Dance Journeys 2017 © Danilo Moroni

Dance Journeys gives young people a unique opportunity to create, perform and experience being part of a professional company.

Supported by John Lyon’s Charity, students from partner schools come together with ENBYouthCo to work with a professional choreographer, composer and young musicians from the Royal College of Music Juniors Department to create a performance piece inspired by work within English National Ballet’s current repertoire.

In 2018, young dancers from Copthall School, Friern Barnet School, Hammersmith Academy and Hampstead School performed Chrysalis at Sadler’s Wells.  The 2018 artistic team included direction by Jo Meredith, choreography by English National Ballet artists, costume design by Susan Kulkarmi, and all set to a powerful musical score by Thomas Hewitt Jones, recorded by young musicians from the Royal College of Music Juniors Department.

Dance Journeys to me is learning new skills, improving, and making new friends
Dance Journeys participant
It’s a really brilliant way for young people to come together, be inspired by each other, working together as a team and creating something beyond their wildest dreams
Jo Meredith, Dance Journeys Artistic Director

Another important strand to Dance Journeys is our collaboration with Hammersmith Academy’s Media Department. Using footage captured by a professional filmmaker, Year 12 and 13 students edit short behind the scenes documentary films (below) giving the audience an insight to the creative process. Students are selected by the Academy and supported and mentored by staff at the school and English National Ballet.