National Youth Dance Company

How to Join NYDC

NYDC would love to dance with you!


To join in with the NYDC experience and be considered for a place in the company, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Attend an NYDC workshop near you

National Youth Dance Company holds free workshops around England between April and July every year to meet hundreds of young dancers and give a taste of what life is like as part of the company.  These workshops are a great opportunity to meet members of NYDC, try new dance styles and learn about dance training and career pathways.

NYDC is an inclusive company and celebrates diversity. Our workshops welcome 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 in the studio with us.

Criteria for joining a workshop:

· You are aged between 16 -18 or up to the age of 24 if you are deaf or disabled.*

·  You are NOT currently enrolled on a full time vocational dance course**, and are not planning to be from September 2020 – August 2021

* Age guidelines: Please note that there may be some flexibility to this in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us if you require further clarification.

**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.

Important: You must pre-register to take part in a workshop.

Step 2: Attend the NYDC Audition at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

Following each of the workshops above, NYDC offers a select number of dancers the additional opportunity to attend an audition at Sadler’s Wells in July. Eighty dancers from every region of the country are a part of this day and bursaries are available so all young people invited have access to the experience.

During this day, all dancers meet the upcoming NYDC Guest Artistic Director and have a go at learning more about their unique movement language.

After the audition, 30 dancers from the group will be invited to join NYDC, which will begin activity that coming October. For details about the structure and dates of the full NYDC year, please visit About Us