National Youth Ballet’s vision is that young people will create the ballet of the future and inclusion is at the heart of that vision. We want to ensure that our empowering and transformational creative and performance opportunities are available to all young people. We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of bursaries to help cover fees.
Pat Prime Award – NYB aims to support under-represented groups in ballet; this is a specific award to support talented young dancers of Black African and/or Black African-Caribbean heritage.
NYB Bursary Fund – NYB aims to support a diverse range of applications by removing financial barriers; bursaries are available for applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds that meet our eligibility criteria.
Pat Prime Award
Diversity and inclusion are an integral and essential part of the work we do. Following the powerful Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, it became very clear that there is more we can do to ensure that NYB’s work is more representative.
This scheme aims to attract and enrol young, black dancers with remarkable potential, allowing candidates to experience a unique creative journey, emulating that of a professional dance company.
“Pat Prime (11 May 1936 – 13 August 2018) was the typical, extraordinary ballet teacher. Teaching ballet for over 60 years, she taught dance for longer. She died the week after she had completed teaching a Summer School. She guided and instructed so many people, many of whom became dancers, teachers, actors. Her alumni became Principal Dancers in the Royal Ballet, Phoenix Dance Company, Northern Ballet Theatre and in West End productions. She stimulated a love for the arts, and a sense of self-confidence in all she taught. Most importantly, she believed in supporting people to be their best and worked tirelessly to inspire others. She knew that if people had access to opportunity and belief then the art would follow. This award was created from donations from friends, family, colleagues and ex-pupils, and is a reminder that inclusion and joy in dance need to be strived for. It is given in memory of her and some of her ex-pupils and is to inspire change.” Sian Prime, Pat’s daughter
“I want to be the difference and show that black girls can do ballet too. It was an honour to be one of the first dancers to be awarded the Pat Prime Award… I learnt so much about what it is like to be a part of a professional ballet family. I’m grateful for the opportunity NYB has provided for me.”
Lauren Beharie, Pat Prime Award Winner, 2021
“I endorse NYB’s recently launched Pat Prime Award, which will support talented young dancers of Black African and/or Black African-Caribbean heritage. This type of action is what our industry needs to ensure that young, diverse talent is nurtured in a genuine and useful way.”
Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder & Artistic Director, Ballet Black
This award has been generously donated by Patricia Prime’s family with the specific intention of removing barriers for dancers of Black African and/or Black African-Caribbean descent who are under-represented in our art-form. Our target for 2022 is to support at least three new dancers.
- Must be of Black African and/or Black African-Caribbean descent.
- Aged 9-18
- Resident in the United Kingdom
If you would like to be considered for the Pat Prime Award, please complete the application form. The form should be submitted at the same time as an audition application for the Residential Performance Company. Deadline for applications is 12pm, Friday 25th February 2022.
The NYB team will assess each application. They will take into account the passion that the young dancer feels for their art and how the award will make a positive difference to their future dance career.
NYB Bursary Fund
The National Youth Ballet Bursary Fund is reserved for those talented young dancers most in need of financial support. We want to actively encourage a diverse range of applications by removing financial barriers. Bursaries are available for applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds. Our target for 2022 is to support up to 15 dancers on bursaries. This forms part of the NYB strategy for Diversity and Inclusion. The value of the fund is dependent on our success in fundraising. We cannot guarantee that every application to the fund will be successful, but we will endeavour to support as many eligible dancers as we can.
Bursaries are available to both junior and senior dancers.
- Must be eligible according to application form criteria*
- Aged 9-18
- Resident in the United Kingdom
If you would like to be considered for a National Youth Ballet Bursary, please complete our bursary form by 12pm, Friday 25 February 2022. A bursary form must be submitted at the same time as a Residential Performance Company Audition Application.
*In assessing each application the NYB team will take into account a number of factors based on the Jerwood Foundation’s Toolkit for Socio-economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts. NYB may require provision of financial evidence before deciding on any application. Typically this would include:
- Whether a family is living on significantly less than the national average wage, and/or in receipt of benefit or income support eg: Universal Credit
- If they are receiving a bursary for dance study from any dance school.
- Type of school attended
- Parental experience of higher education
- Parental occupation
If you are in a position to support the work that we do and would like to talk to us about funding a bursary for NYB please contact us