We provide talented young dancers with an unparalleled experience of working in a professional ballet company, and are uncompromising on talent and quality – an ethos which we strongly believe must go hand-in-hand with reaching children and young people from all backgrounds. Activities throughout the NYB journey are centred around promoting inclusivity. Starting with instructive and interactive auditions, through to opportunities to support early talent pipeline development via the Dancers’ Development Experience and our Moving Minds health and wellbeing programme to nurture skills and resilience; and training the ballet sector of the future through Beyond Ballet practical paid placements and our new Applied Ballet programme for educators of differently-abled dancers.
“NYB gave me the chance to perform in front of directors and leaders of the ballet world. I will always be grateful for them for starting my career”
Tyrone Singleton, Birmingham Royal Ballet
Until March 2016, our visionary and energetic founder, Jill Tookey CBE, was the driving force behind National Youth Ballet, with help from a dedicated team of volunteers. Jill left behind an invaluable financial legacy as a starting point to help secure our future, and as we now evolve as a professional operation with an ambitious far-reaching national remit, we are expanding our fundraising from grants and donations made by generous and passionate individuals and trusts. This year, we secured our first project grant from Arts Council England.
If we are to continue to provide pathways into world-class ballet opportunities whilst increasing our reach to audiences, participants and educators around the country, we urgently need to step-up our fundraising. In 2022, we need to fundraise £183,000 to ensure we can provide a national programme of year-round activities, subsidise our fees and offer bursaries to remove financial barriers.
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