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National Youth Dance Company

NYDC would love to dance with you!

National Youth Dance Company holds free workshops every year to meet hundreds of young dancers and give a taste of what life is like as part of the company.  We also use them to recruit our new company members. The workshops are a great opportunity to try new dance styles, learn about dance training and career pathways, and meet other people who are passionate about dance.
NYDC celebrates diversity. Our workshops welcome disabled and non-disabled dancers from all backgrounds, dance styles and levels of experience and are designed to ensure that each individual can take away something new from their time with us.

The next NYDC recruitment process will happen in Summer 2022 with workshops across the country in July and August, and a final audition at Sadler’s Wells on 3rd September.  

Step 1: Register Online

Dancers who want to apply for NYDC must register online in advance, via our workshop registration page.

Step 2: Take Part in a Workshop

Workshops will be taking place across the country in Summer 2022 both in-person and online. Our aim is to ensure that all dancers can take part in the workshops, regardless of circumstances. 

Step 3: Selected dancers are invited from the workshops to attend an audition

Approximately 60 dancers from across the country are invited to join this audition and meet the upcoming NYDC Guest Artistic Director for a day of workshops and discussions.

After this, a select number of dancers from the group are invited to join NYDC. For details about the structure and dates of the full NYDC year, please visit About Us


Please note the criteria for joining a workshop / NYDC:

Dancers must be aged between 16-19 or up to the age of 24 if d/Deaf or disabled*

Dancers must not be currently enrolled on a full time vocational dance course**

* Age guidelines: NYDC gives priority to dancers who are in the correct age range, but if we have space, we would love to meet you. If you are above or below the age range, please contact us directly (do not register online) to place your name on a waiting list. We will be in touch with you closer to the time should there be availability. 

**Vocational dance course: Students studying A-level or BTEC Dance at school or college are eligible to book. Students studying at a dance conservatoire or university are not eligible to book. Please contact us if you require further clarification