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Indianapolis Ballet - Professional Company & Apprentice Positions

Interested in joining America's newest professional resident ballet company? Indianapolis Ballet invites you to attend our upcoming audition for full company and apprentice program dancers at The School of American Ballet studios in New York City on Saturday, March 24.

Experienced dancers aged 19 and over will be eligible to attend the audition, which starts with registration from 3:00-4:00 pm ET.

The audition portion from 4:00-6:30 pm 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.)

To pre-register and for full details visit www.indyballet.org/auditions.

Indianapolis Ballet - Summer Intensive Audition in New York City (March 24)

The Indianapolis School of Ballet - the official school of the new Indianapolis Ballet professional company - will host 2018 Summer Intensive auditions for dancers ages 14-23 in New York City at The School of American Ballet on the afternoon of Saturday, March 24.

The Indianapolis School of Ballet's Summer Intensive curriculum provides exceptional instruction for the serious minded ballet student to reach their desired level of achievement. Both the five-week (June 18-July 20) & three-week (July 2-20) intensive programs include classes in Technique, Pointe, Variations, Adagio, Modern, Ballroom, Jazz, Pilates, and Weight Training for Men. All students will participate in weekly lectures on nutrition, physical therapy, foot care, and seminars on college and career preparedness.

Housing options near ISB's downtown Indianapolis studio are available, as are a limited number of scholarship opportunities, to be awarded to candidates who can show financial need, have dedicated work ethic, and a letter of reference.

For full information on the Indianapolis School of Ballet's 2018 Summer Intensive Program, including tuition fees and audition pre-registration, please visit www.indyballet.org/summer-intensive.


Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Radio City Productions is looking for a diverse cast of Rockettes©, Male and Female Dancers, Male and Female Vocalists (Singers), and Girls (Claras) to perform in the 2018 production of The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes in New York City. American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) contract with competitive salary and benefits including 401(k) plan and year-round health insurance. Auditions will be held at in New York, April 16 to 25. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.radiocityauditions.com.


Dancers Needed for Isadora

A new full length ballet by acclaimed choreographer Vladimir Varnava that tells the story of Isadora Duncan in Russia.

  • Audition is open to male and female dancers, age 18-35
  • A strong background in classical ballet is required.
  • Dancers must be available to travel to Orange County, CA from 7/1/18 to 8/13/18.
  • Dancers must be available to travel to Russia for a three city tour from 9/16/18 through 9/27/18.
  • Dancers must have a valid passport
  • Salary, hotel, and per diem provided.
Audition: Tuesday, 4/3/18 - 2pm to 6pm and Wednesday, 4/4/18 - 2pm to 6pm at New York City Center - Studio 5
To register or for more information, email BalletIsadora@gmail.com
You must register to audition.


Wonderbound is seeking male and female dancers for the 2018-2019 season. The Wonderbound contract for the 2018-19 season is 38-40 weeks at $750 per week and includes health insurance. Each season has 6-8 original productions featuring all live music.

Auditions are by invitation only. Qualified artists will be classically trained and have a minimum of two years professional experience or college degree. If invited to audition, artists should be prepared to spend two days in the studio with Wonderbound for company class and rehearsal. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

To be considered for an audition, please email Producing Director Dawn Fay at dfay@wonderbound.com attaching a cover letter, resumé, current full-body dance photos, headshot and studio or performance video link(s) (no montages).

Learn more at wonderbound.com.


Avant Chamber Ballet seeks classically trained men and women for the 2018-2019 season in Dallas TX. ACB repertoire includes classical to contemporary works with a contract form late September to early May. Dancers are paid per production based on experience and women are provided pointe shoes. Both company and apprentice positions are available.

Cost is $25. Please bring resume, head shot and full-body dance photo. Women will need pointe shoes. Training in the Balanchine technique is a plus.

March 10, 2:30-5:00 pm: New York City. Gibney Studios. Registration starts at 2 pm.

April 15, 3:00-5:00 pm: Dallas, TX. Park Cities Studios. Registration starts at 2:30 pm.

For more information, email info@avantchamberballet.org.


Bossov Ballet Theatre seeks male dancer age 17-28, with strong classical ballet background, to dance the role of Siegfried in Swan Lake. Rehearsals begin June 25 with performances on July 27 and 28. Compensation, plus full room and board provided. Send audition materials and bio to bbt@mci-school.org.


Ballet Hispánico Announces Company Auditions April 22-23, 2018

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, seeks experienced male and female dancers with strong classical and contemporary training. A minimum of 3-5 years of professional dance experience is required. Auditions are for 2018-2019 season contracts with excellent benefits and world travel.

Ballet Hispánico is located at 169 W. 89th Street, NYC.

Gentlemen: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Registration at 10 am

Ladies: Monday, April 23, 2018 - Registration at 11 am

Call Backs: Monday, April 23, 2018

For more information, visit https://www.ballethispanico.org/auditions.


Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premiere Latino dance organization, announces this year's Ballet Hispánico School of Dance 2018 Summer Programs.

ChoreoLaB, June 18-29, 2018 - ages 18+ | For audition details, visit www.ballethispanico.org/classes/choreolab

Summer Intensive, July 16-August 3, 2018 - ages 9-23 | For audition details, visit www.ballethispanico.org/classes/summer-intensive

ELEVATE! Summer Dance Boot Camp, July 9-13 - ages 9-18 | For details, visit www.ballethispanico.org/classes/elevate.


Ballet Frontier of Texas is seeking for male and female dancers with classical training for the 2018-2019 season. Ballet Frontier of Texas offers 30-week contracts for company, apprentice and Professional Ballet Internship Program. If you are unable to attend the audition on March 25, you may schedule a company class or email a video-link to balletfrontier@gmail.com.

Please bring headshot and resume to the audition.

Audition March 25, 2018

  • 6132 Overton RIdge Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76132
  • Registration: 9:30 am
  • Audition: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Audition Fee: $30
  • Register online and pay by phone or at the studio the day of the auditions.
  • For more information please contact us at balletfrontier@gmail.com
NWA Ballet Theatre Audition Notice
Want to dance innovative choreography in the fastest growing arts region of the country? NWA Ballet Theatre is the professional ballet company of Northwest Arkansas under the artistic direction of Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye. Ballet Theatre is looking to add four males and three female for the 2018/2019 season. Dancers must be at least 18 years of age, strong advanced training in classical and contemporary. Must have USA citizenship or proof of an established working visa.
OPEN AUDITION - Saturday, March 24, from 2:00-3:30. Check-in at 1:30 pm. $20 fee.
Location: The NWA Conservatory located at 3111 S.E. J Street in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Pre-Registration: If you plan on coming to the audition, please pre-register by emailing the information listed below to info@nwaballettheatre.org.
  1. Your resume/CV which includes height, birth date, and citizenship/visa status.
  2. Headshot and dance photo.
  3. Youtube/Vimeo links encouraged. Should include classroom center work and performance work in both classical and contemporary.
ROLLING AUDITION DATES: If you are interested in auditioning, but cannot attend the March audition, you can send your information (listed above) and the artistic director will review your submission and issue an invitation to attend a company class audition on a later date.
Contracts are August-June and include paid performances, educational opportunities, and aid in securing supplemental employment if desired. Pointe shoes and dance needs may be supplied through our Adopt-a-Dancer program.


Victoria Ballet Theater is looking for a female student dancer, from 8 years old, height 4'5'' to 4'8'' with some pointe technique to participate in the company's Spring Gala in NYC on May 20, 2018. Please email vbtusa@gmail.com or call/text 201.658.8778 for more information.


The Marigny Opera Ballet is looking for classically trained dancers with professional level contemporary dance experience for its October 2018-April 2019 Season of performances at the Marigny Opera House, New Orleans. The company will perform three programs of works by Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg, Rebecca Allen, Diogo de Lima and Teresa Fellion, with live orchestral accompaniment.

WHERE: Marigny Opera House, New Orleans

WHEN: March 24th, 2018, from 11 am - 2 pm


Please apply at info@marignyoperahouse.org. Audition by invitation only. Please submit a full CV (including height, weight and nationality), recent full-length dance photos and YouTube/Vimeo link. There is no application fee.

For more information about the Marigny Opera Ballet, please visit http://marignyoperahouse.org/ballet/


Ballet Palm Beach seeks classically trained male and female company members (35-week contract) and trainees for the 2018/2019 season. An audition will be held at the Ballet Palm Beach studios on April 3, 2018 at 10 am. Males seeking company positions must be 5'7''-6'. The trainee program is open to dancers ages 16-22 and may also attend the summer intensive audition at 4pm.

Apply by March 28 to company@balletpalmbeach.org with:

  1. CV/Resume detailing personal background, height, dance experience and training. If applicable, please indicate if currently in the USA on a visa, the type of visa, and when it expires.
  2. A letter of recommendation from previous employer or ballet instructor and/or list of 3 references.
  3. Head shot and photo of 1st arabesque, profile (en pointe for ladies).
  4. Link to a video of classical work and/or variation. Optional: additional contemporary or modern work/variation is also encouraged.
Selected dancers will be invited to Ballet Palm Beach's April 3 audition. Please 561.630.8235 for more information or visit balletpalmbeach.org. There are no processing/audition fees for applications submitted before March 28,


Ballet Royale Minnesota Summer Intensive Audition

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota this summer! Ballet Royal Summer Intensives are comprehensive day programs providing the finest professional instruction for all ages, for those students striving to reach their full potential. Master teachers join renowned faculty and guest instructors to give professional instruction.

Dates: February 11, 2018 & April 8, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm. Registration opens at 11:30 am.

Cost: $25 non-refundable audition fee; cash or check only

Location: Auditions are held at Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Audition for the following intensives:

  1. July Full-Day Summer Intensive, variable length options. AUDITION REQUIRED for Upper Division - completed a minimum one year pointe for girls; five or more years classical ballet training.
  2. NEW: August Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop. AUDITION REQUIRED for Upper Division - completed a minimum one year pointe for girls; five or more years classical ballet training.
For more information, visit BalletRoyaleMN.org


At Stavna Ballet, our dancers are passionate, talented and devoted to the art of movement. Interested in joining our company? We will be holding open company auditions for male and female dancers for 32 week contracts in our 2018/19 season.

Sunday, March 25th 1:00-3:00 pm

Stavna Ballet, 11420 Belvedere Vista Lane, Chesterfield, VA 23235

Audition Fee $20 (CASH or CHECK ONLY). Please bring a photo in first arabesque (ladies en pointe) and current resume to the audition. For more information www.stavnaballet.com or email director shannon@stavnaballet.com..

Mystic Ballet seeks contemporary male dancers with strong technique and experience with improvisation for the Season 18/19. Accepting online audition applications, learn how to apply: http://mysticballet.org/about-mb/audition/

Deadline for submission of application: May 1, 2018

Please note that your application will only be taken into consideration if it contains all the required information and if you have applied within the deadline.

Your application must contain:

  • A video reel (Youtube or Vimeo links)
  • CV (pdf or word doc)
  • Headshot (jpg or pdf)
We will send an email, with notification and relevant information if you have been invited to participate in a private company audition.

Where: The company's audition will take place in our studios in Stonington, CT USA.

To Apply: Complete the application form here: http://mysticballet.org/audition-form/

NOTE! The audition is free -- please don't send any payments when prompted upon submitting application.

For more information about Mystic Ballet, see our website: www.mysticballet.org


Mystic Ballet is looking for male and female dancers for:

Mystic Ballet's MB 2 -- Training Program 2018/19 Season (to learn more http://mysticballet.org/mb-study/mb2-trainee-program/)

Mystic Ballet's Summer Intensive July 16-August 13 (to learn more http://mysticballet.org/mb-study/mb-summer-intensive/)

Live Auditions:

  1. NYCB (February 18, March 31, April 8)
  2. Paris (February 24)
  3. London (February 25)

Accepting Online Auditions and Live Audition Registration, to apply: http://mysticballet.org/about-mb/audition/

Deadline for application: 2 days prior to live audition, and for Online Auditions May 1

Please note that your application will only be taken into consideration if it contains all the required information and if you have applied within the deadline.

Your application must contain:

  • a video reel (Youtube or Vimeo links)
  • CV (pdf or word doc)
  • Headshot (jpg or pdf)

Learn more about Mystic Ballet at: www.mysticballet.org


Ballet des Amériques Summer Intensive Audition

Four week program: July 30-August 24.

Classes and workshops in: ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, répertoire, partnering, modern dance, modern jazz, barre au sol, music and voice, ballet terminology (French), dance history, acting, arts and crafts, folkloric dance, stage makeup. Each week there will be master classes taught by renowned guest teachers. The program will culminate in a performance at the end of August.

Participation in our summer program is audition only. Auditions are on a rolling basis in class at our studios at 16 King Street in Port Chester, NY. Please call for details 646.753.0457 or email admin@balletdesmaeriques.com to register for an audition.

For applicants from foreign countries or remote states, there is a video audition option. Please contact the school for detailed instructions. Deadline to apply is April 1.


Ballet des Amériques is looking for classically and modern trained dancers -- men and women -- for its professional dance company. Candidates should also be comfortable with neoclassical, contemporary and modern techniques and works. Knowledge of African and Afro-Caribbean dance styles would be 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 arts as a whole.

To be considered for a company class 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 the proper documentation to work in the US (i.e.: work permit, Green card, US citizen, etc.)
If hired, candidates will be asked to fill out a W-4 and sign a contract. Dancers receive rehearsal and performance pay.

Location: 16 King St. Port Chester, NY 10573

Note: Studios are one minute from Port Chester's MNR commuter train.

Applications are due April 28.


Ballet 5:8 is seeking classically trained dancers, both men and women, for Trainee, Apprentice and Company Artist positions for the 2018/2019 Season. Ballet 5:8 is located just south of Chicago, in Frankfort, IL.

The mission of Ballet 5:8 is to engage communities in Chicago, the Midwest and across the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance.

Under the direction of Julianna Slager, Ballet 5:8 continues to perform in Chicago and across the US each season, performing new works inspired by our mission. The 2018/19 repertoire will include The Great Divorce, Compass and the Four Seasons of the Soul among other new and existing Ballet 5:8 repertoire.

Ballet 5:8 Company Artists work for 25-30 weeks each season, receive a weekly stipend, and have access to daily technique classes, weekly Pilates and yoga, and Ballet 5:8's 7,000 square foot facility in addition to attending rehearsals Monday-Friday. Company Artists perform up to 40 times each season.

Company Audition Info: https://www.ballet58.org/jobs

Trainee Audition Info: https://www.ballet58.org/trainee-program

Audition Info Tour (January 13-April 7): https://www.ballet58.org/master-classes

Email us with questions: info@ballet58.org


Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Company Auditions

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, located in Indianapolis, Indiana is seeking male and female dancers for company positions, guest work, and apprenticeships for its 2018-2019 season. GHDT is a contemporary ballet/modern dance company looking for dancers with strong training in ballet, modern and contemporary styles. 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 on:

Saturday, January 13, 2018 12:30-2:00 pm

Saturday, March 3, 2018 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Saturday, April 7, 2018 12:30-2:00 pm

All auditions will be held at:

The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

329 Gradle Dr. Carmel, IN 56032

Audition will include ballet barre, modern exercises and company repertoire. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to audition time. Audition fee: $20.

Email auditions.ghdt@gmail.com to register.

GHDT is also accepting auditions during company class on Fridays from 9:30-11:00 am. Dancers might be invited to stay after the class audition to learn company repertoire. Please register beforehand by email and bring a resume and headshot.

For more information please visit gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org


PDX Contemporary Ballet is seeking males and females who are well versed in ballet and contemporary technique. Females must have strong pointe technique.

When and Where
June 23, 2018 at Center for Movement Arts 1734 SE 12th ave Portland, OR

Video auditions will also be accepted.

Please Submit
-2 dance photos of your choice
-$15 registration fee

For more information visit our website at

Email info@pdxcb.com with any questions.


Ballet Academy East 2018 Summer Intensive Auditions

This two-week program gives serious students ages 9-19 the opportunity to cap off their summer studies and prepare for the season ahead. An internationally illustrious faculty instructs students in technique, pointe, men's, pas de deux, variations and modern classes.

Audition dates are March 10, 2018 and May 6, 2018.

All potential students must fill out the audition application, and will receive an email response within one week of submission. If the applicant is invited to audition, a fee of $25.00 will be processed. Please fill out the audition application by following the link http://balletacademyeast.com/summer-intensive/.

Please make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned audition time, so you can receive a name tag and give any additional information.

Female students should be dressed in a solid color leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers (and pointe shoes, if applicable).

Male students should be dressed in a white shirt and black tights, with black or white ballet slippers.

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


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.
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.


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.

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