About INYB 

Irish National Youth Ballet is the premier youth ballet company in Ireland. Funded by the Arts Council, the company aims to give the best young dancers in Ireland the opportunity to train with brilliant teachers and choreographers and to perform in exciting semi-professional productions throughout the year. Many of our former members have gone on to professional training overseas. Having the performance experience with INYB can really help those dancers when it comes to auditions for further training.

Our Mission

  • To provide an opportunity for young Irish Ballet dancers to train as a company with internationally trained teachers and visiting choreographers.
  • To create a semi-professional Youth Ballet Company in Ireland.
  • To enable talented young dancers to stay in Ireland and receive world-class training.
  • To develop and maintain the highest artistic standards.

Our Key Issues

  • Irish National Youth Ballet Company works in conjunction with the private dance teacher and is an advanced supplement to their private training.
  • Irish National Youth Ballet Company also aims to showcase the talents of Professional Irish Ballet dancers who have successful performance careers abroad. These dancers appear as guest artists in Irish National Youth Ballet performances.
  • Ensure the continued growth and viability of the company through responsible administration and fiscal management.

Our Mission

  • To provide an opportunity for young Irish Ballet dancers to train as a company with internationally trained teachers and visiting choreographers.
  • To create a semi-professional Youth Ballet Company in Ireland.
  • To enable talented young dancers to stay in Ireland and receive world-class training.
  • To develop and maintain the highest artistic standards.

Our Key Issues

  • Irish National Youth Ballet Company works in conjunction with the private dance teacher and is an advanced supplement to their private training.
  • Irish National Youth Ballet Company also aims to showcase the talents of Professional Irish Ballet dancers who have successful performance careers abroad. These dancers appear as guest artists in Irish National Youth Ballet performances.
  • Ensure the continued growth and viability of the company through responsible administration and fiscal management.

Company Structure

INYB is annually funded by the Arts Council of Ireland to support the achievement of our aim to provide exceptional experience for the young members. In addition we earn revenue from membership and performances. We aim to enhance the training our members get from their ballet teachers in a performance based company which delivers two full performance seasons annually in addition to partnerships and collaborations.

INYB achieved charitable status in 2013 (Charity No.19198) and is fully compliant with all aspects of corporate governance. Our Memorandum and Articles of Association may be viewed here.

Our most recent annual accounts can be found here. The salary of the Artistic Director is €26,00-€30,000.

Our safeguarding policies may be accessed here.

The Board of Directors

Oliver Sears

Oliver Sears

Oliver Sears is the director of his eponymous gallery on Molesworth St. He has been involved in contemporary fine art in Ireland for over twenty years and represents some of the seminal artists working in Ireland today including Hughie O’Donoghue, Joseph Walsh, Donald Teskey and Colin Davidson. He was appointed to the board in 2011.

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson has marketing consultancies and integrated marketing agencies in Dublin. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he has developed campaigns for many of the country’s best known brands which have gone on to win local and international awards. He was appointed to the board in 2011.

Catherine O'Donnovan

Catherine O'Donnovan

Catherine O’ Donovan is a Registered Nurse. After many years working within the HSE Catherine now works for a large multinational medical devices company. Her role is education and training, of patients and Healthcare Professionals, in the use of specific medical devices. Catherine is mum to three teenage daughters who have all loved to dance since an early age. Her involvement with INYB started when her eldest daughter joined the company back in 2015. She has been a member of the INYB Parents Committee for several years and joined the board in 2020.

Hannah Coleman

Hannah Coleman

Hannah Coleman is the Communications and Regional Development Manager at Boardmatch Ireland, a registered charity that works to improve transparency and governance on charity boards, by helping match suitably skilled candidates to the boards of Irish charities and not-for-profits. Beyond Boardmatch, Hannah is an arts enthusiast, with 20 years of classical ballet training and a BA in English with Film Studies from UCD. Hannah joined the Board in 2020.

Dr Olive Braiden

Dr Olive Braiden

Olive Braiden has a long and distinguished career dedicated to public service. She currently sits on the Governing Body of Trinity College Dublin. Olive has been the Chairperson for the National Gallery, the Performance Verification Group for the Dept of Justice, the Arts Council, and the State’s Crisis Pregnancy Agency. Olive was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Laws by University College Dublin in 2008.

Aidan Byrne

Aidan Byrne

Aidan is a Chartered Tax Advisor and partner in RSM Ireland, a leading firm of accountants. Prior to joining RSM, he worked in the Revenue Commissioners. He represents the firm on international tax matters within the RSM international network. He is also a member of the Board of Crumlin Homecare, a not for profit organisation committed to enabling older persons and families under stress to live  safe, happy and independent lives in their own homes.