Project information

Developing Future Talent in Ballet

NEBT will hire two apprentice dancers to join our company. There is a lack of employment opportunities in the UK for graduating dancers. NEBT will address this by offering two talented dancers the chance to gain performance experience, stage craft skills, learn choreography and many other skills

May 2018 - November 2018

Charity information: The New English Ballet Theatre

The New English Ballet Theatre
  • Need


    There is a lack of employment opportunities in the UK. This is despite the well-documented evidence that there is a vibrant and growing audience for innovative dance in the UK. NEBT will address this by offering talented dancers, including some who might otherwise abandon their fledgling ballet careers or move overseas, a chance to join NEBT, gain significant performance opportunities and work with choreographers on new repertoire.


    NEBT will bring in two Apprentice Dancers to gain 6 months of employment; develop ballet technique through rigorous training; gain performance experience, learn stage craft and improvisation skills, and learn new repertoire from choreographers and develop new movement vocabulary, receive intensive coaching, and a chance to nurture professional and social relationships within the dance world. All of this will help make the dancers more employable in larger companies across the world.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Train two Apprentice Dancers in a professional company to enhance their careers


    » Deliver a comprehensive Dancers Professional Development Programme that provides opportunities to gain new skills and builds confidence in performing

    What success will look like

    The two Apprentice Dancers have the skills and confidence to audition (and are successfully invited) to join another ballet company, particularly with a full-time contract

  • Impact


    This scheme provides a stepping stone for classical dancers between their vocational training and a full-time contract with a large ballet company. Past Apprentices have gone on to achieve employment in UK companies such as The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Rambert and international companies such as Norwegian National Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet. Long-term, we will provide a legacy of dancers who have experienced NEBT’s training and gone on to excel in many ballet companies


    A potential risk of employing newly graduated dancers is their technique or standard of dancing may not be performance ready. This could be because a dancer is still too young or immature to handle the workload and complexity of the choreography given to them. In this case NEBT endeavours to provide as much training and experience to the dancers that the season will allow. The information that is learnt within their training is invaluable to their future career.


    We’ll report through e-newsletters and personal letters with information about Apprentice Dancers’ progress and feedback on their experience. Donors will also receive invitations to open rehearsal, coaching classes, opening night performances and exclusive events

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,800 Dancers Fees 2 x dancers fees @£400 per week for 26 weeks
      £1,200 Administration towards costs of Auditions, rehearsals and guest teachers
  • Background


    NEBT is company in residence at Thameside Theatre, Grays, Essex and a strategic partner of the Lyric, Hammersmith. NEBT performs at various West-end London theatres and tours nationally, including music/performance festivals. NEBT provides community outreach performances in care homes, hospitals and schools in Essex and London, provides open rehearsals and education programmes for schools in Hammersmith, Tower Hamlets and newly, Thurrock with Royal Opera House’s Thurrock Trailblazer programme


    First to benefit are our Apprentices working alongside up to 12 professional dancers. They receive intense training and performance opportunities that only a small company can offer. Next, our audiences. Apprentice dancers perform high quality art at a cost that is accessible. Third, the classical ballet industry. Through the apprentice scheme, we train the next generation of classical dancers to ensure standards of the art form are sustained and developed which benefits their future careers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our mission is to nurture young talent and launch the careers of ballet dancers, choreographers, designers and musicians. NEBT was started to fill a gap in the ballet profession as no UK company focuses only on the development of new ballet choreography and developing young talent in a nurturing environment with rigorous training. NEBT’s history in providing excellent tuition has resulted in many apprentices entering world-renowned companies such as the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Karen Pilkington – Artistic Director

    The Apprenticeship Programme be led by NEBT's Artistic Director/CEO, Karen Pilkington-Miksa who oversees artistic planning and programming

    Daniela Cardim - Company Manager

    Daniela, choreographers and coaches will provide daily feedback on Apprentices’ progress to ensure their well-being is assessed and supported