Auditions for LCB's 2017 season took place in October and November 2016. Registration for our 2018 production will not open until Summer 2017. If you would like to be notified about these auditions, you can email us to register your interest.
To find out about the plans for our coming season, please read the note from our Artistic Director. Choreographer and Royal Ballet dancer Erico Montes will be creating a special version of his hugely popular ballet of The Secret Garden, in a 40-minute format that can be adopted by dance schools and will also be suitable to take on tour to community venues, touching the lives of those who could not otherwise go to the theatre.
A company of 30 talented young dancers (girls 9 –14, boys 9 –16) has been selected to perform this special ballet at The Lyric Hammersmith during the May 2017 half term. A further 48 dancers have been offered places in one of LCB's four LCB2 Touring Companies.
In 2018, LCB will return to its regular audition and performance schedule, working towards a bigger West End production in the Spring of 2018. Auditions will be held in Autumn 2017 for performances in May 2018.
LCB holds open auditions each year for girls aged 9-14 and boys aged 9-16. We welcome audition candidates of all levels of experiences and all shapes and sizes. The judging panel looks for good technique, but they also look for that extra something special that makes a dancer beautiful to watch regardless of shape or size. The stories we choose are full of different kinds of characters, and this is taken into account when selecting our Company.
Auditions are held annually from the end of October and over November. Preliminary auditions are split over two weekends and involve two rounds. Candidates receive a results email or letter in the post, depending on how they registered. Depending on the numbers of children auditioning, final auditions will either take place on the same day or on a dedicated finals day. The new company is selected from this final audition.
Though auditions are competitive, judges are not looking just for technique; they are also trying to spot children who have a wonderful star quality that makes them appealing to watch. Children of all shapes and sizes are welcome to audition. Judges also take into consideration a child’s experience and level of training. If you are thinking about auditioning, take a look at some of our top tips!
The LCB judging panel is not looking for perfect dancers with perfect ballet bodies. Though they do look for good technique, they are also spotting things like a dancer’s ability to learn new steps, personality, grace, musicality and that special something that makes a dancer beautiful to watch.
Many dancers who come to audition with LCB don’t make it to the second round for very simple and avoidable reasons. Here are a few things to think about.
Visit YouTube to view some our audition clips and other LCB videos.