Dancers’ Development Experience – Juniors Information Page



Hello and Welcome to the NYB Family, 

We are so excited to welcome you to the Dancers’ Development Experience 2021. 

As some of you may know this course is different to our usual summer programme due to the restrictions placed on us because of Covid 19 but we plan to offer you a chance to fully nurture, explore and develop your talents as a young dancer. 

During the week you will work as a company with choreographer Sophia Hurdley, and rehearsal director Carrie Johnson. They will guide you through a rehearsal process, which will challenge you to not only pick up movement material quickly and adapt to the choreographer’s needs but also give you the chance to devise your own movement in response to creative tasks, emulating the experience of creating work in a modern, professional ballet company. At the end of the week a sharing of your work will be filmed in the studio so that your family can see what you have worked on. We hope that this work will be fully developed for the stage in 2022.

Each day will start with a ballet class, and during the week you will have two drama classes where you can expand your skills and confidence in this area. After rehearsal, each day will end with a cool down and a chance for reflection on what you have learnt during that day.

Please come prepared ready to challenge yourself, make new friends and learn new skills!

You should find all the information you need for the course in this area of the website, please contact should you have any concerns or questions! 

We can’t wait to welcome you on the 23rd August. 

With all best wishes,
Jo Meredith (NYB Creative Director) and the NYB Team.


Information for Participants and Parents (click on the headings below to be taken to the specific information):

Forms to Complete

Deadline – 2nd July 2021 :

  1. £100 deposit should be received by NYB.
    Please make payment to: The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain,
    Sort Code: 40-01-13, Account Number: 61772287, Reference: DDE/Dancer’s first and last name
  2. Request a t-shirt

Deadline – 21st July 2021:

  1. Submit your filming/photography permission form
  2. Submit your DDE participation form
  3. Submit your equal opportunities monitoring form

Deadline – 6th August 2021:

  1. Pay remaining balance £350 using the bank details above.


What to Expect

Registration will take place in the Main Foyer of LAMDA, 155 Talgarth Road, London, W14 9DA between 9am and 9.30 am on Monday 23rd August 2021.

If social distancing is still in operation in August the registration times may be staggered and you will receive an allocated arrival time closer to the start date.

  • You should come ready to dance with appropriate clothing over your dancewear and your hair ready for ballet class.
  • Merchandise will be available to collect on the first day. Please bring a pen with which to name any new items.
  • Students will not be permitted to leave the building at any point during the day, so please make sure you have enough food and snacks to last until Pick up time.
  • Please note: This will be the same drop off point and time for the rest of the course.

End of the day
Pick up will be from the Main Foyer of LAMDA (same place as drop off) each day at 4.30 pm.

If your child is being collected from the studio each day please use the DDE Participation form to provide the name of the person / people collecting each day. (NB if you need to change these arrangements you must email to let us know as we cannot release children to people unknown to NYB).


Dancers’ Development Experience Timetable

Covid Protocols

Participants and Staff will be required to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test taken on the Sunday prior to the DDE and again on the Wednesday Evening of DDE. 

Anyone found to have a positive test should immediately inform, obtain a PCR test and self isolate pending the outcome of the PCR test.

If the PCR test is negative the person may return to the activity as soon as the results come through. In this instance you will be asked to provide proof of the negative result for our records. 

Attendees must inform us if they develop symptoms and test positive within 48 hrs of the end of our event so that we can make participants who have been in close contact with the attendee aware and they can perform a test and inform PHE

Read our full Covid Protocols

What to Bring (and not to bring)

Every item of dancewear, clothing and shoes must be clearly named.

You will be able to collect the National Youth Ballet merchandise on the first day of the course.

What to Bring Checklist

Please note: Students will not be permitted to leave the building at any point during the day, so please make sure you have enough food/snacks to last until the end of the day.

Mobile Phones are permitted but should not be used in the studio at any time.


What not to bring

  • Do not bring any nuts. NYB will be a Nut-Free zone.
  • Do not bring aerosols as these set off the fire alarms.

Emergency Contact Details

Emergency Contact Details
If you need to contact National Youth Ballet in an emergency during the course the number to call is07376 721142. A member of our team will have this phone with them at all times. Please do not call prior to the Senior Dancers’ Course, as this phone will only be active from 7am Monday 16th August 2021. Any queries prior to this date should be sent to

Useful Information
Hotel and Travel Information

Policies and Guidelines

Behaviour Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Missing or Uncollected Students Policy

Health & Safety Policy

The Dancers’ Development Experience is a NUT FREE ZONE. Please do not bring food containing nuts to LAMDA studios. This includes pine nuts, peanut butter, cashew nut butter, almond butter and hazelnut spread (Nutella). Please also be aware that some food items might also contain nuts like cereal bars.