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Rambert Announces Rambert2 and Opens Worldwide Talent Search
Applications open Friday December 1.
40-date tour opens in autumn 2018.
  • A pioneering new ensemble created by Rambert in partnership with Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, supported by The Linbury Trust
  • Open auditions will be held for dancers, with successful applicants receiving full financial support to live and work in London
  • Rambert2 will tour a program of dance by Rafael Bonachela, Sharon Eyal and Benoit-Swan Pouffer, as well as Ohad Naharin's Kamuyot for schools
  • Rambert2 dancers will be funded to complete an MA in Professional Dance Performance

Outstanding contemporary dancers at the very beginning of their careers are invited to apply from Friday December 1 to join the first Rambert2 cohort from July 2018. Open auditions will be held in London in February 2018. For full details see www.rambert.org.uk/rambert2.

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TULSA BALLET is seeking male and female dancers with strong classical and contemporary technique for its 2018/19 Season. All auditions are by invitation only. For acceptance to auditions please send your resume and a video link of your dancing to <companymanager@tulsaballet.org>.
Audition dates and locations:
London, United Kingdom -- Sunday, February 18, 2018
Registration -- 9:00 am to 10:00 am | Audition -- 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Royal Ballet School, 46 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DA, United Kingdom
Rome, Italy -- Monday, February 19, 2018
Registration -- 10:00 am to 11:00 am | Audition -- 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
IALS , Via Cesare Fracassini, 60, 00196 Rome, Italy
Audition Fee: € 15
Cannes, France -- Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Registration -- 9:30 am to 10:30 am | Audition -- 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower, 140 Allée Rosella Hightwoer, 06250 Mougins, France
Munich, Germany -- Thursday, February 22, 2018
Registration -- T.B.D. | Audition -- T.B.D.
Hochschule für Musik and Theater München, Wilhelmstrasse 19, 80801 Munich, Germany
Audition Fee: T.B.D.
New York City, NY -- Saturday, February 24, 2018
Registration -- 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Audition -- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
School of American Ballet, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Audition Fee: $20
AGMA Company | Year-round Medical and Disability Insurance | 40 Week Contract
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Open call for FX Pilot, from an Emmy Award winning writer and creator

Looking for 4 ballet dancers (two males and two females) with strong classical technique, partnering and acting skills. The choreography consists of a pas de deux, with coda, a trio and an ensemble.

Male dancers must be strong enough to perform all kinds of lifts and should also have a strong virtuoso technique.

Female dancers should be strong on pointe, and have unique lines.

5 years of professional experience required.

Where: Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave., New York, NY 10018

When: Saturday, November 18 from 2pm to 5pm

Required: Documentation to complete the federal I-9 form. List of acceptable documents you need to bring can be found at Homeland Security website: www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf

**OPEN CALL--DANCERS DO NOT NEED TO BOOK OR BE PRE-APPROVED IN ORDER TO ATTEND**

Headshots will not be required as we will also be taking photos.

Details: Rehearsals will be held on November 27, 28, 29 and December 6. Filming will take place on December 7. Schedule is subject to change.

This will be a paid job.

Contact: fxpilotdance@gmail.comOpen call for FX Pilot, from an Emmy Award winning writer and creator

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New American Youth Ballet is holding auditions for their Nutcracker with productions on December 3 and 9 with a professional orchestra. Seeking high level classical ballet dancers to dance various roles. Audition new dancers Wednesday November 15 at 7 pm at 345 Chambers Street, Stuyvesant High School NYC, 6th floor. Teens-adults welcome. If available, please send video samples of your dancing to the below email address at your earliest convenience.
Call 707.725.2560 or 212.945.2926 or email newamericanyouth@yahoo.com for more information.
See an example of last year's finale here.

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Ballet des Amériques: Company Audition

Ballet des Amériques, Westchester's premier dance company and resident company of the historic Tarrytown Music Hall Theatre is looking for classically trained dancers with very strong technique and clean lines, both men and women.

Candidates should be comfortable with neoclassical, contemporary and modern techniques and works. Knowledge of African and Afro-Caribbean styles are advantageous.

Ballet des Amériques engages dancers who grasp and appreciate the pedagogical, aesthetic and ethical principles of its organization as a whole and who are willing to commit to their realization in the dance company. Ballet des Amériques is looking for individuals with artistic sensitivity and a high level of commitment to the art as a whole.

To be considered for an audition, please send your cover letter, resume, photograph and video material to the Assistant to the Director, Shirley Rodriquez, via email: <admin@balletdesameriques.com>. Please include "seeking classically trained dancers" in the subject line.

All applicants must have proper documentation to work in the U.S. (i.e. work permit, Green Card, U.S. Citizenship, etc.)

Audition Info: November 17, 2017 10am-12pm.

16 King Street, Port Chester, NY 10573 (30 minute train ride from Grand Central Station.)

For more information check out the company site and video trailer.

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Cirque du Soleil hosts open auditions for current and upcoming creations November 10-12.

In addition to being taught a series of challenging combinations, dancers are being asked to prepare and perform their own two-minute piece for the audition. Auditions are for dancers 18+ and they will be expected to perform everything from classical to hip-hop styles.

When: Friday November 10

9:10-9:40 am -- Interviews with casting

9:10-11:00 am -- Auditions

Where: Millenium Dance Complex, 6675 S. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89113.

All interested must RSVP by Thursday, November 9 at 5 pm to Danya Calkins at dcalkins@kirvindoak.com

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Hideoki Productions is looking for a caucasian male ballet dancer, ages 25–35, who can performance grand jeté on the sidewalks around New York City for a small print-brochure/web video for Sony/Japan

Rate: $2000/day x 2 = $4000 (1) years usage/buyout

Audition: Tuesday, November 7, by appointment only

Must be available for shoot dates: Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16

For more information, please contact Carol Ruthberg: carol@hideoki.com

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Indianapolis Ballet will host an open audition to fill the few remaining positions available in its founding company membership on Sunday, November 19.

The audition for dancers for both the professional company and its apprentice program will take place at the Indianapolis Ballet studio in downtown Indianapolis, located at 502 N. Capitol Ave., Suite B (2nd floor), from 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Audition candidates for the professional company must have at least three years of professional dance experience. Training in the Balanchine technique is a plus.

Visit indyballet.org/auditions and click the "Registration" tab for full instructions on how to pre-register. An audition fee of $25 will be required as part of the pre-registration process, but this fee will be waived for all American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) members.

When registering online, please be ready to provide up-to-date versions of the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Two full-body dance photographs
  • Optional: Proof of AGMA membership for waiving of registration fee (JPEG or PDF format)
  • Optional: Link to recent video featuring a classical work, variation

The audition will consist of a full ballet class and repertoire. Please prepare a classical variation, contemporary work, and provide music on CD format. (Variation/solo not to exceed 3 minutes each.)

Select the appropriate tabs on the indyballet.org/auditions page for full descriptions of the Company and Apprentice programs, including details for contract terms for Indianapolis Ballet's 2018 debut season beginning in early January.

Please send any questions regarding the auditions and registration process to auditions@indyballet.org.

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Syracuse City Ballet is seeking versatile, classically trained male and female dancers for the 2018/2019 performance season.

Apprentice and resident dancer positions are available. These are part-time positions.

Syracuse City Ballet is a regional ballet company with a full season featuring opportunities to perform classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoire, as well as be involved in outreach opportunities.

Audition will include excerpts of ballet class, SCB repertoire and interviews for specific candidates.

Headshot, resume and full-body dance photo are required at the time of the audition.

Video should be submitted prior to audition date.

All participants must pre-register at www.syracusecityballet.com

$15 audition fee due at time of registration

Contact 315.487.4879 or info@syracusecityballet.com for more information.

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Alberta Ballet is seeking male and female dancers with strong classical ballet technique for its 2018/2019 season.
Alberta Ballet will be holding open auditions in the following cities:
New York February 17, 2018
Toronto February 18, 2018
Calgary February 25, 2018
Audition times and locations will be posted on November 14, 2017. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates. If you are unable to attend any of our open auditions we do allow for private auditions at our Calgary Studios by invitation only.
Also seeking Male Company Artist (soloist or principal level). If you are an experienced professional dancer with strong ballet technique and extensive partnering experience we invite you to consider auditioning for a position with Alberta Ballet. Please email your completed application auditions@albertaballet.com. See audition requirements here.
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Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is seeking male dancers with strong classical, contemporary and partnering technique for immediate hire. All applicants who live outside the US must have a valid work visa. All applicants must be available to audition in person.

Auditions will be held during company class and are by invitation only. To apply, please send a resume, recent head shot and recent dance video to auditions.ghdt@gmail.com.

All applicants must be available for one or more of the listed performances and rehearsal periods:

Simcha: Weekends February 3-18, 2018 (Rehearsals beginning ASAP)

Superhero: March 30-31, 2018 (Rehearsals beginning in February)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: June 29-30,2018 (Rehearsals beginning in April)

GHDT provides:

  • Minimum of 30 week work schedule
  • Weekly salaries for company members and guest artists
  • Occasional national and international touring opportunities
  • Season performances as the resident dance company of the Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN
  • Teaching and choreographic opportunities at The Academy of GHDT
For more information please visit gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org

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Mooney Cooley Dance (MCD) is seeking 2 male and female ballet dancers for its 17th annual Nutcracker at The Riverside Theatre in NYC. Strong partnering skills required. Ladies should be 5'5'' or under.

Performance pay and travel stipend available.

Must be available for Saturday rehearsals in Westchester County (Metro North) and/or NYC during the week.

Performances dates: 12.8.17-12.10.17.

Please send inquiries to mcdnutcracker@gmail.com

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Bristol, U.K.-based New Works Ballet Theatre is looking for male and female dancers with strong ballet and contemporary techniques. Other techniques desirable but not essential to join this exciting new company.
We cannot offer a paid contract, but in return you will have regular performing experience and expert teaching. If interested, please send C.V. together with dance footage and headshot to NWBTbristol@hotmail.com.
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New York City-based dance company Ballets with a Twist seeks dancers for paid rehearsals and performances. Pointe work is required for women. All applicants must have strong classical ballet technique, be available for touring and reside in the New York tri-state area.
Women: 5'5'' and taller
Men: 5'8''-5'11''
Please submit resume, at least one full-body classical photo (en pointe for women) and video footage (if available) to info@balletswithatwist.com.
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Wilmington Ballet Company in Wilmington, NC is holding auditions for professional contracts and for its professional trainee program.
Paid contracts for 28 week season.
Trainee program is a 36 week season with paid contract upon completion.
Season includes three major performances at the state of the art, 1500 seat Wilson Center, multiple community/school performances, multiple university/college performances.
Initial audition is submitted via email and needs to include:
  • Video link
  • Photograph(s)
  • Resume
Follow up auditions on location are by invitation only.

See our ad in Pointe or go to www.wilmingtonballetcompany.org. Please email audition info to elizabethhesterballet@gmail.com.

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Ballet Fantastique in Oregon is holding auditions.

Summer Intensive, Contemporary Ballet Workshop Series, Barbara Becraft Apprentice Fellowship: Ages 13+

Professional dancers for 2017-2018 company contracts and apprentice positions: Ages 16+

Auditions to be held during company class in Eugene, OR (contact us to schedule your immersive audition and interview).

Pre-register and save $5 off audition class cost.

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Sarasota Ballet is seeking strong, classically trained male dancers to join the company as a principal and 1st soloist. The dancers should be versatile and able to perform a variety of repertoire, including classical, neo-classical and contemporary, as well as having an artistic sensibility.

Applications should be sent to Barbara Epperson, Administrative Assistant at bepperson@sarasotaballet.org or via mail to The Sarasota Ballet, 5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 Attn: Barbara Epperson. Please state that you are interested in auditioning for the rank of principal or 1st soloist.

If you are interested in auditioning for other positions in the Sarasota Ballet, please contact Barbara Epperson at bepperson@sarasotaballet.org. For more information, see our auditions page.

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The Plie Ballet Company is one of the few young owned ballet companies in Africa and is becoming internationally recognized for its innovative modern and contemporary ballet style. The company's founding and artistic director Lutho Hans is looking for dancers with strong classical and modern technique for their 2018/2019 season. We are accepting applications from professional and pre-professional dancers for all company positions and apprenticeships. We will audition dancers of all nationalities.

We are offering a 12 month contract starting January 2018.

Auditions are by invitation only. Email CV and video link to artistic director Lutho Hans: luthohans61@gmail.com.

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Artistic Director Brenda Vélez of Via Danza in Guadelajara, JAL, México announces auditions for the 2017-2018 year and more.

Auditions are by personal invitation only, but those abroad who apply will be placed on a waiting list for an invitation. Email danzaviadanza@gmail.com or danza@correo.viadanza.com with your application.

Please include:

  • Age
  • Height (cm)
  • Weight (kg)
  • Nationality
  • A dance photo
  • 5 minute link video via YouTube
  • Current and previous education
  • Minimum two paragraphs on how you see yourself as a dancers and where you think you are in your career
Please note: applications that don't follow the requisites above will not be considered. You must apply for a Mexican Student or Work Visa if invited. Do not contact us via telephone concerning your application.

Classes this year including the company's Summer Intensive are being made available to prospective foreign students. Please email the above addresses if interested. Living arrangements and travel are the student's responsibility. Admitted students must obtain a Mexican Student Visa.

We are looking for foreign teachers who wish to contribute to our programs and or help to start a new one. Please email the above addresses with your resume. You must apply for a Mexican Work Visa if hired.

School information:

Av. Mexico 3073, Col. Vallarta NTE., Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Tel: +52 33 1920 3039

www.viadanza.co

Instagram: viadanza

Twitter: viadanzaballet

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Experienced professional photographer located in the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area is looking to create a series of artistic images of ballet dancers. Ballet dancers should be 18 years of age or older only to ensure there are no issues with commercial use of their image. The dancers will receive finished images electronically for use as he/she pleases. This is a great opportunity for ballet dancers to have action and headshots done at no cost.

My general work can be viewed on my website, www.ronsartini.com. Interested dancers can contact me through my site to express introduce (please include several ballet photos of yourself) or request samples of my ballet work.

Video still by Nel Shelby Productions, Courtesy Dancio.

"What if you could learn from the world's best dance teachers in your living room?" This is the question that Dancio poses on their website. Dancio is a new startup that offers full length videos of ballet classes taught by master teachers. As founder Caitlin Trainor puts it, "these superstar teachers can be available to students everywhere for the cost of a cup of coffee."

For Trainor, a choreographer and the artistic director of Trainor Dance, the idea for Dancio came from a sense of frustration relatable to many dancers; feeling like they need to warm up properly before rehearsals, but not always having the time, energy or funds to get to dance class. One day while searching the internet for a quick online class, Trainor was shocked to not be able to find anything that, as she puts it, "hit the mark in terms of relevance and quality. I thought to myself, how does this not exist?" she says. "We have the Daily Burn for Fitness, YogaGlo for yogis, Netflix for entertainment and nothing for dancers! But then I thought, I can make this!" And thus, Dancio (the name is a combination of dance and video), was born.


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New York City Ballet in "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker." Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy Lincoln Center.

Nutcracker season is upon us, with productions popping up in on stages in big cities and small towns around the country. But this year you can catch New York City Ballet's famous version on the silver screen, too. Lincoln Center at the Movies and Screen Vision Media are presenting a limited engagement of NYCB's George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at select cinemas nationwide starting December 2. It stars Ashley Bouder as Dewdrop and Megan Fairchild and Joaquin De Luz as the Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier.

While nothing beats seeing a live performance (the company's theatrical Nutcracker run opens Friday), the big screen will no doubt magnify some of this production's most breathtaking effects: the Christmas tree that grows to an impressive 40 feet, Marie's magical spinning bed, and the stunning, swirling snow scene. Click here to find a participating movie theater near you—then, go grab some popcorn.

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Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet rehearsing for "The Sleeping Beauty" for the 2017/18 season. Photo by Arian Molina Soca, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet.

Today the Pennsylvania Ballet's board of trustees announced the appointment of Shelly Power as its new executive director. Having been involved in the five-month international search, company artistic director Angel Corella said in a statement released by PAB that he's "certain Shelly is the best candidate to lead the administrative team that supports the artistic vision of the company." Power's official transition will begin in February. This news comes at the end of a few years of turmoil and turnover at PAB, including the departure of former executive director David Gray in June.

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Tiler Peck with Andrew Veyette in "Allegro Brillante." Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy New York City Ballet.

"I was particularly excited when I saw my name on casting for Allegro Brillante in 2009," remembers principal dancer Tiler Peck. "Balanchine had said Allegro was, 'everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes,' and of course that terrified me." To calm her fear, Peck followed her regular process for debuts: begin by going back to the original performers to get an idea of the quality and feeling of the ballet and ballerina. "It is never to imitate, but rather to surround myself with as much knowledge from the past as I can so that I can find my own way," says Peck.

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 'The Nutcracker.' Photo by Rich Sofranko

Catching a performance of The Nutcracker has long been a holiday tradition for many families. And now, more and more companies are adding sensory-friendly elements to specific shows in an effort to make the classic ballet inclusive to children and adults with special needs.

While the accommodations vary depending on the company, many are presenting shorter versions of the ballet with more relaxed theater rules. Additionally, lower sound and stage light levels during the performance, as well as trained staff on hand, make The Nutcracker more accessible for those on the autism spectrum and others with special needs.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's performance will take place on Tuesday, December 26th, and they are one of the pioneer companies in presenting sensory-friendly performances of The Nutcracker (their first production was in 2013). PBT has also offered sensory-friendly versions of Jorden Morris' Peter Pan and Lew Christensen's Beauty and the Beast in the past.

See our list of sensory-friendly performances, and check out each site for all of the details regarding their offerings.

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Pilates hundred intermediate set-up, modeled by Jordan Miller. Photo by Emily Giacalone.

The Pilates hundred is a popular exercise used by many dancers for conditioning and warming up, but it's also one of the most misunderstood. Pumping your arms for 100 counts sounds simple enough, but it requires coordinated breathwork, a leg position that suits your abilities and proper alignment. Marimba Gold-Watts, who works with New York City Ballet dancers at her Pilates studio, Articulating Body, breaks down this surprisingly hard exercise. When done correctly, the benefits are threefold: "If you're doing it before class," she says, "the hundred is a great way to get your blood flowing and work on breath control and abdominal support all at once."

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Lie on your back with knees bent and feet on the floor. Nod your chin toward the front of your throat, and reach your fingertips long.

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At just 16 years old, the Bolshoi Ballet's Maria Alexandrova already had the makings of a great artist. In this variation from Coppélia, she portrays the carefree Swanilda with blithe, youthful ease.

When she bounds on stage in her perky pink tutu, you immediately notice her legs–they just go on forever. In the first sequence of steps she keeps her jetés and développés low, but then the phrase repeats and she lets her gorgeous extensions fly. She sails through Italian fouettés and whirls around in piqués en manège that get faster and faster. While she nails all the virtuosic movement, Alexandrova also pays beautiful attention to detail throughout the variation. Even the simplest steps become something exciting, like her precise pas de bourrées beginning at 1:03 that sing with musicality.

Swanilda has been one of Alexandrova's signature roles throughout her career. For a fun side by side, watch her perform the same variation almost 20 years later in this video. Although Alexandrova formally retired from the Bolshoi in February, she still performs frequently in Moscow and internationally as a guest artist. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!


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