Our Residential Performance Company

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 Summer School, Regional performances at The Crescent Theatre Birmingham and a West End Gala at Sadler’s Wells London.

Rehearsals take place during our Residential Summer School 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 2018.
The Main Company – for dancers aged between 12 – 18 years on the 1st August 2018.

Performance Programme

2018’s mixed bill consists of a diverse and innovative repertoire encouraging versatile and expressive performers. Included will be some of NYB’s 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.

Audition Dates

Auditions for our 2018 Season will take place from 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.

  • 8 January 2018 – audition application form will go live and you can apply

Friday 16 February 2018 – Application deadline for Birmingham Auditions
Sunday 25 February 2018 – Birmingham, First Round Auditions, Birmingham Royal Ballet

Friday 23 February 2018 – Application deadline for London Auditions
Sunday 4 March 2018 – London, First Round Auditions, Sadler’s Wells

Sunday 29 April 2018 – London, Final Round Auditions for Junior Company at Central Ballet School.  Be prepared to stay until 2.00 p.m
Sunday 6 May 2018 – London, Second Round Auditions for Main Company at English National Ballet School. Be prepared to stay until 6.00 p.m.

  • 7th May 2018 – Casting. Note this is for Choreographers and Staff only.
  • Middle May 2018 – Results emailed

2018 Season Dates

  • Sunday 19th – Tuesday 28th August 2018 – Birmingham, Residential Performance Company Rehearsals (Summer School) to be held at Elmhurst Ballet School
  • Wednesday 29th August – Birmingham, Dress Rehearsal, at The Crescent Theatre
  • Thursday 30th August – Friday 31st August 2018 – Birmingham, 3 Shows at The Crescent Theatre
  • Sunday 2nd September 2018 – London, Gala Performance at Sadler’s Wells

Audition Information

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 and therefore candidates will be requested up to 6.00 p.m.

We welcome students from across the UK and 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 split between 30 in the Junior Company and 75 in the Main Company.

We will be posting regular updates 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 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.

NYB Residential Performance Company Fees
£850 Residential Fee: includes full board and lodging at Elmhurst Ballet School
£525 Non-returnable deposit on acceptance of contract must be paid by Friday 25.05.18
£325 Balance of fees must be paid by Friday 22.06.18

There are a limited number of places available for our Junior Company to participate as day pupils. Please contact the NYB office directly for more information on info@nyb.org.uk.

How to Register

  1. Create an account using the register box on the right
  2. Once registered, complete all sections of the Audition Registration Form
  3. When all sections of the form are complete, pay online via PayPal.