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Press Release: National Youth Ballet - Beyond Ballet 2014

Jan McNulty

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November 2013


The National Youth Ballet have just announced audition dates for its 2014 Season. NYB will be auditioning in both Leeds & London – please see website for details.  The dates are:


Leeds - 2nd Feb

London - 23rd Feb, 2nd March, 9th March


Beyond Ballet 2014

NYB breaks new boundaries and moves beyond ballet. 


Whilst retaining its classical roots, NYB is shifting its emphasis to reflect the way in which ballet has evolved over recent years.  As well as offering talented young dancers the opportunity to participate in the creation, production and performance of ballet at a high professional level, NYB will provide an incredible platform for young talent that NYB has nurtured to stage new works. This has been inspired by the success over the last 15 years of NYB’s annual choreographic competition, from which many new choreographers have emerged.


Dancers will work with both new and eminent composers, choreographers, teachers and designers gaining tremendous experience, confidence, and developing 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 provides a springboard to a professional career in the performing arts and is proud to have alumni with major ballet and musical theatre companies in the UK and worldwide.


In addition to staging favourite pieces from NYB’s repertoire, the second half of the  2014 programme will be devoted to new works by NYB alumni.


Drew McOnie will stage Little Red Riding Hood, a new jazz ballet with live jazz band. Jo Meredith will choreograph a stylish new piece La Bourgeoisie with music by Malcolm Arnold, sponsored by The Malcolm Arnold Trust.


Following their successes in 2013, Padua Eaton (winner of the prestigious Genée Choreographic Award) will create a short piece, Arielle Smith, who won the NYB Nijinska Award, and Alfred Taylor-Gaunt, who choreographed Chaos at the Keaton Café, return with new show-stoppers!


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