Interested in joining NYFTE?

If you're interested in joining NYFTE, we can offer you:

  • the friendship of young people sharing your interest in folk.
  • opportunities to learn new skills and develop existing ones.
  • the chance to learn from respected tutors and your peers. 
  • teamwork and a chance to develop your leadership skills.
  • opportunities to perform at festivals and concerts at home and abroad. 
  • extra confidence in your own abilities. 

Each year we:  

  • run a training event (usually in Chippenham, Wiltshire) on a weekend in February including audition / taster day for prospective new members
  • run an intensive residential training week in the Easter Holidays (usually at a school near Bristol). During this time we devise, learn and rehearse our repertoire for that year. 
  • perform at between 4 and 6 events across England, including at a variety of festivals. Members need to be accompanied to these by a responsible adult. Accommodation is often camping. 

There are expenses associated with NYFTE membership, such as team membership subscription, residential event fees, and the cost of food, travel and accommodation at events. We’ll provide more detail about these when you apply to join, but if the costs are prohibitive, please do talk to us as we may be able to come to an arrangement.  


Team members are generally welcome to remain in NYFTE until their 19th birthday. 

How to join NYFTE:   

  • Email us at any point during the year (see the ‘contact us’ page), providing the name and date of birth for the potential member. Please also include some background information (do they already dance, play or sing? If so what, to what level, and with whom? How did you find out about NYFTE? etc.)  We will reply, providing more information about NYFTE and how the team works.  
  • We will contact you in the Autumn months either with an application form for you to complete, or (if we are operating a waiting list) to let you know when we hope to be able invite you to apply.  
  • Our Audition/taster day is an opportunity for everyone involved to get to know each other. NYFTE directors will be looking at attitude, stamina, skills and potential as well as assessing how the young person would fit into the current team. The audition is also an opportunity for the young person to meet existing team members, discover how NYFTE works and decide whether it is an organisation they wish to commit to.   
  • We will be in contact shortly after the audition to let you know whether the potential member’s application has been successful this time. New team members will be given details about the Easter Training Week (the next main event after the audition process) where they will be welcomed into the team. There are many reasons why an individual’s application may be unsuccessful. If this is the case, they may be invited to re-audition the following year. 

Recent News


Many congratulations to the NYFTE Longsword team that came runners up in the 2023 SDU sword dance competition. Read more here.  



The NYFTE and Friends ceilidh we hosted in Bakewell Town Hall on the 16th July 2023 has been nominated by Buxton Fringe Festival in recognition of excellence! Read more here.  




On the 11th March 2023 NYFTE entered three teams into the DERT and DERTy competitions, this year held in Rochdale. Everyone involved had an amazing day, and the teams came home with four trophies! Read more here.  

Autumn Newsletter 2023
News and updates from the team about our activities this year.
Autumn 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.9 MB

Our leaflet

The NYFTE leaflet
An explanation about NYFTE, what we do and why.
Handout 2020 (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.9 MB