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

Choreographers & Emerging Professionals

Choreographers and Emerging Professionals

From a shifting sociopolitical landscape to changes in economic funding in the Arts, this is a time of change.  We are passionate about sustaining the future of ballet as an art form and providing opportunities at all levels that contribute to work development in the professions of dance both onstage and back stage.  We understand this balance changes dramatically for working professionals and developing artists, to make the transition either from training to working professionally or for dancers to develop additional experience.  And we want to go further to support dancers and other young emerging professionals to fulfill their potential and help make these changes.  The future is evolving and we want to be a part of making that change happen.

If you are in the early stages of your career, and are aged 18-35, our Beyond Ballet programme will give you the unique chance to work as part of the Artistic Team before and during our Residential Performance Company.   We’re well aware that your job satisfaction and our success go hand in hand.   You’ll be involved in creating and staging new works, receiving mentoring from established professionals and will then present this on a world-renowned stage at Sadler’s Wells.  You could be a Choreographer or a Lighting Designer, a Costumer Designer or an Administrator.  Whatever your speciality, together, we’ll create an environment where innovation is the norm.  We will ensure you exceed what you imagined you were capable of and provide you with that much-needed bridge between graduating to gaining work and pursuing a full time career.

As well as showcasing your work you will gain valuable skills, develop your creative practice and further develop your professional network.  Which in turn will improve future prospects and your chances of being offered employment.  But don’t just take our word for it.  Here are some recent stories that we’d like to share.

Arielle Smith began her choreographic journey with us at the age of 12 when she took part in our annual Frank Freeman Choreographic Competition at our residential.  After several years choreographing and performing with us she was offered work as a Beyond Ballet choreographer.  Over the past three years, we have supported and given her the platform to showcase her work.  In our Repertoire (include link to our performances) you can see her name in lights.  Matthew Bourne, a visible and dedicated Patron of NYB has seen her develop and this year offered her the post of New Adventures Young Associate Choreographer for his 2019 Season.

NYB ‘Beyond Ballet’ Emerging Choreographers Platform on BBC London news from National Youth Ballet on Vimeo.

Drew McOnie’s first NYB commission at the age of 19 went on to see him scooping the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer in 2016 for In The Heights.  He is currently directing and choreographing Strictly Ballroom in London’s West End and King Kong on Broadway.

Each year we select 10 emerging choreographers and young professionals aged 18-35.  This is an open application.  These positions are in Choreography, Rehearsal Direction, Lighting Design, Wardrobe, Administration and Projection Design.  To apply you need to get in touch between August and February.

We also continue to build on our excellent network of professional choreographers and teachers who contribute to the delivery of our Season program each year including Matthew Bourne, Antony Dowson, Christopher Hampson and Jo Meredith.  And many of our alumni will return as employees as a way of giving back and to facilitate our Beyond Ballet programme.

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.”