BECOME A STAR!
The English Youth Ballet is now well-established for the production of full length classical ballets in the regional theatres of the UK. The Company uses 100 young dancers chosen by audition from within an 80-100 mile radius of the theatre in the area, therefore giving young ballet dancers the opportunity to experience the creative process from rehearsal to performance in our exciting productions of The Nutcracker, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle or Swan Lake.
Auditions take place either on stage at a regional theatre or in a school in the town where performances will take place and last for 90/105 minutes.
Junior Audition Age 8-11yrs . Senior Audition Age 12-18yrs.
THE AUDITION EXPERIENCE
EYB auditions take the form of a ballet class. No dance has to be especially prepared.
Students are expected to wear what they would wear for their ballet classes/ballet exams. We see the auditionees all together and all students must attend at the start time.
The Audition Registration is £15.00 payable to English Youth Ballet. It is advisable to send in the form and register in advance to save administration time although we do accept registration forms on the audition day.
The audition is designed to be an experience in itself and we like parents to watch when the audition venue and space allows this. EYB is about performance and this starts with the audition when we look for young dancers who love their dancing and who would benefit from classes, rehearsals and participating in EYB ballet performances.
Two English Youth Ballet Scholarships are awarded at each audition and four part scholarships.
For audition packs and a registration form for a specific venue please Email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
The fee for the Performance Course is £450 payable to English Youth Ballet in full or by instalments and in advance prior to the first rehearsal/casting day date.
This is inclusive of all costume and production costs (not ballet/character shoes). Three rehearsals take place simultaneously and are always preceded by a ballet class. There is a 20% reduction for 2 or 3 siblings taking part.
Each year, NYB holds multiple audition dates. Each audition class is 1 hour and candidates are streamed into classes according to age and/or grade.
NYB offers talented young dancers, aged 8 to 18 years, an opportunity to participate in the creation, production and performance of ballet at a professional level. Dancers work with eminent composers, choreographers and teachers, gaining experience, confidence, and team spirit. NYB continues to inspire creativity, and nurture invaluable performance and life skills through its summer rehearsal school, its annual choreographic competition and performances at major theatres. NYB is proud to have alumni contracted to major ballet and musical theatre companies in UK and throughout the world.
Applications for Associate courses
Our Associate programme is run in eight centres around the UK including: London, Birmingham, Bath, Eastleigh, Leeds, Manchester and Totnes. The course is designed to augment an individual's current training while introducing them to The Royal Ballet School's System of Training, alongside other gifted children who aspire to a career in dance. Pupils continue to study with their regular dance teacher in addition to their
Applications for Junior Associates (8-10 years)
The Central School of Ballet Junior Programme strives to provide exceptional standards of ballet tuition whilst emphasising an open and inclusive community ethos. Our in-house syllabus, specifically tailored across eleven levels for pupils aged 3-16, provides a solid foundation on which aspiring ballet dancers can build and is consistent with the approach of our Prep and Pre-Senior Programme and Senior School
Applications open January
Applications open Autumn
Registration Fee: £10
LCB is looking for 57 talented young dancers (girls aged 9-14 and boys aged 9-16) to create a new Company that will perform at The Peacock Theatre in London's West End LCB chooses children based on more than just technique; children are selected for that special star quality that makes a dancer irresistible to watch, regardless of their shape, size or previous dance experience.
*About LCB auditions*
LCB holds open auditions each year for girls aged 9-14 and boys aged 9-16. We welcome audition candidates of all levels of experiences and all shapes and sizes. The judging panel looks for good technique, but they also look for that extra something special that makes a dancer beautiful to watch regardless of shape or size. The stories we choose are full of different kinds of characters, and this is taken into account when selecting our Company.
Auditions are held annually from the end of October and over November. Preliminary auditions are split over two weekends, with between 500 and 600 children auditioning for 56 places. Candidates receive a results letter in the post, and roughly one in five are invited to the final audition. The new company is selected from this final audition. The judging panel aims to select 7 girls in each age group and 15 boys in total.
Though auditions are competitive, judges are not looking just for technique; they are also trying to spot children who have a wonderful star quality that makes them appealing to watch. Children of all shapes and sizes are welcome to audition. Judges also take into consideration a child's experience and level of training. If you are thinking about auditioning, take a look at some of our top tips!
The LCB judging panel is not looking for perfect dancers with perfect ballet bodies. Though they do look for good technique, they are also spotting things like a dancer's ability to learn new steps, personality, grace, musicality and that special something that makes a dancer beautiful to watch.
Many dancers who come to audition with LCB don't make it to the second round for very simple and avoidable reasons. Here are a few things to think about.
If you don't have amazing ballet feet, that's ok, but you must make sure that you are using what you have as best you can. Stretch your feet in every step and jump. The judges are never impressed with flapping feet, no matter how old you are.
Try to learn the steps while they are being demonstrated so you can really perform them when it comes to your turn. It is obvious to the judges if you are copying other people in your line or if you have your eyes fixed on the teacher at the front. If you are copying, it also ruins your line and your ability to perform.
It is ok if you make a mistake or forget a step. It is obvious to the judges if you are a beautiful dancer who just makes a mistake, and you won't be penalised for it.
If you have a natural smile, use it! However, a peaceful lovely expression is much more appealing than a forced grin, so enjoy the experience and show how much you love dancing. Being part of LCB is a huge privilege, so the judges want to make sure that they choose children who will get the most out of the opportunity. Although you may love to dance, if you have a worried or very serious expression the judges won't know. Ask your teacher or a parent to watch you while you dance and let you know if you look worried or not.
For those in the 9 and 10 year old categories, take some time to look at your posture in the mirror before you come to audition. Are you holding your stomach in? Do your shoulders stay down when you do a port de bras exercise? Are your knees pulled up? When you jump, are both of your legs straight and your feet pointed? These are some basics that will help you look like a dancer from the start.
The Central School of Ballet Junior Programme strives to provide exceptional standards of ballet tuition whilst emphasising an open and inclusive community ethos. Our in-house syllabus, specifically tailored across eleven levels for pupils aged 3-16, provides a solid foundation on which aspiring ballet dancers can build and is consistent with the approach of our Prep and Pre-Senior Programme and Senior School.
Junior School classes take place on Monday to Thursday evenings from 4pm onwards. The timetable for the academic year can be viewed by following the link on this page. http://www.csbassociateschool.co.uk/pstimetable.php
If you wish to apply please download an application form by following the link ‘How to Apply’ to the left of this page.
Prep and Pre-senior Course
A Strong Foundation
For aspiring dancers between 11 and 16 years (academic years 7 to 11) the Prep and Pre-Senior courses will help you to prepare for a future performing career.
This programme is made up of Saturday classes designed to complement your regular training, and your classes will run alongside the Senior School course.
Pupils are split into classes for boys and girls, with further grouping made with both age and ability taken into consideration. Pupils will only progress through the levels at the discretion of the teaching staff and subject to continual assessment. Please note that pupils may be asked to repeat a level at any time.
The following class division is therefore a guideline only and the school will decide which level is most suitable for each applicant:
Prep 1 Girls - 11-12 Years
Prep 2 Girls - 12-13 Years
Prep 3 Girls - 13-14 Years
Pre-Senior Girls - 14-16 Years
Prep Boys - 11-14 Years
Pre-Senior Boys - 14-16 Years
The programme includes (depending on level):
A Natural Progression
Our Prep and Pre-Senior courses offer invaluable preparation for full-time dance training. Many students move into Central's Senior School, and other leading ballet and dance schools once they reach 16. The programme is taught by Central's core staff of teachers including Stephen Williams (Artistic Assistant to the Directors & Men’s Ballet Tutor). Associates also have opportunities to take classes in pilates, contemporary dance, character, dalcroze and pointe with the opportunity for other sessions such as nutrition information or advice on applying for vocational dance training.
Students from the Prep and Pre-Senior courses go on to study in a wide range of dance schools including Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst, Rambert, Laine, Northen and Tring. Please note that participation in the Prep and Pre-Senior courses is not a pre-requisite for entry to the Senior School course at Central School of Ballet. Applications and auditions for the Senior School are undertaken entirely separately.
The audition will consist of a short ballet class followed by a dance solo which the candidate can prepare in any genre. The solos should be no longer than 1 minute and all candidates will need to bring the music on an Ipod or similar and also on a CD as a back-up.
Please wear suitable dance attire and footwear and ensure that you are neatly groomed.