Each spring NYB holds auditions with entries from ballet students aged 8 -18 nationwide. First round auditions will be held in London and Guildford and take about 1 hour, giving the adjudication panel the chance to see dancers in small classes. Those dancers who are recalled will return for a day for the final audition and castings.
Once dancers have been offered a place in the Company for the season there may be one or two workshops prior to the 10 day residential Summer School, held for the last 3 years at Tring Park School for Performing Arts.
Following on from Summer School there will be 5 performances at a regional theatre, in 2013 it will be the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, and a Gala evening will be held at a London theatre on a Sunday in September.
NYB’s Outreach Programme educates children about the importance of fitness and gives children, who might otherwise not have the opportunity, a chance to experience dance and performance. Outreach also works with children who have special needs, such as the deaf, the blind, the physically and mentally disabled. NYB dance workshops have touched the lives of many children in deprived inner city areas and introduced them to fitness and fun as a healthy way of living. The content of the workshops is tailored to the abilities of the children with special needs and the theme of the workshops links in with the ballets the Company is performing.
As Jo Meredith leader of the Outreach team said ” I hope that the workshops have made the children realise that anybody, no matter what their background, can dance and that ballet can be engaged with and enjoyed by all!”
- Ashford Oaks Primary School, Ashford
- Churchill C.E Primary School, Westerham
- Darenth Community Primary School, Dartford
- Dorton House, Seal. Special school for visually impaired children
- John Wesley Primary School, Ashford
- Moor House School, Hurst Green. Specialising in the education of children with communication disorders.
- Longmead Community Primary School, Tonbridge
- Oaktrees Community School, Maidstone
- Southborough Primary School, Southborough
- The Vale School, Haringey for children with physical disabilities
Nyblets creative holiday workshops are aimed at younger children aged 4 -8 who are not old enough to audition to join the main Company.
Nyblets launched in April 2012 with a highly successful Hansel and Gretel themed workshop in Sevenoaks which covered dance, drama, make-up and prop-making.
Children do not need to have had previous dance experience to enjoy joining a Nyblets workshop.
The next workshop based around the story of The Snow Queen will be in December – see our Events section for more information.