In 1999, a group of dedicated dance teachers got together to discuss the need to improve the quality and standard of ballet and contemporary dance in Nicosia. Their passion to find and nurture talented young students across the city, and to help them further educate the students led to the founding of the Lefkosia Youth Ballet. The founding board of directors consisted of
President: Clare Andreou
Vice-President: Elena Maxouti
Secretary: Annita Hadjieftichiou
Treasury: Avgi Papakyriakou
Member: Alexia Petridou
Lefkosia Youth Ballet was founded in 1999 as a non-profit organization, and its purpose is to encourage and support talented young dancers, to further develop their skills and artistry. Additionally the Youth Ballet aims to further develop dance and arts in the capital, by producing high-quality dance performances. Throughout the years, Lefkosia Youth Ballet, which heavily relies on the volunteer work of its board and teacher members, has developed a magnitude of activities that are solely focused on the further development of the children inside the company. Our students are encouraged to learn to
work as a team, further develop their classical and contemporary technique, gain stage experience, and on- stage artistry.
The first audition in 1999 successfully entered 5 students into the company, and throughout the years, the numbers grew. Today, the Lefkosia Youth Ballet is comprised of 25 young dancers. Each year, depending on the needs of the company, auditions are held for other children to join our performances in supporting roles, and to work under the guidance of the Lefkosia Youth Ballet. Since 1999, one of the main wishes of the members was to be able to give the principal roles to Cypriot dancers, and today we can proudly say we have achieved our goal.