Looking for dancers? Send your audition notices to pointemagazine@dancemedia.com. We will post for free.

Audition for CityDance Summer Intensives in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Koresh Dance
Sunday, Feb 10, 2018

DREAM Center for Dance2001 10th Street NWWashington, DC 20001
Ages 8 and up
More info: https://www.citydance.net/Training-Classes/School-and-Conservatory/Summer
Contact summer@citydance.net / 301.581.5204

CityDance Summer Intensives provide a challenging exploration of classical and contemporary techniques taught by Dance Theatre of Harlem, Koresh Dance Company and International Artists, as well as CityDance Ballet Master Stanislav Issaev and award-winning contemporary choreographers including CityDance Choreographer-in-Residence Robert J. Priore. Intensives take place in Rockville, MD.


Dances Patrelle announces auditions for the brand new ballet The American Dream: It's Only Business on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 6-7:30pm (sign-in starts at 5pm) at Ballet Academy East, 1651 Third Avenue, NYC. Auditions are free of charge.

Dances Patrelle is looking for three teens, male and female, between the ages of 15 and 18, with strong ballet technique and acting skills for the upcoming production of The American Dream: It's Only Business. Ladies should be prepared to dance en pointe. Additionally seeking four or five young dancers, between the ages of 10 and 12, who are studying ballet and who are interested in dramatic roles. All dancers should arrive in appropriate dance attire.

Dances Patrelle will present The American Dream: It's Only Business from April 12-14, 2019 at New York Live Arts.
For questions, email director@dancespatrelle.org.

*Please do not call Ballet Academy East or Dances Patrelle Offices*


Pennsylvania Ballet II will be holding an open audition on Sunday February 24 at 11am at our studios, located at 323 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Registration will begin at 10am.

The audition will begin at 11am.

There is no audition fee.

Please bring a copy of your resume, headshot, and an arabesque photo.

This will NOT be an audition for Pennsylvania Ballet or The School of Pennsylvania Ballet Summer Intensive.

Please email audition@paballet.org with questions.


Indianapolis Ballet 2019/20 Season - Company & Apprentice Auditions

On the heels of its historic debut year of programming and performances, Indianapolis Ballet is seeking experienced dancers for the professional resident company's 2019/20 Season (August 2019 through May 2020). Acceptance to the Indianapolis Ballet professional company is by audition only. Candidates for the professional company must have at least three years of professional dance experience, and training in the Balanchine technique is a plus.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). An audition fee of $25 must be paid online during pre-registration or upon arrival at the audition. Active members of AGMA will have their registration fee waived (must provide proof of membership at on-site registration).See below for audition dates currently on our calendar; video submissions will also be accepted … visit www.indyballet.org/auditions for full details and to pre-register.

Chicago, Ill. | Sunday, February 3

  • Ballet Chicago | 17 N. State Street, 19th floor in downtown Chicago
  • Registration at 1:30 p.m. CT, followed by class from 2:00-4:00 p.m. CT

Indianapolis, Ind. | Sunday, February 24
  • Indianapolis Ballet | 502 N. Capitol Ave., Suite B (2nd floor) in downtown Indy
  • Registration at 2:30 p.m., followed by class from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

New York City, N.Y. | Sunday, March 3
  • The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts | 70 Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan
  • Registration at 4:00 p.m., followed by class from 4:30-7:00 p.m.


Indianapolis School of Ballet 2019 Summer Intensive Program Auditions

The Indianapolis School of Ballet - the official school of America's newest fully professional resident ballet company, Indianapolis Ballet - is taking auditions for its 2019 Summer Intensive program on the road beginning in January. The 2019 ISB Summer Intensive will take place from June 10-July 19 at IB's downtown Indy studios and feature instruction and seminars from experienced faculty and professional dancers, including members of the IB company and IB/ISB's founding artistic director, former Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Victoria Lyras.

Dancers ages 10-23 are invited to attend the following auditions, with a registration fee of $30 due either during pre-registration online or upon registering in person on the day of the event.

Students must be 10 years of age by June 1, 2019. Housing options will be available for students ages 13-23.
Please bring two photos to the audition - a headshot (may be a school photo) and full-length dance photo in first arabesque. Ladies must bring pointe shoes.

For full details on the 5-week and 3-week ISB Summer Intensive programs, including tuition, housing, and scholarship information, please visit www.indyballet.org/summer-intensive.

Indianapolis, Ind. | Sunday, January 20

  • Indianapolis Ballet | 502 N. Capitol Ave., Suite B (2nd floor) in downtown Indy
  • Ages 14-23: Registration at 12:00 p.m., followed by class from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
  • Ages 10-13: Registration at 1:00 p.m., followed by class from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Springboro, Ohio | Saturday, January 26

  • Pontecorvo Ballet Studio | 20 Commercial Way in Springboro
  • Ages 10-23: Registration at 2:00 p.m., followed by class from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Bloomington, Ind. | Sunday, January 27

  • IU Ballet Theater at the Musical Arts Center (MAC) | 101 N. Jordan Avenue, Room 305 in Bloomington
  • Ages 10-23: Registration at 2:00 p.m., followed by class from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Chicago, Ill. | Sunday, February 3

  • Ballet Chicago | 17 N. State Street, 19th floor in downtown Chicago
  • Ages 14-18: Registration at 11:30 a.m. CT, followed by class from 12:00-1:30 p.m. CT

Indianapolis, Ind. | Sunday, February 24

  • Indianapolis Ballet | 502 N. Capitol Ave., Suite B (2nd floor) in downtown Indy
  • Ages 14-23: Registration at 12:00 p.m., followed by class from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Ages 10-13: Registration at 12:00 p.m., followed by class from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

New York, N.Y. | Sunday, March 3

  • The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts | 70 Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan
  • Ages 16-18: Registration at 4:00 p.m., followed by class from 4:30-7:00 p.m.


Avant Chamber Ballet is seeking classically trained men and women for the 2019-2020 season in Dallas TX.
ACB repertoire includes classical to contemporary works with a contract from late Sept to late April. Dancers are paid weekly based on experience. Training in the Balanchine technique is a plus.
Please bring your resume, headshot, and full-body dance photo. Women will need pointe shoes. Cost is $30.

March 9th, 1-3pm. Registration starts at 12:30pm.
Lou Conte Dance Studio
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
1147 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

March 17th, 1-3pm. Registration starts at 12:30pm.
Park Cities Studios
7979 Inwood Rd
Suite 201
Dallas, TX 75209

March 24th, 1-3pm. Registration starts at 12:30pm.
The Ailey Studios
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue
New York, New York 10019

For more information, email info@avantchamberballet.org


Ballet San Antonio is a professional ballet company with 23 dancers including apprentices, corps de ballet, soloists, and principal dancers.


Auditions are by invitation only. If you would like to audition, please submit the requirement to auditions@balletsanantonio.org. Audition materials cannot be returned.




Must be 18 or older (18+ for Corps and up/17+ for Apprentices)

Resume or CV

3-5 minute video | Performance footage (one classical and one contemporary) or center work only

Send via email with link to You Tube or Vimeo

If available, send an excerpt of a recent performance filmed within the last 3 months. If this is not a solo work, be sure to clearly indicate which one of the dancers is you. If older performance clips are included, please note the month and year.

Two-three full-body dance photos and a headshot

If selected, please see the audition times below.

AUDITION DATE: March 9 and 10, 2019

REGISTRATION: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

AUDITION TIME: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

LOCATION: Mexican Cultural Institute, 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, San Antonio, TX 78205

REGISTRATION FEE: $25.00 due at check-in


Ballet Memphis will hold national auditions on March 16, 2019.

Time: Registration 12:00-1:00, Ballet Class 1:00-2:30, Repertoire 2:30-4:00
Location: Ballet Memphis Studios, 2144 Madison Ave., Fly Studio
Cost: $20.00 (cash or credit)

Dancers should be prepared to work on both flat and pointe. Registration will occur on site the day of the audition, and each dancer should arrive with a resume and a headshot.

Contact: Ballet Master Brian McSween at bmcsween@balletmemphis.org


Ballet des Amériques is pleased to announce its 2019 Summer Intensive program AUDITIONS

Saturdays January 19, 2019

Participation in our summer program is by audition only.

4 to 8 years old scheduled at 9:00

12:30 pm to 2pm for all others levels and ages in our studios at 16 King Street in Port Chester.

For pre-registration and information call

646-753-0457 or email admin@balletdesameriques.com


Roxey Ballet

Audition Location:

243 N. Union Street

Lambertville, NJ 08530

Audition Date:

January 19, 2018

Audition Times:

Ages 4 to 6 - 2:00-2:30

Ages 7 to 10 - 2:30-3:00

Ages 11 to 13 - 3:00-3:30

Ages 14 to 18 - 3:30-4:00

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time.

**Audition Fee - $35.00

Audition Registration Fee:

Register Online

Download audition form and bring it to the audition

Online Registration will be available until Friday January 18th at 5:00 PM


Ballet Frontier of Texas is holding open auditions in Fort Worth, TX for the 2019-20 season. Artistic Director Chung Lin Tseng is seeking classically trained male and female dancers to join the Company at all ranks. Age 15 and up.

Date: Sunday, February 17 2019


  • Registration: 9:30am
  • Audition 10:00-12:00pm

Location: Ballet Center of Fort Worth, 6132 Overton Ridge Blvd., Fort Worth TX 76132, tel: 817-852-6887


Current headshot
2-3 full-body dance photographs
Recent video(s) to a classical work, variation
There will be a $30 pre-registration fee payable by credit card

Bring: Hard copies of resume, headshot and dance photos with you to the audition.

If you cannot make it to the Fort Worth audition, please submit the required materials to our video audition page, and you will be notified if you are invited to attend an audition class in Miami.

Register here: https://www.balletfrontier.org/audition-registration
For questions please contact balletfrontier@gmail.com


Bayer Ballet's 2019 SUMMER INTENSIVE
July 1 - August 9
Ages 9 - Pre-Professional

Location: Mountain View, CA (San Francisco Bay Area)

Refine your technique & artistry, while discovering opportunities to take your dancing to next level.

An artfully-rigorous curriculum, presenting Vaganova technique in its purest form, is delivered by internationally-acclaimed Bayer Ballet Faculty & Guest Instructors.

**Qualified Summer Intensive students are invited to audition for the full-time pre-professional training program.

February 3
Westside School of Ballet
2:30-3pm - Registration (ages 9-12)
3-4:30pm - Audition (ages 9-12)
4-4:30pm - Registration (ages 13+)
4:30-6pm - Audition (ages 13+)
February 10
Pacific Northwest Ballet
10:30-11am - Registration (ages 13+)
11am-12:30pm - Audition (ages 13+)
12-12:30pm - Registration (ages 9-12)
12:30-2pm - Audition (ages 9-12)
February 24
Bayer Ballet
11:30am-12pm - Registration (ages 9-12)
12-1:30pm - Audition (ages 9-12)
12:45-1:30pm - Registration (ages 13+)
1:30-3pm - Audition (ages 13+)
Deadline: March 31, 2019


Portland Ballet (Maine) Artistic Director Nell Shipman is seeking apprentice and company dancers for the 2019/2020 season — Contracts are 35 weeks and run from September until May; PB presents four mainstage productions each season, in addition to outreach and collaboration performances.

AUDITIONS ARE BY INVITATION ONLY. To be considered, please submit an audition video, along with a cover letter, resume, 2/3 dance shots and a headshot via email: nell.shipman@portlandballet.org


The Ballet Company of Comic Opera for Children, Bucharest

The Comic Opera for Children is seeking male and female dancers to join the ballet company as soloists and corps de ballet for the 2019/2020 season.


  • Strong classical technique.
  • Ladies: 18-28 years old, height 1.63-1.70 m
  • Gentlemen: 18-28 years old, height 1.75-1.85 m
  • This audition is by invitation only.

To apply:

  • Please email your resume, photos, as well as video links (ladies on pointe) atbaletoperacomica@gmail.com with Audition in subject line.
  • Your CV must contain: your age, height, weight, nationality, as well as recent photos such as head shot and full body shot in classical ballet poses.
  • The audition will comprise a full ballet class and a classical variation


Monday, March 18th , 2019 at 2 p.m. corps de ballet

Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 4 p.m. soloists


Calea Giuleşti, Nr.16, Bucharest, Romania

Deadline for applications: 03.04.2019

All appliers will receive an email response within one week of submission.


The Ballet Hispánico Company, under the artistic direction of Eduardo Vilaro, seeks experienced male dancers with strong classical and contemporary training. Auditions will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 167 West 89th Street, NYC. Registration begins at 11:00am.

A minimum of 3-5 years of professional dance experience is required. Auditions are for 2019-2020 season contracts with excellent benefits and world travel. Auditioning dancers should bring an 8x10 headshot, resume, and $10 nonrefundable fee (cash only). Questions can be addressed to auditions@ballethispanico.org.


The University of Oklahoma School of Dance will hold a national audition tour for its annual Summer Intensive dance program to be held in Norman, OK from June 10 through 29, 2019 for students ages 13 to 25.

The Summer Intensive audition tour will include such locations as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta and San Francisco, reflecting OU's status as a top-tier dance training institution. Auditions begin in Chicago on Jan.12 and conclude in Norman on March 2. Video auditions are also accepted, uploaded to our website or postmarked no later than March 4, 2019. Please call (405) 325-4051 or visit dance.ou.edu/summer/ for audition details.


Island Moving Company's NEW YORK AUDITION

Audition: Ballet class, Choreography and Island Moving Company Rep
Sunday, February 3, 2019 ~ 4-6pm (3:30pm Registration)
Steps on Broadway – Studio 2
2121 Broadway @ 74th Street, NY, NY 10023


Fee: $20. Please provide resume and headshot.

Professional contracts available for male & female dancers.
Strong classical ballet, modern & contemporary technique and partnering experience required.

Regular Contract Period September 2019 – July 2020 (28+ weeks annually)

Season includes repertory performances and touring nationally and internationally.

Contact Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest for audition requirements & additional information
danielle@islandmovingco.org or 401-847-4470

Island Moving Co. is a classically trained contemporary ballet company based in Newport, RI, which produces new dance works through a collaborative creative process. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, the Company has produced and presented dances for 38 years by a diverse group of choreographers, working with musicians, poets, and visual artists.

Island Moving Company resides in beautiful Newport, RI, with its bustling waterfront, year-round festivals and events, historical mansion and lively eateries. The IMC dancers work in spacious studios in the heart of this famed home of musicians, artists and dancers, creating new and innovative nationally recognized work.


Savannah Ballet Theatre is seeking professional dancers to fill positions at all levels within the company for the exciting 2019/2020 Season. SBT's repertory includes classical full-length ballets and exciting original productions. Company contracts are for 31 weeks. Company benefits include pointe shoes and performances pay. Apprentices (ages 17-21) pay a nominal tuition fee, receive daily training, and take company class and perform with the full company in all productions. Dancers should bring resume and head shots. Audition spots are limited. Online registration available at www.savannahballettheatre.org

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 10:00 AM
Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 10:00 AM
Saturday, April 6, 2019 @10:00 AM

Savannah Ballet Theatre Studios
115 Charlotte Road
Savannah, GA 31410

If you have further questions regarding the open auditions, please contact us at contact@savannahballettheatre.org. Read more about Savannah Ballet Theatre at www.savannahballettheatre.org.



Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, located in Indianapolis, Indiana is seeking male and female dancers for company positions, guest work, and apprenticeships for its 2019-2020 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 U.S. MUST HAVE A VALID WORK VISA. ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO AUDITION IN PERSON.

Auditions will be held on:
Saturday, January 19, 2019 1:30-3:30pm

Saturday, March 9, 2019 1:30-3:30pm

Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:30-3:30pm

All auditions will be held at:

The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
329 Gradle Dr. Carmel, IN 46032
Registration begins 30 minutes prior to audition time

Audition fee: $20
Audition will include ballet barre, modern exercises, and company repertoire.

GHDT also accepts auditions during company class. These auditions are by invitation only. To apply, please email a resume, headshot, and recent dance reel to auditions.ghdt@gmail.com.

For registration or inquiries about the audition please visit gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org or email auditions.ghdt@gmail.com.


Stavna Ballet, under the direction of Shannon Hunter McConville, is looking for male and female dancers with strong classical and contemporary technique for the 2019-2020 season. Dancers should bring a résumé, current headshot and a dance photo. Ladies must bring pointe shoes. Selected dancers will be asked to stay for repertory. Trainee and company positions available.


The Portland Ballet will hold auditions for new students January 21 for its 2019 Summer Intensive, Second Semester Curriculum & Career Track programs. Auditions will be held at its TPB's studio, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway. There is NO registration fee.

This audition is for NEW students only, ages 11-22. Current TPB students are not required to audition. Students younger than 11 can audition during a regularly scheduled class. Audition forms will be provided at the time of audition, and digital photos will be taken during registration. Dancers should not bring resumés or headshots. TPB is devoted to nurturing, student-centered ballet training.

Date: Jan. 21, 2019
Registration: Noon
Class: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 11-22*
Note: If on pointe, please bring pointe shoes.
* Students younger than 11 can audition during a regularly scheduled class. Call the studio for more information and class schedules.


Dress code:
-Girls: A simple leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers (and, if applicable, pointe shoes)
-Boys: Black tights, a white T-shirt/leotard and ballet slippers

More information: theportlandballet.org, theportlandballet.org/classes/auditions/, 503.452.8448


Virginia National Ballet is holding auditions for the 2019-20 Season at the Alvin Ailey Studios in NYC on Sunday, March 10, 12 pm – 2 pm, $30 Audition Fee.

Virginia National Ballet, Rafik Hegab, Artistic Director, is an Affiliate Arts Partner of the Hylton Performing Arts Center and a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory.

Full Company Contracts are for a minimum of 32 weeks. Apprentices receive performance stipends. Trainees pay a tuition fee, receive daily training, and take company class and perform with the full company in all productions.

To register, please email info@virginianationalballet.org with the subject "NYC Audition Registration", attaching a headshot, photos, and video links, along with either a cover letter or personal greeting in the email.

For more information visit https://virginianationalballet.org/auditions/



Artistic Director: Tamir Ginz

Audition for professional Male and Female Dancers for the 2019-21 seasons. Contracts from August 2019. Kamea Dance Company is a major company in the Israeli dance scene, holding around 80 performances a year in Israel and abroad. Contemporary- modern repertoire by resident choreographer Tamir Ginz andrenowned guest choreographers. Annual 12 month salary, 2 years commitment required.

European Audition in Amsterdam – The Netherlands: Sunday, March 3rd 2019, at 9:30 -16:30, At: Chasse Dance Studios Chasséstraat 64, 1057 JJ Amsterdam

Requirements: We are looking for exceptional talents with good physique and strong classical ballet and modern technique. Age: over 20 to 30 Max (No exceptions). Creative dancer, highly motivated, serious attitude, commitment to job. Professional experience in a recognized company is an advantage.This is an open audition, No videos are required. No need to prepare any variations.

For more details and registration: https://www.kameadance.com/en/blog/european-auditi...

We are looking forward to your application!

Ballet 5:8 seeks male and female applicants for our 2019-2020 Trainee Program. Ballet 5:8's Trainee Program is a dynamic two-year experience that challenges aspiring professional dancers to put the finishing touches on their training while dancing alongside the Ballet 5:8 professional company. As Trainees, dancers take advantage of an intensive schedule of classes, ballet, pointe, variations, men's class, pas de deux, pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique and other. Performances opportunities include casting opportunities within the Trainee Program, with Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts, and alongside the Ballet 5:8 Professional Company, both in Chicago and on tour.

Open by audition only to dancers ages 18-24 with a solid background in classical ballet, the Trainee Program prepares promising students for careers with Ballet 5:8, with other professional dance companies, and in a range of dance-related fields.

Audition Dates:

Brooklyn, NY // January 4, 2019 at 5:30pm

Orland Park, IL (Ballet 5:8 Studios) // January 12, 2019 at 10:30am

Atlanta, GA // March 29, 2019 at 7:00pm

You'll need to bring physical copies of the following along with your pre-registration confirmation to the Master Class:
  • A headshot photograph
  • A first arabesque photograph (en pointe for ladies, en relevé for gentlemen)
  • A current resume
Please follow the link to register in advance:

Please see our website for video audition instructions, if you are unable to attend one of the audition dates.


Oregon Ballet Theatre is seeking professional classical dancers to fill positions at all levels within the company for the exciting 2019/2020 Season. OBT's repertory includes classical full-length ballets and repertory productions featuring new and iconic works from Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte in addition to well-known artists such as Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, & Jiří Kylián. OBT is a member of AGMA and offers dancers competitive salary plus benefits and a minimum contract of (at least) 32 weeks.


San Francisco, CA, Friday, January 4, 2019

New York, NY, Monday, January 21, 2019

Auditions are by invitation only.

Please include:

  • Your CV
  • Head and body shot
  • Video link to one classical and one contemporary piece

To be considered email Tracey.Sartorio@obt.org



Magnum Opus Ballet is seeking female dancers for the 2019-2020 season. Apprentice and company positions available. Please visit our website for audition requirements. www.magnumopusballet.org

Magnum Opus is also launching a trainee program for dancers 17 years old and older. The program will further develop dancer's technique while being mentored artistically and spiritually by the Trainee Director, Melissa Mendl. The trainee schedule offers: ballet technique, pointe, contemporary, and choreography class. Dancers will also train alongside the company on a weekly basis and have the opportunity to perform in every major company production. Artistic Director, Abigail Henninger, will consider trainee dancers for apprentice positions with the company at the end of each season. Accepting applications now! www.magnumopusballet.org


Houston Ballet, under the direction of Stanton Welch, is looking for male and female dancers with strong classical and contemporary technique for the 2019-2020 season. Pre-registration for the open auditions is not required. Dancers should bring a résumé and current headshot (additional dance photos may be submitted but are not required). Ladies must bring pointe shoes. Selected dancers will be asked to stay for repertory and partner work.

Company Open Auditions for the 2019/2020 season:

Sunday, January 20, 2019 – New York, NY
The Ailey Studios, The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 West 55th Street (at 9th Avenue), 6th floor, New York, NY

9:00-9:45 AM Registration for Women
10:00-12:45 Women's Class
12:15-12:45 Registration for Men
1:00-3:00 Men's Class
3:15-5:00 PM Repertory Class for selected dancers

Sunday, February 3, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA
Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, University of Southern California, 849 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA

9:00-9:30 AM Registration
9:45-11:30 Combined Class for Women and Men
11:45-1:00 Repertory Class for selected dancers

Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Houston, TX
Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston St, Houston, TX

9:00-9:30 AM Registration
9:45-11:45 Combined Class for Women and Men
12:00-1:00 Repertory Class for selected dancers

If you have further questions regarding the open auditions, please contact us at companyauditions@houstonballet.org. No phone calls, please.

Company class auditions are by invitation only. Although we prefer that dancers attend one of our open auditions, individuals interested in being considered for a company class audition may submit the following materials:

  • Résumé /CV
  • Current headshot and full body dance shot
  • DVD or video link (Vimeo or YouTube only) including at least TWO classical variations

Please send materials by email to companyauditions@houstonballet.org or by mail to:

Houston Ballet
Attn: Company auditions
601 Preston St
Houston, TX 77002


Ballet Academy East 2019 August Intensive Auditions

Audition Dates: March 9, 2019 and May 11, 2019

The 2019 August Intensive dates are August 19 – August 30.

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.All potential students must fill out the audition application, and will receive an e-mail response within one week of submission. Please note that the faculty might still require an in-person audition.Website: http://balletacademyeast.com/august-intensive/#1496956352261-fa475d51-e0f4

For more information, please email info@baenyc.com or call 212-410-9140


Ballet Academy East 2019 Pre-Professional Summer Course Auditions

Audition Dates: March 10, 2019 and May 5, 2019

Under the guidance of Artistic Director Darla Hoover, the school's acclaimed faculty teach students using BAE's proven syllabus. Students also have the exceptional opportunity to learn from in-demand guest artists from across New York City and around the world.

The year-round curriculum includes technique, pointe, partnering, variations, stretch, men's classes, modern, and character. All classes feature live musical accompaniment. BAE has a commitment to supporting each student holistically and addressing their individual needs.

The 2019 Summer Course dates are June 24 – August 16.
Admission is by audition only. Current BAE students are not required to audition. Call 212-410-9140 or email info@baenyc.com to register.


Ajkun Ballet Theatre is looking for professional dancers for its Season 2019-2020 and professional dancers and dance students for its upcoming European Tour November 2019 - January 2020.

Auditions by Video are currently been accepted. Rehearsals will take place in New York City. Repertory performed: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, choreography by Chiara Ajkun.

Salary starts at $1,000.00/week for experienced professionals ages 18-35 years old. Dance students ages 8-17 years old are offered a performance fee commensurate with experience and EU Child Labor Laws. In addition to the salary, the cast receives round trip flights from New York City, ground tour transportation by Charter Bus, hotel accommodation (breakfast included), per diem and ballet shoes.

AjkunBT NYC Open Audition

Saturday, February 9, 2019 3:30-4:30 pm registration, 4:30 -6:30 pm audition class at the Alvin Ailey Studios, 405 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

AjkunBT ROME Open Audition

Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:00-2:30 pm registration, 2:30 -4:30 pm audition class at ATELIER DELLA DANZA DI RAFFAELE PAGANINI, Circonvallazione Appia 107, 00179 Roma ITALY

AjkunBT CHICAGO Open Audition

Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:00-5:00 pm registration, 5:00 -7:00 pm audition class at HUBBARD STREET DANCE, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., CHICAGO, IL 60607

AjkunBT MIAMI Open Audition

Sunday, February 24, 2019 3:30-4:30 pm registration, 4:30 -6:30 pm audition class at MIAMI YOUTH BALLET STUDIOS, 9210 SW 158 LN, Miami, FL 33157

AjkunBT LONDON Open Audition

Saturday, February 23, 2019 4:00-5:00 pm registration, 5:00 -7:00 pm audition class at PINEAPPLE DANCE STUDIO, 7 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA UK

AUDITION CALENDAR https://www.ajkunbt.org/auditions-in-person.html

For information: ajkun@ aol.com | (864) 420-6150 | https://www.ajkunbt.org/auditions-in-person.html


Ballet des Amériques seeks Male and Female Classical Dancers

Ballet des Amériques is looking for classically and modern trained dancers – 1 man and 1 woman to start immediately– 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 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 admin@balletdesameriques.com. Please include "Seeking classically trained dancers" in the subject line.

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

If hired, candidate 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 1 minute from Port Chester's MNR commuter train station


The Bayerisches Staatsballett is looking for dancers with excellent classical technique. Free positions available from corp de ballet to principal, both ladies and gentlemen.

Preferred height:

Ladies min. 1.65 m / 5'5''

Gentlemen min. 1.80 m / 5'11''

Please apply via www.staatsoper.de/balletaudition with CV, portrait, full length body photo and a recording of a classical variation.

Invitations will be sent out once all online applications have been reviewed.

Application deadline: January 21, 2019

Audition: January 27, 2019


Bayerisches Staatsballett

Platzl 7

D-80331 Munich

T +49.(0)89.21 85 17 01



Smuin Contemporary Ballet: Company Audition 2019/20 Season

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Academy of Ballet, 2121 Market Street, San Francisco

1:00-1:30 pm - Registration

1:30-4:30 pm - Audition: Includes ballet class (women en pointe), partnering, and repertoire.

  • Women 5'6" and under; Men 5' 8" and over
  • Candidates must be eligible for employment in the United States
  • Please send CV, photo, and video link to audition@smuinballet.org prior to audition. Include name/audition 2019 in subject line (i.e. Tina Ballerina/audition 2019).
  • We accept applications via email from November 1, 2018 – March 24, 2019.

Smuin Ballet offers 35-40 week competitive dancer contracts, presenting approximately 70 performances per season.

A staple of the San Francisco dance community for 25 years, Smuin pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly American style, combining classical ballet training, technique, and artistry with uncommon physicality and expression. Recent repertoire includes works by: Michael Smuin (founder), Amy Seiwert, Jiří Kylián, Trey McIntyre, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Helen Pickett, Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Garrett Ammon, Adam Hougland, Darrell Grand Moultrie and others.


Experienced professional photographer located in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia/Loudon County, VA area is looking to create a series of artistic images of ballet dancers. 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 work can be viewed at https://sautestudios.com. Interested dancers can contact me through the website to express interest.


2019 Grand Audition will be held February 5-6 at the Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat in Barcelona, Spain. Professionals dancers and graduate students between 17-26 are eligible to apply.

Grand Audition provides a unique opportunity for dancers to audition for several ballet companies at one time and in one place. Since its first edition in 2016, a total of 473 dancers took part in Grand Audition with over 160 job offers from companies.

2019 Grand Audition participating ballet company directors:

  • Dutch National Ballet (Junior Company)
  • Lithuanian National Ballet
  • Mariinsky Ballet Theater
  • Novosibirsk State Opera
  • Polish National Ballet
  • Zurich Ballet
  • National Ballet of Panama

Applications can be submitted online at: www.grandaudition.net

Application deadline: JANUARY 3, 2019

Due to the limited space available, we choose the right to close the application process once the number of accepted applicants reaches its limits.


Glorify Dance Company, a Christian ballet company in West Chester Pennsylvania, has a few openings left in our company for dancers ages 18+ for our 2018-2019 season and is now accepting video auditions to fill these spots. We are looking for classically trained dancers; females should be comfortable dancing sur le pointes, males should be skilled in partnering. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 9am-1pm from September through Mid-December and from February through May in West Chester, PA. Dancers are paid a small stipend each month for the 32-week season of rehearsals and performances. It is our goal to cast dancers who are interested in growing with the company; each year we hope to expand the size of our company as well as increase the stipend of the performers, ultimately offering full-time contracts.

For more information about the company, please visit our website: http://glorifyperformingarts.org/dance-theatre

To submit audition video, please email mstanert@glorifyperformingarts.org with "GDT AUDITION" in the subject line. In the body of the email, please include: Your full Name, Address, Email Address, Phone Number, and attach your performance/work resume and headshot/full body dance shot. Also be sure to include the link to your audition video.

Instructions for video requirements:
  1. Please begin with a short introduction, include your name, where you are from, and how you believe dance connects to your faith in Jesus.
  2. Share a video of your performance of your favorite piece of choreography; it should be either classical or contemporary ballet. If you do not have a video recording of a performance, rehearsal footage is fine. Please make sure we are able to know which dancer you are if it is a group piece.
  3. In the studio, film a demonstration of a grand allegro combo that you love.
  4. If there is anything else you want to share, place it at the end of the video.
  5. Post your video on an online platform (YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, etc.).


Dissonance Dance Theatre - Male & Female Dancers - Washington, DC Area

Private Audition/By Invite Only

Company dancers receive performance stipends and pointe shoe allotments. Apprenticeships are non-paid positions.

Dissonance Dance Theatre is seeking contemporary ballet male and female company dancers and apprentices for its twelfth season.

Auditions will be conducted in Washington, D.C. Season includes engagements in Washington, DC, and Maryland. The season runs from mid-July 2018 through May 2019.

We are looking for emerging dance artists, who are hungry, open, and talented. Is that you? Then we want you.

Company dancers receive performance stipends and pointe shoe allotments. Apprenticeships are non-paid positions.

Interested dancers, send headshot, resume, and video reel to Director Mr. Shawn Short at sshort@ngcfddt.org.

Company Reel - https://vimeo.com/271965805
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ngoma_ddtdc/?hl=en
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DDTNgoma/



Royal Winnipeg Ballet School seeks next generation of professional dancers

From October 10 – January 25, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) School Professional Division will hold auditions across Canada and into the U.S. in search of new talent. Auditions are the first step for students hoping to join one of the RWB School's three full-time professional programs: Ballet Academic (grade 5 and up), Aspirant (post-secondary), and Teacher Training (post-secondary).

Auditions include a Q & A session as well as a master class in some cities. Students who are unable to attend an audition may submit a video application online, which will be accepted until May 1, 2019.



Brenda's School of Baton and Dance

610 Clarence Avenue South

Saskatoon, SK S7H 2E2


Ruth Carse Centre for Dance

11205 107 Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5H 0Y2


McDonald-Wilson Dance Academy

5107 33 Street NW

Calgary, AB T2L 1V3


Harbour Dance Studios, Inc.

139 Bastion Street

Nanaimo, BC V9R 3A2


Canadian School of Ballet

2303 Leckie Road

Kelowna, BC V1X 6Y5


Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6


Art in Motion

115 Johnson Ave, 2nd floor

Thunder Bay, ON


Dance Teq Centre

226 Queen Street West, 2nd floor

Toronto, ON M5T 1Z6

ST. JOHN'S – FRI. NOV 2/18

Connie Parsons School of Dance

77 Portugal Cove Road

St. John's, NL A1B 2M4


Maritime Dance Academy

36 Duke Street

Bedford, NS B4A 2Z5



601 St. George Blvd

Moncton, NB E1E 2C2


Greta Leeming School of Dance

1460 Merivale Road

Nepean, ON K2E 5P2


Minnesota Dance Theatre & School

528 Hennepin Ave, 6th floor

Minneapolis, MN 55403


Dance Steps

275 Colbourne Street

London, ON N6B 2S7


Les Studios

1435 rue de Bleury, suite 400

Montréal, QC H3A 2H7



380 Graham Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2

For additional information, please visit rwb.org/audition, email: school@rwb.org, or call: 1-204-957-3467.


US International Ballet is seeking male and female dancers to fill three professional positions:

Most Unique Ballet Company in America

  1. Paid professionals - stipend to salary pay - professional experience required
  2. Intern positions - college graduate or company trainee graduate - one year tuition with guarantee of professional contract at completion of year
  3. Professional Trainee - high school graduate - guarantee of professional contract upon completion of two year tuition program
  • Five performance season season including Vampire, Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Mid Summer Night Dream, and a Repertoire Concert
  • Sold out audiences at multiple major theaters including 1500 seat Wilson Center www.capefearstage.com
  • Every dancer is guaranteed at least two challenging roles in every production
  • Every dancer is guaranteed to tour at least once to a major 1500 seat theater is a multi-city tour
  • Daily ballet, pointe, and alternating class (including body conditioning, jazz, contemporary, partnering)
  • World renowned faculty and choreographers
  • Body diversity and health initiative - dancers are valued for passion, talent, and commitment
  • Dancers may opt to end their day at 2:30 in order to work or go to college
  • Multiple local college options
  • Great local economy with abundant second job options and low cost of living
  • Additional afternoon classes available without additional cost - up to 8 hours per day - 6 days per week
  • Video auditions accepted - in person auditions may be scheduled
  • Mentoring available in add on skills: Costuming, marketing, teaching, ect



Virginia National Ballet has openings for a male dancer with strong classical and contemporary technique for the 2018-19 season. The company presents three mainstage productions and one tour annually in addition to other performances such as festivals and outreach activities. Contracts are 36 weeks. Please send your information to info@gainesvilleballetcompany.org if interested in auditioning.


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.
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Joffrey Ballet's Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili in "Orphée et Eurydice" with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Photo courtesy "Great Performances."

You might say, "You just had to be there," about the Joffrey Ballet's 2017 world premiere of John Neumeier's reimagined Orphée et Eurydice with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. But on January 18, audiences from around the country will have a chance to witness this extraordinary collaboration up close, from the comfort of their living rooms, as PBS stations broadcast Orphée et Eurydice on "Great Performances".

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Register to audition for the chance to experience the ultimate setting for professional dance training. Experience professionalism, be the priority, and see the progression in just 6 weeks! Ballet Arizona's Summer Intensive begins June 10 and classes are held through July 19, 2019. The program culminates with a final full-length performance in the Dorrance Theatre. The School of Ballet Arizona is known for its outstanding, internationally-renowned faculty, a state-of-the-art facility which includes a 299-seat black box performance theatre, and small classes with personal attention, all accompanied with a challenging and complex curriculum.

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Since retiring from The Royal Ballet in 2015, Acosta has focused much of his attention on his native Cuba, where he's proven his directorial abilities at the helm of Acosta Danza, the contemporary company that he founded in 2016. In 2017 Acosta also opened his first Dance Academy through his foundation, which provides free training to students. We don't yet know how Acosta will balance his time between his projects in Cuba and his new role at BRB.

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Growing up, I was always the one who didn't have the right body or the right feet or even just the right look. I never had that encouragement in the studio that things were going to work out for me, but I was always determined.

I didn't train at a big ballet academy, but I do think I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time, with parents who always supported me. I started in dance with creative movement classes in my hometown of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. I had some really wonderful Russian and Ukrainian ballet teachers from a young age, but it was frustrating because I didn't have the things they were looking for. You grow up seeing those pictures and videos of classical ballerinas and you know what it's supposed to look like. To not have the right body or feet when you're younger is devastating.

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Aurelie Dupont explained she did not share Polunin's values. Photo via Instagram

Sergei Polunin, whose recent homophobic and sexist Instagram posts have sparked international outrage, will not be appearing with the Paris Opéra Ballet as previously announced.

POB artistic director Aurélie Dupont sent an internal email to company staff and dancers on Sunday, explaining that she did not share Polunin's values and that the Russian-based dancer would not be guesting with the company during the upcoming run of Rudolf Nureyev's Swan Lake in February.

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Francois Perron teaching class at the French Academie of Ballet. Rachel Neville, Courtesy French Academie of Ballet.

When Katie Spagnoletti was 16, she auditioned for several well-known, company-affiliated summer programs. Although she received some acceptances, the price tags and level of competition felt daunting. She decided to try the relatively smaller Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive instead, and when she walked into orientation her first day, she sensed she'd made the right choice. "Co-director Melinda Roy greeted me—and every other student—by name. It made me feel like the faculty was truly invested in me as a person and a dancer," says Spagnoletti, now a dancer at City Ballet of San Diego. "I had friends who'd gone to some of the big-name schools, so I'd heard about those experiences—and I knew mine was going to be unique."

When planning your summer, it's exciting to think about an intensive at a prestigious pre-professional school—maybe the one attached to your dream company or that all your friends are talking about. But is bigger always better? With a wealth of options for summer study, it's worth looking at the benefits of smaller schools. For many dancers, training in a close-knit atmosphere can outweigh the cachet of a big name.

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Every once in a while, the stars align, things fall precisely into place, and the perfect marketing campaign is born. Such is the case with New York City Ballet's new trailer for their upcoming run of The Sleeping Beauty.

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Photo captured via YouTube.

The ballet Don Quixote offers its principal ballerina the unique chance to play two different characters in one role: there's Kitri herself, a vivacious village girl, and then Dulcinea, Don Quixote's idealized love, who takes on the form of Kitri in his dream. The Paris Opéra Ballet's Aurélie Dupont, a former étoile and now the company's artistic director, creates distinct personas for each incarnation of her character. In this clip from a 2002 performance, Dupont dances Dulcinea's variation with serene precision, embodying the mystical beauty of Don Quixote's imagination.

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Let the ballet live streams continue! Last week we let you know that Youth American Grand Prix is streaming its regional semi-finals each weekend. Tonight, National YoungArts is sharing its finalists' dance performance.

The National YoungArts Foundation seeks out high school aged artists from around the country and gives them monetary awards, mentorship opportunities and the chance to participate in regional workshops. Artists span across 10 disciplines ranging from music to writing to visual art to dance. The finalists from each region are invited to the annual National YoungArts Week, an all-expenses-paid experience including master classes, workshops and performances with top artists (this year the dance faculty includes former New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan). Nominations for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts will also be made from this group.

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Then, suddenly, she disappeared.

Well—not exactly. As she revealed last summer, Fogarty decided to switch gears, trading the ballet world for the world of academia. She's currently majoring in integrative biology at UC Berkeley. And now she's been tapped to give a TEDx talk about why, and how, she made the transition.

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Christopher Duggan for Pointe

While dancing excerpts of August Bournonville's Napoli this summer at the Massachusetts-based Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the artists of the Royal Danish Ballet were in perfect sync. The dancers exuded pure cheer, from their buoyant, clear footwork to the precise angle of their épaulement. This seemed fitting for a national company where most members train in the Danish style from age 7 and feed in from the school. Yet three of the principals onstage—Amy Watson, J'aime Crandall and Holly Jean Dorger—are in fact American.

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Just before retiring in 2015, Sylvie Guillem appeared on "HARDtalk with Zeinab Badawi," the BBC's hard-hitting interview program. Badawi told Guillem,

"Clement Crisp of the Financial Times, 14 years ago, described your dancing as vulgar."

Guillem responded,

"Yeah, well, he said that. But at the same time, when they asked Margot Fonteyn what she thought about lifting the leg like this she said, 'Well, if I could have done it, I would have done it.' "

They were discussing Guillem's signature stroke—her 180-degree leg extension à la seconde. Ballet legs had often flashed about in the higher zones between 135 and 160 degrees before. But it wasn't until the virtuoso French ballerina regularly
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Raise your hand if you're excited for competition season! Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-Finals are well underway, leading up to the much-awaited New York Finals April 12-19. Even better, they're live-streamed, meaning you now have the perfect excuse to spend your weekend at home, watching ballet (while sewing your pointe shoes and stretching, of course).

This weekend features semi-finals in Seattle, Washington and Tampa, Florida. To see the full schedules and set up streaming, click here. Streaming starts at $13.99. Packages of 2, 4, 6 or 12 total viewing hours are available, and viewers can log in and out as often as they like.

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Chase Johnsey (second from right) in English National Ballet's production of The Sleeping Beauty. Elliot Franks, Courtesy In The Lights PR.

George Balanchine famously said "Ballet is woman." He should have added that ballet is man, too, because it has long been defined by the traditional male-female binary. A formal challenge to the paradigm was launched in June, when Chase Johnsey was offered the opportunity to dance female corps roles in English National Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty in London.

"I am a classical ballerina," says Johnsey, a freelance dancer who identifies as gender fluid and uses he/him/his pronouns. His ENB performance (in the mazurka and as a marchioness in the hunt scene; he also understudied a nymph) made headlines around the world and turned him into an activist for the cause—not to change classical ballet, but to open its doors to artists across the full spectrum of human gender. By hiring Johnsey, ENB artistic director Tamara Rojo put ballet's gender-exclusiveness on notice. "Our work and our company should reflect the world we live in," she stated via email. "Ballet should have no barriers; it's for everyone, everywhere."

Johnsey isn't alone. Jayna Ledford and Scout Alexander, two young transgender dancers, are training hard to break into the professional ballet world. We spoke with them about the dreams, achievements and challenges of nonbinary artists in the intensely gendered world of ballet.

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All photos by Jayme Thornton for Pointe

From marriage to career transitions to injuries, our 2018 cover stars have had a busy year.

Find out what they've been up to since they graced the cover of Pointe and what they're aiming for in 2019.

American Ballet Theatre's Betsy McBride

Photo by Jayme Thornton for Pointe

New Year's Resolutions: School and Self-Care

My New Year's resolutions are to complete my Associate of Science degree, sleep more, and slow down from time to time to appreciate the little things in life.

Life Updates: Star Studded Performances

Since appearing on Pointe's cover, I performed in the New York Ballet Stars Gala in Cape Town, South Africa in honor of Mignon Furman. I also performed in a very exciting Balanchine Tribute Festival at City Center with American Ballet Theatre alongside Joffrey Ballet, The Mariinsky Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

McBride also recently got engaged to longtime boyfriend and former ABT dancer Simon Wexler.

You can read our February/March 2018 cover story on Betsy McBride here.

Melanie Hamrick for Flexistretcher, via @flexistretcher

ABT corps dancer Melanie Hamrick will be taking a leave of absence from the company's spring season, but for the best reason possible: She's working on her own ballet. Her piece is set to premiere in March, and will feature music curated by Hamrick's longtime boyfriend, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (cue the moves like Jagger puns).

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Sono Osato, a trailblazing ballet and musical theater dancer, passed away last Wednesday at her home in New York City.

Best known for originating the role of Miss Turnstiles in Jerome Robbins' hit On the Town—one of Broadway's first non-segregated musicals—Osato got her start at 14 as the youngest member of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, and as the troupe's first Japanese-American performer. She went on to dance for Ballet Theatre (now American Ballet Theatre), where she found success in New York City but was banned from touring in Mexico and California because of her Japanese background. For a brief time, Osato went by her mother's maiden name, Fitzpatrick, in an effort to escape the World War II-era anti-Japanese sentiment. During the war, her father was confined under military guard in Chicago as an enemy alien.

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International performer Joy Womack balances flexibility and strength to maintain her turnout. Photo by Quinn Wharton for Pointe.

Turnout is one of the defining characteristics of classical ballet and the foundation of your technique, but the deceptively simple concept of external rotation can be hard to execute. For those born with hip joints that don't naturally make a tight fifth position, it's tempting to take shortcuts in the quest for more rotation, but you'll end up with weaker technique and a higher risk of injury. We asked top teachers and physical therapists to break down the meaning of turnout and offer safe ways to maximize your range.

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Boylston and Whiteside brought charm and technical brilliance to Harlequinade. Photo by Alan Alejandro Sánchez, Courtesy ABT.

Alexei Ratmansky's reconstruction of Marius Petipa's Harlequinade, which debuted this spring at American Ballet Theatre, felt as fizzy and decadent as a glass of champagne. Though resplendently designed and lovingly assembled, the ballet relied on the personal charms of its Harlequin and Columbine to buoy its all-too-poppable bubble of a plot. And nobody brought more charm, or technical brilliance, to the leading roles than the opening-night cast, James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston. The charismatic duo perfectly understood the lightweight fun of the ballet, relishing the beauties of its coloratura choreography while keeping the extended mime passages just to the right side of camp. Their offstage best-friendship—they're known to their Instagram fans (including Jennifer Garner) as "the Cindies"—lent a special warmth to their onstage partnership, especially in the ballet's surprisingly tender climactic pas de deux. Audiences floated out of the theater afterward, pleasantly intoxicated.

Harlequinade www.youtube.com

Viral Videos
Vienna State Ballet first soloists Olga Esina and Roman Lazik, via YouTube.

Vienna really knows how to ring in the New Year with its annual concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, filled with the waltzes of the Strauss family and other composers. The best part? Broadcasts of the event (shown in the U.S. on PBS) also include interludes of ballet. On January 1, catch dancing from the Vienna State Ballet on PBS' Great Performances' "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2019" (check local TV listings). (Editors Note: You can now watch the full 2019 concert here!) In the meantime, here is a collection of gorgeous videos from New Years' past.

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