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National Youth Dance Company

About NYDC

National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) is England’s Flagship youth dance organisation.

We bring together talented young dancers from across the country to work with leading artists and create world- class performances.  We support young artists to realise their potential and gain an insight into the dance profession.



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National Youth Dance Company is run by Sadler’s Wells. We create and perform innovative and influential dance, bringing together the brightest talent from across England to work intensively with the Sadler’s Wells renowned Associate Artists and visiting companies. NYDC has established a reputation for challenging, high quality work and produces dancers that are open-minded, curious and brave.

We are committed to ensuring that NYDC is accessible and that financial costs are not a barrier to membership. Workshops are free of charge and means tested scholarships and travel bursaries are available for company members. Further information on financial help can be found at the bottom of this page. 

NYDC is a diverse company, dancers come from a range of backgrounds, dance styles and experiences. We welcome disabled and non disabled dancers, providing additional resources and support wherever possible. Under pinning all our work is the respect for and belief in the high skill level young people can achieve if inspired and supported. NYDC aims to challenge preconceptions and expectations on a national level, whilst putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront of everything we do.

 



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 Over 80% of NYDC graduates go onto further dance training or careers in dance, whilst others go onto path ways outside of dance. We celebrate the range of careers that our young people go onto and the positive impact high level arts experiences can have on all young people. Please visit the alumni page for some of our graduates’ stories.  


National Youth Dance Company is an Arts Award Supporter. Arts Award is a unique range of multi-level qualifications for children and young people aged up to 25 years to develop as artists and arts leaders. NYDC provides the opportunity for all company members to achieve a Gold Arts Awards during a successful completion of a year in the company.


NYDC jointly funded by the Arts Council England and the Department for Education. Barclays is the Associate Partner of NYDC. 

Please go to the How to Join NYDC page to find out more about being a part of the company. The first step to joining is attending a free workshop. These happen across the country each summer.

NYDC Structure

Below is a brief outline of what can be expected within a typical year with NYDC. As part of this dancers will:

Residencies

October, December, February & April

Company members will:

Work intensively over 4 residencies during school holidays: 3 days in October, 6 days in December, 1 week in February and 2 weeks in March/April.

Live and work together as a company, working closely with the Artistic Team, NYDC staff and fellow dancers.

Take part in a series of Dancers Toolbox sessions to enhance learning.

 

 

Premiere

April

Company members will:

Premiere the new work in April.

Receive full support from Sadler’s Wells technical, press, marketing and development departments.

Perform at a high profile event, with funders, sponsors, industry professionals, press and friends and family in the audience.

 

 

 

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National Tour

June & July

Company members will:

Tour the performance in a range of venues across England, including Sadler’s Wells reaching a total audience of 6,000+ people.

Adapt performance to a range of stage sizes and venue capacities.

Take on touring roles, assisting production manager and technical team.

 

 

NYDC Membership

We welcome applications from talented young dancers of all backgrounds. The full fee is £640 per year (2023-24). For company dancers, 100% of fees and travel costs could be covered by means-tested scholarships and bursaries. For guidance notes on scholarships and bursaries, please see the Further Resources section below.

NYDC’s focus age group is  16 – 19 years and we welcome d/Deaf or disabled dancers aged 16-24. However, there may be some flexibility in exceptional circumstances.

We will accept applications from 15 year olds if:

You are hoping to enter full-time vocational training at 16 (please inform us of which school and when).

We will accept applications from dancers over 18 if:

You have started dance training within the last three years (please inform us of school and teacher).

Please contact nydc@sadlerswells.com for further information.  Please note that support during the booking process is available to dancers with particular access needs. Do contact us if you wish to discuss this further.

Company members that are not going into higher education and are under the age of 19 can stay with NYDC for more than one year.

National Youth Dance Company dancers graduate with a wide range of skills that can be used for varied training routes and pathways. Company members have gone to vocational training schools, professional contracts, university courses both dance related and non-dance related.

NYDC TEAM

Joce Giles

 

Director, Learning & Engagement

Hannah Kirkpatrick

 

Head of National Youth Dance Company 

Christopher Haddow

 

Projects Producer, Learning & Engagement

Becky Leslie

 

Company Manager

Brittany Roberts

National Youth Dance Company Coordinator

CONTACT US

NYDC is hosted at Sadler’s Wells

National Youth Dance Company Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TN

Email us: NYDC@sadlerswells.com

Call us: 020 7863 8139

If you would like to support our work with young people, please call 

020 7863 8134 or email development@sadlerswells.com

NYDC Partners and Host Venues

NYDC aims to engage with as many young people as possible from across the country. This could only be achievable through the network of partners host venues that have supported the company by raising awareness, hosting workshops and performances and acting as expert advisors in their regions. We are grateful to our partners and host venues for their continued support.

 

Rowan, Frome

Rowan has always had a passion for physical movement. As a child he took a few ballet classes but it just didn’t click for him. However, it was not until early last year he started showing a real interest in receiving formal training. Currently training at the Bristol School of Acting on a dance course, this is only the beginning of Rowan’s dance journey.

Morgan, Newbury

Morgan started dancing at the age of 6, he became attached to dancing at Trinity Newbury performing arts school at the age of 12 studying the contemporary technique along side breakdance, jazz, and Horton. He teaches boys and girls dance company’s competing in competitions, he is self taught and is pushing this dream to continue is training after 6 form to pursue a career in performing arts.

Roselynn, Manchester

Roselynn started dancing in her bedroom as a self taught dancer. She auditioned for the Lowry CAT scheme in 2022 and is in her second year of training. She has experience in Contemporary, Commercial, and a bit of Kathak but would love to dance every style if she could.

Fue, Huddersfield​

Fue has been a dancer for the most part of her life. She started at a local dance school, learning Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Acro. Then in 2020, Fue joined Phoenix Youth Academy and the CAT programme at Northern School Of Contemporary Dance. Since then, Fue has been working to explore more contemporary movement and techniques.

Matthew, Durham

Matthew started dancing with Tin Arts when he was 17 with a mixed ability group of contemporary dancers.
They have reached the U Dance finals 3 times in a row. Matthew has skills in ballet, jazz, Bollywood and more.
Matthew has been with NYDC for one year touring the country.

Ayuna, London

Ayuna grew up in Siberia, Russia, but moved to the UK aged 15. She is a talented athlete and musician, and, as a child, enjoyed ballroom dancing. Over the past few years, Ayuna has taken every possible opportunity to train in different dance styles and develop her choreography skills, working with companies such as Step Change Stusios, Leicester ProDance, Propel Dance, and One Dance UK, as part of their Young Creatives Programme. She is over the moon to be a part of NYDC and can’t wait to take Cohort 12’s new work on tour.

Daisy, Ashford

Daisy has been dancing since she was three, with the Margaret Giles School of Dancing. She achieved GCSE Grade 9 from the Royal Academy of Dance. She is currently studying UAL Level 3 Dance at Canterbury College during the week and training on the CAT Program at Trinity Laban at weekends. Daisy has experience is lots of dance styles, including Contemporary, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Tap.

Rosa, Leeds

Rosa started their dance training at RJC learning Soca when they were 4. They then moved on to dance for Gipton Together in primary school, where they learned commercial dance styles and performed competitively. They started the CAT scheme at NSCD when they were 13 whilst also studying BTEC dance in highschool, and now train in contemporary dance with Phoenix youth Academy Seniors alongside their A-levels.

Monét, London

Monét’s experience with dance started with ballet when she was three years old at Siegeris Dance Company. She continued to practice ballet for thirteen years until they joined ‘Artistry Youth Dance Company’ in 2020, where she practiced Horton technique and jazz. Monét currently trains at ‘Twiin dance company and agency’ in street dance and modern, as well as practicing afro and hip hop at ‘Rhythm Masters’.

Megan, Durham​

Megan started training in contemporary dance at TIN Arts in Durham when she was 2, later joining Fishburn Youth Dance and Drama when she was 10, where she trained in ballet, modern and tap. At age 12 Megan was awarded a place at the Dance City CAT scheme in Newcastle. She now trains solely in contemporary and ballet alongside her A-levels in Maths, Religious Studies and Textiles.

Georgia, Penzance

Georgia has been dancing since the age of 3. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz and commercial, before finding a love for movement through contemporary dance. She is currently taking A level dance at Truro college and has attended Exeter CAT scheme for the last five years.

Otis, Dartmoor

Otis is an expressive and theatrical mover who has honed his dance skills working with Exeter CAT scheme and Chaya Youth Company. He is thrilled to be joining NYDC this year and is determined to throw himself fully into the creative process. He is also a talented mathematician and pianist.

Gilbert, Cambridge

Gilbert has been dancing since before he can remember. At 4, he began classes locally in ballet, tap and modern. He expanded his training at Bodywork in Cambridge, where he was on their Theatre School program from ages 13 to 16. To focus on hip-hop, Gilbert spent the following 2 years as a member of London-based crew, Elementz Youth. Now 19, NYDC has proved a new venture into experimental contemporary dance for him.

Meg, Hertfordshire

Meg has trained in a range of styles growing up. Her training now is predominantly ballet and contemporary and she dances at Carter School of Dance, Hot House Dance, The Place’s CAT Scheme and English National Ballet’s Youth company. Currently, she is in her final year of A-levels studying geography, PE and sociology

Luis, Folkestone

Luis started dancing at the age of 4 at Instep Dance Company in which he found a love for contemporary dance. Luis has studied dance at GCSE level and is currently studying a double A – Level in dance.

Francis, Leeds

Francis has been dancing from a young age, training with MeshDance in Leeds and Stage Door Theatre School in Guiseley, and performing at venues such as Northern Ballet and National Theatre. Francis especially enjoys commercial dance styles and musical theatre, but is looking forward to learning new skills and working with other young dancers as a member of NYDC cohort 12.

Frank, Sheffield

Frank first started dancing formally age 11 at a local dance centre were he took classes in commercial dance. He then went onto to train with Phoenix Dance Theatre and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (CAT) where he trains in Contemporary dance and ballet. Frank is hoping to undertake a degree in musical theatre once he finishes his A levels.

Luke, Birmingham

Luke started taking street dance classes when he was four years old but had always loved moving to music. He has trained in many different styles such as Hip Hop, House, commercial, contemporary, ballet, afro fusion, jazz and more. His main dance inspirations are creatives like Paris Goebel and Les Twins and looks to be a performer and choreographer to the stars. He currently trains at Marshon Dance Company and Birmingham Ormiston Academy but has worked with company’s such as the Hippodrome, Zoonation Youth Company, Ace dance and Music and more.

Lina, London

Lina started her dance journey at a local afterschool club, training in tap, ballet and modern. After some time, she turned acro gymnast at Bromley Valley for the next 5 years before training in jazz and Horton at Artistry Youth Dance. Now, she dances for Shift at The Place.

Charly, Leamington Spa

Charly started dancing aged three at Susan Taylor Dance Academy. She is part of Motionhouse Youth Dance Company and trains at Fiery Feet Dance Studio as well being a competitive gymnast. She was in NYDC last year with Wayne McGregor CBE and in September she is excited to be starting her full-time training in professional dance and musical theatre at Bird College.

Jacob, Ipswich

Jacob has loved dancing for as long as he can remember, training from a young age in a variety of different styles. Having taken a break from dance to focus on sporting endeavours, he joined DanceEast’s CAT scheme last year, and has since noticed a real boost in his confidence and technique. Jacob is at his happiest when he dances, so is really excited to be a part of NYDC this year.

Wray, Manchester​

Wray has been dancing since she was three years old, training in ballet and tap at Glenda Ann School of Dancing. At the age of thirteen, Wray was introduced to contemporary when she joined Company Chameleon’s youth dance company. She is currently studying her A-levels in Biology, Physics, and Maths.

Ruben, Tavistock

Ruben started dancing with the B company aged 8. He then moved onto working with Attik dance and Ben Dunks. Mainly focusing on contemporary but including aspects from a variety of styles. When lockdown happened Ruben stopped dancing and only recently decided to pick it up again by attending the nydc workshops and joining chhaya youth dance in Exeter. Ruben is currently studying fine art at Exeter College.

Aleesha, Leeds

Aleesha started dancing at the age of two at Baby ballet. At the age of 7 she joined her local dance school Barbara Mann Dance academy where she did Ballet, Tap and Mordern. She later trained at Northern Ballet, whilst at Northern Ballet she discovered her love for Contemporary Dance. This led her to Phoenix Dance theatre Youth Academy.

Phoebe, Winchester

Phoebe started dancing at four and a half at Stagecoach, Winchester and joined Intregr8 three years later. She is now training with Hampshire Youth Dance Company and CAT at The Place. She was also part of last years Cohort.

Kitty, Haslemere

Kitty started dancing at the age of 7, taking part in Tap and Modern dance classes at her local dance school. Later she began ballet and joined the CAT scheme at The Place. She trains regularly with Phillipa Hogan’s School of Dance and CAT. This is her second year with NYDC.

Meeri, London

Meeri started dancing at the age of 3 and found her passion for movement while training at Tamara Rasmussen Opisto in Helsinki, Finland. Upon moving to the UK, she continued training in ballet and took contemporary dance classes at The Place, where she currently performs with Shift Youth Dance Company and trains with their CAT Programme. She also studies A-level Dance alongside Economics, Maths, and Further Maths. She finds joy and inspiration through dance.

Anya, Derby

Anya started dance by attending creative-contemporary classes at Déda Dance Derby, since the age of three, and has progressed to their youth dance company ‘Bounceback.’ She has recently completed the first year of the One Dance UK young creatives program. She danced at Base Studios London, through a school trip, and alongside her dancing is studying A-level Mathematics, Chemistry and Spanish .

Aoibh, Manchester

Aoibh started dancing ballet at the age of 3. She is currently training in contemporary and ballet at the Centre of Advanced Training at The Lowry. She is also involved in dance at her school, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, where she is studying for A-Levels. This is Aoibh’s second year in NYDC.

Ernie, Porlock

Ernie is a boxer/dancer who has had an untraditional way through dance. His style is difficult to pin, but he would describe it as highly physical and sensitive to audiences in site-specific dance. He currently dances with Stacked Wonky who create experimental, site-specific performance worlds using movement, choreography, sound and objects.

Venus, London

V began dancing in primary school through ballet and jazz classes before reaching secondary where she began contemporary classes with The Place. From there, she joined their resident youth performance companies as well as the CAT scheme. Currently, she is enrolled in the BRIT school dance strand where she will continue her training for the next 2 years. This is her second year in NYDC having worked with Wayne McGregor in Cohort 11 last year.

James, Chesterfield

James (Slayer) started dancing when he was 8. He entered his first battle at 9 and since then has won numerous titles in popping and all styles categories. At 15 he became the youngest ever open world modern jive champion. James trained for two years on the Swindon Urban Dance CAT programme and two years at Birmingham contemporary CAT programme.