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

Residential Performance Company 2022 – Auditions


NYB’s Residential Performance Company is back!

We are looking for dancers, aged between nine and eighteen, to join the 2022 company for a nine-day residential at Elmhurst Ballet School culminating in performances at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham and Sadler’s Wells, London.

The Performance
The selected dancers will perform in a diverse programme featuring work from a range of professional choreographers including exciting revivals and innovative new works by NYB guest choreographers.

Why become a part of NYB?

Our alumni make up 10% of the dancers and choreographers in major British ballet companies including The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Rambert and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, and many more have gone on to work in dance and related industries worldwide. In addition, alumni state that the skills they developed as part of NYB prepared them well for diverse and varied careers beyond the dance profession. Dancers will:

  • enjoy an audition that replicates the professional experience
  • gain insight into the different stages and processes of putting together a large-scale performance
  • understand how it feels to be part of an inclusive ballet company
  • build confidence and resilience through NYB Moving Minds workshops
  • work with industry professionals to gain new skills in choreography and contemporary dance
  • experience the fun of live performance including make-up, costumes, and professional lighting
  • become part of the NYB family and build new friendships

Photographer: Sean Purser


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Key Dates

The Audition

How to Apply

Photographer: Sean Purser

Key Dates

Audition dates:
Rambert School, London, Sunday 6th March 2022
The Place, London, Sunday 13th March 2022
MAC, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, Sunday 20th March 2022

Residential rehearsal period:
Elmhurst Ballet School, Birmingham:  Sunday 14th August – Monday 22nd August 2022 inclusive

The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham: Thursday 25th – Friday 26th August 2022 (rehearsals from Wednesday 24th August)
Sadler’s Wells, London: Sunday 4th September 2022

The Audition

We understand that auditions can be an intimidating process for dancers, but they are also a key part of life as a professional dancer! To enhance dancers’ skills, our Moving Minds team will provide a short workshop before the audition to help each dancer perform to their full potential. These confidence-building skills will be useful for all future audition experiences. 

What the audition will involve: 

  • 15-minute Moving Minds workshop focusing on handling nerves and being the best you can be! 
  • 90-minute ballet class with a professional teacher.

Online Audition option:

NYB is excited to offer an additional audition that will take place via Zoom. This audition will enable students to participate from their homes or local studios and will help us to reach the widest pool of talent. The audition will include the same content as the in-person session.

Please note that these online auditions will be limited in number to enable us to view dancers fairly. We do ask those who are able to attend an in-person audition to do so. This online opportunity has been created to allow us to offer chances to those who we have previously been unable to reach.  

Join us!

NYB believes that by nurturing the widest possible talent pipeline we will build a space where young people can create the ballet of the future. If you are passionate about ballet and want to be part of our community, we’d love to meet you. 

Photographer: Sean Purser

How to apply

Juniors (ages 9-12) – complete our registration form here

Seniors (ages 13-18) – complete our registration form here

Online audition (ages 9-18) – complete our registration form here

Application deadline: Friday 25th February 2022 12pm.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before completing your audition registration.


For in-person auditions you can choose from the following preliminary audition dates:

  • London: Sunday 6th March 2022, Rambert School, TW1 1PY
  • London: Sunday 13th March 2022, The Place, WC1H 9PH
  • Birmingham: Sunday 20th March 2022, MAC, Midlands Arts Centre, B12 9QH

Online auditions will be held on Sunday 13 March: 4.30pm-6.15pm, via Zoom

Final auditions will be held in London and will take place on Sundays in early May 2022.

Non-refundable audition registration fee: £25

Course fee: £900

NYB aims to facilitate a diverse range of applications by removing financial barriers; bursaries are available for applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds that meet our eligibility criteria. For more information click here

Please note that if you were part of our 2021 Dancers’ Development Experience you will automatically gain a place at our 2022 final auditions.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Photographer: Sean Purser