Opportunity to perform with Joe Powell-Main at Royal Opera House

Performance Opportunity for dancers aged 14-17

National Youth Ballet are thrilled to give five young dancers the opportunity of performing in a new creation. The dancers will be performing in a piece entitled  Strength in Adversity alongside well-respected choreographer and dancer, Joe Powell-Main who will also be choreographing the piece. Joe will aim to fit the choreography to the specific needs and talents of the dancers who are part of this project, giving each dancer the chance to shine.  This piece will be performed in London in June 2024 in the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House as part of the Next Generation Festival. 

Joe Powell-Main is an Ambassador for National Youth Ballet, and advocates for inclusion and accessibility. He aims to challenge perceptions, start conversations and open up opportunities for dancers with unique abilities and is keen to work with a diverse range of young individuals who share his passion for inclusion.


To be eligible for this opportunity you must: 

  • Be aged between 14-17 on 22nd June 2024.
  • Have attended NYB activity in the last 12 months (between March 2023 – March 2024). This includes: auditions, All In!, workshops, residential and non-residential programmes.
  • Fit the casting description written by the choreographer (see below).
  • Be available for all Key Dates (see below).


Please note: This opportunity is a collaboration between NYB, Joe Powell-Main and Royal Opera House. 

All activity will be facilitated, overseen and attended by the National Youth Ballet team, however casting decisions rest solely with the choreographer, Joe Powell-Main.

Photo (c) Madeleine Penfold

Key Dates

Applications open: W/B Monday 19th February 2024

Applications to be submitted by: 9 am, Friday 8th March 2024

Application decisions will be sent out via email: Week commencing 18th March 2024


Rehearsal dates and times: 10am- 5pm between Sunday 26th May 2024 and Thursday 30th May 2024. 

Rehearsal venue: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham, B12 9QH


Additional Rehearsal Dates: Aiming for 10am-4pm 15th and 16th June 2024 (Final confirmation soon) 

Rehearsal Venue: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (to be confirmed). 


Tech Rehearsal: Friday 21st June 2024

Performance dates: Saturday 22nd June 2024 2pm and 5pm

Performance venue: Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House.


Photo (c) Sean Purser


No fees.

Please note: food, accommodation and travel will not be provided for this opportunity. 

Bursaries:  Dancers can apply for a bursary to cover up to £50 per day access costs upon submission of receipts, please contact Natalie Haslam for more information on how to apply: natalie.haslam@nationalyouthballet.org

Casting Description

The choreographer is looking for five dancers who:

  • Have strong neoclassical movement (essential)
  • Enjoy working collaboratively with a choreographer and other dancers (essential)
  • At least one male identifying dancer 
  • Have partnering experience or are comfortable with exploring partner work
  • Have strong pointe work (not essential)

Please find detailed role summaries for each dancer here.

For the easy read role summaries, click here.

All rehearsals will be overseen by members from the NYB Team. 

Please note these casting descriptions do not dictate the amount each dancer will be featured within the piece as Joe Powell-Main will make sure that everyone will have an equal opportunity to shine. These role descriptions are for guidance only but not set in stone as Joe Powell-Main wants to work with dancers who are passionate about performance.

Photo (c) Sean Purser

How to apply?

To apply please submit a short video, including:

  • A short introduction about yourself – maximum 1 minute 

Please include a fun fact about yourself, what you like about performing and your favourite dance movement. Also which role you would like to apply for (it can be more than one). 

  • A short video of you dancing – maximum 2 minutes. 

What to send?:

Joe would like to see pointe work (if this is something that is included within the guidance for a role you may be applying for),  centre practice especially any traveling movements, and also any creative content such as any repertoire you may be working on whether that’s classical or contemporary, or any improvisation work. 


Please complete the following application form by  9am, Friday 8th March 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please click here for the application form.


  • Please only submit footage of you performing pointe work if you are confident, experienced  and proficient in pointe work technique
  • Please make sure that you film footage in a safe and obstacle free environment on a suitable floor for your footwear.
  • The video will need to be uploaded as an ‘unlisted’ private link on YouTube* (see appendix) and included in the application form below.


If you have any questions please contact us on: admin@nationalyouthballet.org 


















Photo (c) Patricia Powell-Main


* How to upload an Unlisted YouTube video:

An unlisted video is different from a private video. “Unlisted” means that only people who know the link to the video can view it (such as friends, family, or institutions to whom you send the link). An unlisted video will not appear in any of YouTube’s public spaces (such as search results, your channel, or the Browse page). An unlisted video is different from a private video because you don’t need a YouTube account to watch the video (all you need is the link) and there’s no 50 person sharing limit. You can choose to make any of your uploads an unlisted video in your YouTube Account settings.

Here’s how:

  1. Sign into or create your YouTube Account 
  2. Go to your My Channel page 
  3. If you need to upload a video, click on the upload arrow in the upper right banner and skip to step 5. 
  4. If you want to edit a video you’ve already uploaded, go to the Video Manager 
  5. Select the video which you’d like to make an unlisted video. Click the Edit button to access the video’s settings. 
  6. Go to the Privacy section of the page. There you’ll see the option to mark your video as “unlisted,” “public,” or “private.” Select unlisted. 
  7. Don’t forget to click the Save Changes button. Once you’ve done this, your video will be an unlisted video. 
  8. Copy the “Video URL” found to the right of the video in Video Manager (under “video information”), and send it to whomever you wish to be able to view the video.