Our vision is that young people will create the ballet of the future.

At National Youth Ballet we have nurtured talent for over 30 years.  We provide empowering and transformational opportunities for young performers and choreographers from around the UK.  We commission new, innovative and exciting ballets that educate, inspire and encourage creativity and collaboration.

At the heart of our annual season sees a Performance Company of over 100 selected dancers who come together with a team of professional choreographers, costumeries, lighting designers and technicians who take them on a journey from studio to stage, emulating the experience of being in a professional dance company.

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The National Youth Ballet has, without doubt, been one of the most inspiring and creatively developmental environments I have ever experienced.

Drew McOnie, Director and Choreographer, McOnie Company

I have been so impressed by the ambition of this Company.  We are not just looking at pieces of choreography, we are looking at pieces of theatre and that’s amazing!  NYB simply doesn’t settle for second best

Sir Matthew Bourne, OBE, Artistic Director, New Adventures

What NYB creates is such a holistic experience, the distilled intensity of being part of a company, learning, rehearsing and then performing repertoire. Exciting new work, amazing projections, music, lighting and costumes, even a mini-tour… And the final result is such a fantastic performance on stage.

Parent, 2018 Season

NYB gave me the chance to perform in front of directors and leaders of the Ballet world. I was asked by the current director of Birmingham Royal Ballet to take class with the company. This was all possible due to NYB. I will always be grateful to them for starting my career.

Tyrone Singleton, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet

NYB continues to set a standard for excellence in its performances, wherever they may be.  My admiration for the entire organisation grows year by year.

Dame Monica Mason, DBE, Former Director of the Royal Opera House, NYB Patron


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