National Youth Dance Company

About NYDC

Joining NYDC can be a life-changing experience. It presents the very best of professional dance practice, raising aspirations, self-esteem and highlights career pathways in the arts.

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

NYDC is run by Sadler’s Wells and jointly funded by the Arts Council England and the Department for Education. We are committed to ensuring 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 and inclusive company, dancers come from a range of social backgrounds, dance styles and experiences. We welcome dancers with a broad range of abilities, providing additional resources and support wherever possible. We acknowledge that our dancers will aspire to different career paths and we support and inform them in their pursuit of this.

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.

Please go to the How to Join NYDC page to find out more about being a part of the company. To join the Company dancers are invited to attend a free workshop to learn more. For a list of workshop dates/locations and to register, please click on the button below.

NYDC Structure

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

  • Tour and perform in world class venues
  • Learn, create and perform original work
  • Develop skills in different dance styles
  • Take a part in intensive residencies over the school holidays; living and working as a company
  • Collaborate with professional choreographers
  • Find out about career pathways and opportunities
  • Take part in dancers toolbox sessions to enhance learning and to prepare for the future

Residencies

October – 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.

National Tour

June - July

Company members will:

Tour and restage 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.

Graduation

July

Company members will:

Graduate from the company in July and celebrate all that has been achieved throughout the year.

Receive a Gold Arts Award.

NYDC Membership

We welcome applications from talented young dancers of all backgrounds. The full fee is £580 per year. 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 – 18 years. 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).

The Experience Workshops are fully inclusive and are open to deaf or disabled dancers aged 16-24. 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

National Youth Dance Company General Manager

Lucy Clarke-Bishop

Projects Producer, Learning & Engagement

Elaine Foley

Projects Manager, Learning & Engagement

Laura Warner

National Youth Dance Company/Learning & Engagement 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.