In February 2012, the government published Cultural Education in England: an independent review by Darren Henley for the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

A key recommendation in this report was that: 'A new permanent national youth dance company should be created and funded.'

We recognise the importance of showcasing and nurturing young people's talent and providing them with opportunities to develop their skills to the highest levels and are pleased to open a commissioned grant process.

Arts Council will act as the lead funder and on behalf of the Department for Education, which is match-funding the project, and manage the relationship with the company over the course of the funding period September 2012 to 31 March 2015.

Applications to this fund are now closed. 

Sadler's Wells has been selected to form the new National Youth Dance Company (NYDC). The company will provide 90 talented 16 to 19-year-old performers with new intensive training and performance opportunities led by world-leading choreographers. It will also offer talented young people from all backgrounds the chance to develop the high level performance skills needed for a professional career in dance.

Funds available

Funding for the National Youth Dance Company is confirmed at up to £400,000 per year for 2012-15.

Aims and outcomes

The primary purpose will be to establish a new national company for 30 talented 16 to 19-year-old performers each year for three years that will:

  • Improve the delivery of arts opportunities for children and young people through its role as a flagship national organisation providing technical training and creative development not available elsewhere
  • Combine the development of high levels of contemporary and ballet technique with diverse creative performance opportunities, led, choreographed and directed by world-leading choreographers

The National Youth Dance Company is one of a number of delivery mechanisms for Goal five: Every child should experience the richness of the arts, within our 10-year strategic framework for the arts, Achieving great art for everyone.

Download the commissioned grant guidance to find out more about the aims and outcomes of the National Youth Dance Company.

Key dates

Applications must be submitted using our Standard application form via our online application portal no later than 11am on Monday 25 June 2012

Applicants will be notified of the decision no later than Monday 16 July 2012