Sadler’s Wells searches for thirty new talented young dancers to join the National Youth Dance Company each year.

The selected dancers will get the opportunity to work with the NYDC Guest Artistic Director drawn from Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists and visiting companies.

Take a look at the video to find out about the Experience Workshops.

Getting Involved

The first step to becoming an NYDC dancer is to register for a National Youth Dance Company Experience Workshop. The workshops are open to dancers aged 16-18 or up to the age of 24 if deaf or disabled. NYDC is a fully inclusive company; dancers can come from diverse backgrounds, dance styles and levels of experience. There is no cost to attend the workshops but places must be pre-booked through the booking form below. For full details about the workshops please go to the Experience Workshop page. NYDC offers dancers the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the professional dance world at a critical moment in their development, before they make the commitment to enter full-time training or choose dance as a career.

NYDC Dancers will:

  • Tour and perform in world class venues
  • Learn, create and perform original work
  • Draw on different dance techniques
  • 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

NYDC Structure

All dancers that successfully complete the full year of NYDC will achieve an Arts Award. 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 art leaders, developing and sharing their creativity, leadership and communication skills.

Below is a brief outline of what can be expected within a typical year with NYDC:

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NYDC Membership

We welcome applications from talented young dancers of all backgrounds. The full fee is £528 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 in About NYDC. 

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 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 none-dance related.

Experience Workshops 2018

Please click here for the NYDC Experience Workshop Booking Form 2018-19


NYDC Experience Workshops for 2018 will be in the following venues:

Sun 6 May


Hymers College

Sat 12 May


The City College Theatre

Sun 13 May


Merseyside Dance Initiative

Sat 19 May


University of Central Lancanshire

Sun 20 May


Grand Theatre

Sat 26 May



Sun 27 May


Swindown Dance

Mon 28 May


AMATA, Falmouth University

Tues 29 May


The Point

Wed 30 May


North Kesteven Academy

Fri 1 June


Dance East

Sat 2 June


Sadler's Wells

Sun 3 June



Sat 9 June



Sun 10 June


The Garage

Sun 24 June


Riley Theatre

Sun 1 July


Studio Theatre

Sun 8 July


Curve Theatre

For further information or assistance, please e-mail NYDC@SADLERSWELLS.COM