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What is Scottish Ballet Youth Exchange?

Scottish Ballet’s Youth Exchange is a one-year dance programme for young dancers aged 14-24. It is designed to prepare you for a career in the dance industry.

As part of the programme, you will get the opportunity to work as a company, train with guest choreographers, perform in original dance works, meet young dancers from all over the world, develop as a dance artist, and travel to participate in an international exchange with other young dancers.

Watch the video below to find out more.

Who can apply?

The programme is for dancers aged 14 -24, based in Scotland and preparing for a dance career. You can be trained in any dance style but must be comfortable performing contemporary choreography. You must be able to travel to Scottish Ballet, Albert Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow on Tuesday evenings for weekly sessions.


What can I expect?

In this programme, you will develop your technical and creative skills through contemporary and ballet classes. You will work with Scottish Ballet’s engagement team, company dancers, national and international guest choreographers. You will also have the opportunity to travel, work with young dancers from all over the world and experience new cultures. During the programme, you will create your own fundraising event with support from the company’s expert teams and develop your entrepreneurial and leadership skills.


Audition Timeline

Entry onto the Youth Exchange programme is via audition at Scottish Ballet HQ. The open audition will consist of contemporary based movement sequences and creative tasks with other dancers. The audition workshops will be led by Scottish Ballet’s engagement team and we aim to create a relaxed and welcoming environment. All auditions are free to attend.

Please note if you are attending a Youth Exchange open audition that has been offered by your school/college you DO NOT need to attend the open audition on Tuesday 7 November at Scottish Ballet HQ.

  • Open Audition: Tuesday 7 November 2023 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Selected applicants notified: Wednesday 8 November 2023
  • Call back audition: Sunday 12 November 2023 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


Programme Timeline

  • Intensive at Scottish Ballet HQ: Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 November 2023
  • Term 1 Sessions: Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm from 9 January – 6 February 2024
  • Intensive at Scottish Ballet HQ: Sunday 11 – Wednesday 14 February 2024
  • Term 2 Sessions: Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm from 27 February – 26 March 2024
  • Performance at location TBC: Saturday 16 March 2024
  • Term 3 Sessions: Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm from 16 April -18 June 2024
  • International Exchange : Saturday 22 June – Monday 1 July 2024
  • Rehearsals and Performances  : 12 August – 23 August 2024
  • Final Session: Tuesday 27 August 2024



A one off fee £100 for successful applicants. Financial assistance may be available. Further individual fundraising and group fundraising is a requirement of the programme.

Applications for Youth Exchange 2022/2023 are now closed. All candidates will receive an email about the next steps of the application process.