Founded in 1998, English Youth Ballet presents full-length classical ballets in the regional theatres of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Bringing opportunity to young dancers outside London aged 8-18 years to perform within a professional setting.

Each year the professional principal dancers are joined by 100 young dancers to presents 7-9 productions in cities and regional areas throughout the UK.

Founder and Director Janet Lewis, backed by an experienced professional team, brings her enormous energy, drive, enthusiasm and unique creative flair to inspire and lead young dancers to fulfil their potential and to provides them with a unique opportunity to experience life in a professional ballet company.

Now in its 25th year EYB and has built it into a highly successful Youth Ballet company. The demand for places is expressed by the hundreds of young dancers who audition annually. Many of our students go on to vocational training who have become professionals, having gained enormous confidence, invaluable performing experience and great pleasure from their involvement with EYB.

Director – Janet Lewis OBE
Assistant Artistic Director – Dominic Marshall

“Janet Lewis is to be congratulated for going beyond the usual London limits to provide young dancers with a taste of the professional ballet world”

English Youth Ballet gives young dancers a unique opportunity to experience what life in a professional ballet company is really like. It is an exciting journey from acceptance at the audition, to classes, challenging choreography, tough rehearsals and enjoyable performances in the theatre, which mirrors exactly what a dancer in a professional company experiences.

The production of costumes, sets, lighting and stage management is fully professional. English Youth Ballet creates a traditional ballet production that is especially choreographed around the talents of the cast. Parents, Theatre Managers and Reviewers are incredulous that the performances are of such a high standard and are created within such a short period of time. EYB founded in 1998 has become an established and popular company with a reputation of presenting ballet productions of quality.