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

NYB Bursaries

Introduction

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. 

Funds available:

Pat Prime Award – supporting talented young dancers of Black African and Black African-Caribbean heritage

Charlotte Leatherbarrow Award – supporting a talented junior dancer

NYB Bursary Fund – supporting talented dancers most in need of financial support

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.

We are proud to announce the Patricia Prime Award for 2 students of black African or black African-Caribbean descent applying for NYB’s Dancers’ Development Experience in 2021. 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

Awards

  • £400 towards the cost of the Dancers’ Development Experience for a senior dancer (12-18 yrs old)
  • £400 towards the cost of the Dancers ‘Development Experience for a junior dancer (9-11 yrs old)

This award has been generously donated by Patricia Prime’s family with the specific intention of removing barriers for dancers of  black African and black African-Caribbean descent.

Criteria

  • Must be of black African and black African-Caribbean descent.
  • Between the ages of 9 and 18
  • From the United Kingdom

Application Process

If you would like to be considered for the Pat Prime Bursary, please complete the bursary form. The bursary form should be submitted at the same time as an audition application for the Dancers’ Development Experience. Deadline for applications is 31 May 2021.

The Creative Director and Head of Trustees will assess each application.They will take into account the passion that the young dancer feels for their art and how the bursary will make a positive difference to their future dance careers. 

 

Charlotte Leatherbarrow Award

The Charlotte Leatherbarrow Award is a bursary of £300 for applicants to the Junior Company for the Dancers’ Development Experience. The award is for a young dancer who would not ordinarily be able to afford the experience.

Charlotte was a very talented young dancer who was a member of the NYB family, dancing with us in 2009 and 2010. 2021 marks 10 years since Charlotte died. We are very grateful to her family for their support of young dancers in her name. 

Award

  • £300 towards the cost of the Dancers’ Development Experience for a junior dancer (9-11 yrs old)

Criteria

  • Aged 9-11
  • Based in the United Kingdom

Application Process

If you would like to be considered for the Charlotte Leatherbarrow Award, please complete the bursary form. The bursary form should be submitted at the same time as an audition application for the Dancers’ Development Experience. Deadline for applications is 31 May 2021.

The Creative Director and Head of Trustees will assess each application. They will take into account whether a family is living on significantly less than the national average wage, and/or in receipt of benefit or income support and if they are receiving a bursary for dance study from any dance school. National Youth Ballet may require provision of tax returns before deciding on any application.

NYB Bursary Fund

The National Youth Ballet Bursary Fund is reserved for those talented young dancers most in need of financial support. Please note the fund is limited and depends on our success in raising funds each year. We cannot guarantee that every application to the fund will be successful.

Dancers’ Development Experience Bursaries

Award

There are several full fee bursaries available to both junior and senior dancers.

Criteria

  • Aged 9-18
  • Based in the United Kingdom

Application Process

If you would like to be considered for a National Youth Ballet Bursary, please complete our bursary form by 31 May 2021. A bursary form must be submitted at the same time as a Dancers’ Development Experience Audition Application.

The Creative Director and Head of Trustees will assess each application. They will take into account whether a family is living on significantly less than the national average wage, and/or in receipt of benefit or income support and if they are receiving a bursary for dance study from any dance school. National Youth Ballet may require provision of tax returns before deciding on any application.

 

Moving Minds Bursaries

Award

There are several full fee bursaries available for the online Moving Minds workshop on 4 June 2021.

Criteria

  • Aged 12-18
  • Based in the United Kingdom

Application Process

If you would like to be considered for a National Youth Ballet Bursary, please complete our bursary form by 31 May 2021.

The Creative Director and Head of Trustees will assess each application. They will take into account whether a family is living on significantly less than the national average wage, and/or in receipt of benefit or income support and if they are receiving a bursary for dance study from any dance school. National Youth Ballet may require provision of tax returns before deciding on any application.

 

 

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