Time In Motion, 30th Anniversary Season






A mixed-bill programme, the 30th Anniversary Performance comprises an impressive array of short ballets that will take you on a compelling journey through time.  The performance opens with Christopher Hampson’s abstract ballet Carnival set to Saint-Saëns’s humorous score.  Next comes Jonathan Payn and Samira Saidi’s beautiful classical works, IKEN and Aspirations, followed by Etta Murfitt’s  characterful narrative work inspired by the Dream Ballet from Oklahoma!  We will then venture into the future with a bold, new contemporary piece by Rambert graduate Arielle Smith, a playful short ballet for our Junior Company by Louise Bennet, closing with a keenly anticipated premiere from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s First Artist and choreographer Ruth Brill.

Meet the Creative Team 

Our 30th Anniversary Season begins in Birmingham in August where we are hosting our annual Summer School at Elmhurst, closely followed by four performances at The Crescent Theatre.  Central to The National Youth Ballet’s ethos is fostering young talent, and providing a platform to perform.  Our Beyond Ballet mentoring programme, is going from strength to strength and this Season we have three emerging choreographers creating new works, three young students are developing their skills as rehearsal directors and we are thrilled to have Kenneth MacLeod, semi-finalist for The Linbury Prize for Stage Design, also joining The NYB team.

We are also delighted to announce that one of our Patron’s David Bintley, CBE, will be the guest Judge for our in-house choreographic competition which takes place at Summer School.  The winning piece will be showcased within our Time in Motion Season at both The Crescent Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.

Towards the close of 2016, The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain (The NYB) was delighted to appoint Mikah Smillie as its new Artistic Director.  Under her dynamic leadership, the NYB continues to provide a unique opportunity for young performers to perform to both newly commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces by the dance industry’s top choreographers.   This year we have reconfigured our casting strategy in an attempt to give every student in the main cast,  regardless of age or ability,  equal opportunities as much as we are able. This means that every student will be performing in at least two choreographic pieces.

Mikah is committed to broadening the reach of the Company across the UK and this year The National Youth Ballet held auditions in Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester as well as London.  Masterclasses also took place alongside auditions, providing exciting opportunities to be taught by some of NYB’s professional ambassadors and alumni – Jonathan Payn, Erina Takashashi, James Streeter and Carrie Johnson.


Join our Summer Outreach Programme !

Interested in dance and would like a chance to create and perform ?




15th-19th AUGUST 2016

An innovative, five day creative dance and movement course with NYB outreach choreographer and teacher, Claire Sibley. Inspired by Saint-Saens wonderfully humorous score, ‘Carnival of The Animals’ the course culminates in a performance to parents and friends at the Studio Theatre at Elmhurst School on Saturday 19th August at 4pm .


Download your Application Form Here

Summer Performance workshop 2017-application form Master


INSPIRED BY the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain’s 30th Anniversary Season repertoire .

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS  :   music by Camille Saint-Saëns

An old tortoise looks to the sky and dreams of flying with the  majestic birds and playing with the rainbow. The ballet tells of the
Tortoises journey,  along with his Carnival Animal friends,  as they adventure to try and fly with the rainbow…….

Course Fee £185

Boys and Girls, aged 7-14 years, of all abilities are welcome to apply.  There is no audition process, although some previous ballet, dance or drama experience is necessary to attend this course.


9:30 a.m. Tuesday 15th August 2017


Daily 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Practice dancewear or a suitable alternative should be worn.


  • Daily Dance and Drama Classes
  • Creative workshops and rehearsals with NYB Outreach choreographer Claire Sibley
  • Create an exciting ‘New Work’ for The Outreach Company based on The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain’s  2017 Season Repertoire
  • An informal showcase, fully costumed by the NYB wardrobe department.
  • Watch the National Youth Ballet Company in rehearsals for the 2017 Season

Please bring your own packed lunch and refreshments for each day.  We would advise early registration as numbers are limited.

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

Parents should complete the application form and send to: NYB Outreach Summer Course, The Old Dairy, Wintersell Farm, Dwelly Lane, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6QD together with a cheque for £185 made out to National Youth Ballet or online to National Youth Ballet of Great Britain, sort code: 40-01-13, Account Number: 61772287, Reference: Applicant’s name.