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Lincolnshire Youth Ballet

Showcasing our region's talent

About LYB


Lincolnshire Youth Ballet (LYB) is a ballet company of approx. 50 dancers, 25 seniors and 25 juniors auditioned from all across the region from many different dance schools. The students meet for the first time typically on the first Saturday of the summer holidays in order to meet each other and the teachers, Miss Henri Tatton and Miss Maggie Purr. The students then meet every weekday for the next three weeks at the Welland School of Dancing studios in Stamford, Lincolnshire for an intensive training and rehearsal period. Students rehearse Monday to Friday 9:00-3:00 pm, starting with morning ballet class, and then split into smaller groups for rehearsals. Early on in the first week they are cast into specific roles.


Each year, LYB chooses from classics such as Swan Lake, Coppélia, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty for their annual production. In 2021, our inaugural year, LYB presented Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty will be performed in August 2022. We put on a matinee and evening performance at the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre on the final Saturday of our three week rehearsal period. 


Stand-alone auditions are typically held in October, January and May for each new upcoming August production and are open to all students age 8-18. Juniors (age 8-11) need to be a minimum of Grade 1 ballet standard, and seniors (age 12-18) need to be a minimum of Grade 3 ballet and up. The audition takes the format of a 60-75 minute ballet class, and is held at the Welland School of Dancing Studios in Stamford, Lincolnshire. There is a £12.50 audition fee. Every student that applies will get an audition, and every student receives written feedback regardless of the result within 21 days of the audition. Students will not find out their result on the day. Students can apply for an audition online through our website.   


The cost of LYB is £550 per student. The fee covers the three week intensive training period, theatre rehearsals, two performances, and costumes. Students are not expected to purchase their own costumes; these will be supplied by LYB. Students will have to provide their own ballet shoes or pointe shoes where required. Based on a typical six hour rehearsal day, this works out at approx. £5.50 per hour. 


LYB may award discretionary half bursaries to a student or students who show exceptional talent but who may not be able to afford the full fees. LYB encourages all students to attend our audition, regardless of financial circumstances.  


Sleeping Beauty 2022


Audition date: Sunday 8 May 2022 - Welland School of Dancing, Broad Street, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 1PJ

Rehearsal period: Saturday 23 July – Saturday 13 August 2022 - Welland School of Dancing

Performances: Saturday 13 August 2022 - The Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford



The Former Stamford Museum, Broad Street,                      Stamford, Lincs,                            PE9 1PJ

Phone: 07828 857061