effective as the Old Man, and I was impressed also by Bethany Pike’s Girl and Callum Dyer’s dangerous-looking Eagle.  I particularly enjoyed the characterisations that went on in the work, from all of the birds, fishes and gorms, and the dotty “Underwater Ballet” scene, with its Water Maidens and Watermen, was a sheer delight.

Three cheers, then, for NYB and for everyone who has been involved with it for the past 25 years.  I hope the next 25 will be equally successful.