ENBYouthCo is back…..with a brand new line-up!

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ENBYouthCo had a hugely successful 2012/13 season with a number of performances that culminated at the London Coliseum where they starred as extras alongside the main company in Petrushka.  In August we said goodbye to ten of our ENBYouthCo dancers who moved onto vocational schools including Northern Ballet, Rambert, Tring and Central School of Ballet. One of last season’s dancers commented that “Working at ENBYouthCo has made me a lot more confident. I had 3 auditions this year and found that I was able to stand at the front, be prepared and make myself seen. I knew how to engage in interviews and it gave me strong hooks to discuss dance.”

Go to photo ENBYouthCo dancers prepare for Petrushka as part of A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev. © 2013 Photography by ASH

Potential new youth company dancers were put through their paces in two auditions involving over 60 dancers watched on by English National Ballet Principal Begona Cao and Artist Nicky Henshall [both judges on the audition panel]. After much deliberation, eight new dancers were selected to become part of the youth company bringing the total to 15 for the 2013/14 season.

This year’s dancers are from a variety of backgrounds with the majority of them attending after school classes and/or associate classes on the weekends. A handful of the dancers also attend the Centre for Advanced Training programmes (CAT) at institutions including DanceEast, The Place and Trinity Laban. ENBYouthCo hope to build on their existing talents whilst aiming to be a representative for ballet in the youth dance sector. The company provides a platform for young dancers in training through high quality technique classes, choreographic and performance opportunities. Dancers are also given assistance in applying for vocational schools and importantly have access to the main company with opportunities to see performances, attend talks, meet company dancers and interact with members of the artistic team.

Activity for the forthcoming year is starting to take shape and looks set to be full of exciting opportunities. As well as taking weekly technique class with youth company Artistic Director Holly Noble, the dancers will benefit from being taught by a number of guest teachers. Alongside their regular classes, there will be a number of choreographic projects to be performed across London as well as theatre trips to see other dancers in action.

We look forward to seeing the new company and hope that the experiences they gain are as positive as those who have now moved on to new challenges. Find out more about ENBYouthCo.