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

Choreographic Challenge

NYB’s 2020 Choreographic Challenge invited young dancers to explore how it feels to re-engage with the world around them as we emerge from lockdown. Dancers were challenged to create a one and a half minute piece of choreography inspired by the theme of re-emergence. They selected one of four specially commissioned pieces of music by young composer Nicola Chang and responded creatively. Weekly interactive zoom workshops with industry professionals supported and developed participants skills in all areas of the creative process.

NYB Patron and judge Sir Matthew Bourne said –
“We were very impressed by the ingenuity of the the dancers, under these circumstances and applaud their creativity, talent and the sense of hope that these short stories represent. Representing the times we live in and how it effects us is a great route into choreography that these young people have taken on board. Bravo NYB and congratulations to all the excellent finalists”.


Results – 8-11 yrs old

Winner Bonnie Buckman
Runner-up Calvin Jagdev
Commendation Emmeline Phillipson

Judges: Etta Murfitt & NYB Patron Sir Matthew Bourne


Results – 12-15yrs old

Winner Tilda Marriage Massey
Runner-up Shivani Patel
Commendation India Kennedy

Judges: Etta Murfitt & NYB Patron Sir Matthew Bourne


Results – 16+

Winner Emily Cozens
Runner-up Ross Black
Commendation Erica Bergquist

Judges: Etta Murfitt & NYB Patron Sir Matthew Bourne


Results – Musicality Award

Winner Ross Black
Runner-up Sara Giselle Gordon
Commendation Calvin Jagdev

Judge: Marcelino Sambé

Results – Ambassadors Choice Award

Winner Dyliana Rossiter
Runner-up Scarlett Monahan
Commendation Honor Dixon

Judges: Vanessa Vince Pang and Max Westwell



  • Strong choreographic content rather than the quality of the filming or edit.
  • A clear response to the theme of re-emergence.
  • Individuality and a clear artistic personality.
  • A piece that reflects the theme of re-emergence through use of space, costume and lighting.
  • Musicality and creative response to the music.



Participants took part in the following online interactive workshops with industry professionals

With thanks to Jamiel Laurence for editing the videos above