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

Beyond Ballet®

Beyond Ballet® for emerging professionals

Beyond Ballet® offers young creative professionals aged between 18 and 35 a unique opportunity to develop their skills in transformational ways through a paid professional development programme.

At a time when such opportunities are scarce National Youth Ballet provides early-career creatives exposure and experience in the professional field. Artists learn alongside a professional team during the NYB Summer Performance Company, receive regular mentoring opportunities and gain the opportunity to create and develop their own work in a showcased event. 

In 2021 early career Choreographers, Rehearsal Directors and Producers are encouraged to apply through an open application process. As the programme develops, we will widen opportunities to include young lighting designers, costume makers and stage managers.

Our Beyond Ballet® Programme is steeped in company history. Olivier Award Winning Choreographer Drew McOnie was commissioned by Company Founder Jill Tookey at the age of 19 to create a new work for the Performance Company.  He has since founded his own dance company The McOnie Company, directed and choreographed Strictly Ballroom in London’s West End, King Kong on Broadway and next year he will be premiering a full- length ballet Merlin for Northern Ballet. 

Former Beyond Ballet® creatives include talented choreographers and creatives: Louise Bennett, Matt Nicholson, Charlie Brittain, Richard Chappell, Arielle Smith, Ellie Marsh and Sophia Hurdley.


NYB is like my family, as a child dancing with them had a huge impact on me.  Now being able to come back and work alongside the artistic staff and be able to give back to NYB what they gave to me is incredibly special.

Charlotte Goffin, Social Media Consultant, Beyond Ballet®, National Youth Ballet, 2012.

This is an exciting time for NYB.  There is a great, vibrant atmosphere.  I was given a great deal of freedom as a choreographer in the choice of music, casting and projection design.  It is always a very satisfying experience to create an entirely new piece.”