Be part of our incredible team. Be inspired by ballet and performance. Make new friends. Know that you’re integral to what we do – three fabulous reasons to get volunteering.
It’s the skills, time and expertise of our volunteers that operationally facilitate and help the growth and development of our company and make what we do unique. Whether you’re looking to help in our Wardrobe department, be a House Parent at our Residential Performance Company, Chaperone, help out backstage or as part of our administration team, we have lots of roles that might appeal.
National Youth Ballet is a Registered Charity. We work with children aged 9-19 years and we have a duty of care to children with whom we work and their parents, carers and guardians that their safety is of primary concern. To apply as a volunteer you must be over 16, have an updated DBS check and have confirmed you have read all our policies.
Wardrobe Assistants work under the direction of our Wardrobe Mistress and Shoe Co-ordinator as part of our two week residential. They are also integral to our performances helping with quick changes and alterations. You will need to be hard working, organised and able to think on your feet and we work with our volunteers to set the role depending on their experience.
Make-Up, Wigs and Hair
We have a small professional team that join our company at the theatres for dress rehearsals and performances. Assistants work under the direction of our Head of Make-Up and Wardrobe and specifically we look for hard-working volunteers with some experience in theatre make up and wigs.
Within our technical team we have a Technical Manager, Stage Manager and Deputy Stage Manager who are involved with each season from its outset and organize/run the technical and stage aspects of each production. They are supported by a dedicated team of volunteers, comprising of friends, parents, ex-dancers, and work experience candidates without whom the show could not go on! Experience ranges from over a decade with NYB to a recent drama school graduate to a first time technical goer.
There is no specific divide within the crew between lighting, sound and stage duties as everyone is encouraged to get involved with all aspects, however personal interests are always appreciated.
Working on stage can include the movement of props, furniture, set, flown cloths and laying the dance floor. Technical aspects can include rigging & cabling of lights, sound equipment and speakers, operating followspots and sometimes the lighting desk during performances.
The season for the technical team comprises a week at a regional venue which includes set up – putting the technical aspects of the production into the theatre, a dress rehearsal and performances at the regional venue. These are then followed by a Gala Performance normally on a London stage.
Chaperones are integral to the running of our Residential Performance Company and performances. To apply to Chaperone you must therefore have an approved up to date Chaperone Licence from your Local Authority. We ensure that the appropriate number of Local Authority approved chaperones are engaged to care for the children with specific regard to their sex and age, and that all children are supervised at all times. Our chaperones work as a team under the direction of our Head of Pastoral Care.
Sometimes we may need help preparing for summer school, especially around getting uniform packs ready and preparing paperwork. Administration assistants must be calm, professional and organized with good computer skills.