National Youth Ballet Registration



Our Residential Performance Company is designed to offer a fully immersive company experience. Students will work with a variety of outstanding choreographers and industry professionals to create bold new works, producing an ambitious show that will support, nurture and showcase young emerging talent through the power of performance.

The Residential Performance Company experience includes a 10 day residential, regional performances at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham and a West End Gala at Sadler’s Wells, London.

Rehearsals take place during our Residential Performance Company and will run for 10 days through August. This year we are delighted to return to Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham with their wonderful dance facilities.

Our Company is divided between:

The Junior Company – for dancers aged between 9 – 11 years on the 1st August 2019.
The Main Company – for dancers aged between 12 – 18 years on the 1st August 2019.


2019’s mixed bill consists of a diverse and innovative repertoire encouraging versatile and expressive performers. Included will be some exciting and challenging narrative based work with classical, neo classical and contemporary styles being showcased. The cast will have the unique opportunity to work and rehearse alongside fantastic professional guest choreographers with roles being cast across a broad age range.

A bespoke, classical narrative work will be created especially for the Junior Company.


Auditions for our 2019 Residential Performance Company will take place in February. See below.  To audition you will need to register and complete our online Audition Registration Form.  A fee of £26.50 will also be required to cover our logistical costs.

Please do check the rehearsal dates and performance dates before signing up for auditions.


Deadline to apply for London Auditions has passed.

Sunday 3 February 2019 – First Round Auditions, Central Ballet School.


Deadline to apply for Birmingham Auditions has passed.

Sunday 17 February 2019 – First Round Auditions, Birmingham Royal Ballet.


Saturday 6 April 2019 – Final Round Auditions for Junior Company at Central Ballet School, London.  Be prepared to stay until 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 7 April 2019 – Final Round Auditions for Main Company at English National Ballet School, London.  Be prepared to stay until 6.00 p.m.

Early May 2019 – Results emailed.


Saturday 17 – Monday 26 August 2019 – Birmingham, Residential Performance Company Rehearsals, Elmhurst Ballet School

Wednesday 28 August 2019 – Birmingham, Dress Rehearsal, The Crescent Theatre

Thursday 29 August 2019 – Birmingham, Dress Rehearsal and Show 1, The Crescent Theatre

Friday 30 August 2019 – Birmingham, Show 2 and 3, The Crescent Theatre

Sunday 1 September 2019 – London, Dress Rehearsal and Gala Performance, Sadler’s Wells


Audition classes are arranged according to age and candidates will receive notification of their audition time by email.  First round auditions are one hour in length.  Second round auditions are longer.

We welcome applicants from across the UK.  Our Artistic Director will be present at all auditions.  The panel are looking for individuals with good classical technique, have the ability to learn new steps, are creative, express the joy of dance and have a passion for performing.  The story ballets we perform have a wonderful range of characters, which is also taken into account when casting.

A Performance Company of 105 dancers will be selected.  This is divided between 30 in the Junior Company and 75 in the Main Company.

Regular updates will be posted via our social media pages so make sure you follow The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain on Facebook, @NYB of GB on Twitter and @nationalyouthballet on Instagram.



The one off fee to audition is £26.50 and can be paid via the integrated PayPal link with your form to secure your place.  Confirmation of payment and the time of your audition will then be sent via email.

Residential Performance Company Fees

£850 Residential Fee includes full board and lodging at Elmhurst Ballet School.  Please either:

  1. Pay the full fee of £850 by Friday 24 May 2019 OR
  2. Pay by 2 instalments as follows:

£525 Non-returnable deposit on acceptance of contract by Friday 24 May 2019

£325 Balance of fees paid by Friday 21 June 2019

There are a limited number of places available for our Junior Company to participate as day pupils.  Please contact our office directly for more information on


How do we create a level playing field?  We don’t simply create opportunities for young aspiring dancers and choreographers.  We also don’t want to deny opportunities to those who don’t have the financial means to pay.  Which is why our dedicated trustees have set up a fund to help those deserving participants.  Details on how to apply will be sent to all those who get through our preliminary auditions ahead of final auditions.


Registration for auditions has now closed.