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London's Central School of Ballet returns to the US in a search for new young dance talent

Leading professional dance training organisation Central School of Ballet in London will return to the US this March to recruit young dance talent from the United States to train in their three year degree programme. Central hosted a special recruitment and dance day in New York last February (2018) offering young dancers the chance to take part in a workshop with Central's Christopher Marney, former principal dancer with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and now Ballet Central Artistic Director, and to audition. Last year's audition session was highly successful and three young US dancers were offered and accepted places for the current academic year joining Central in the first and second year of the degree programme.

Central has a history of attracting international dance talent from around the world including Japan, Australia, Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, and Singapore alongside those from the UK.

Auditions for places commencing this autumn, for the 2019/20 academic year, will again take place in New York, attended by Artistic Director Christopher Marney and Leanne King who is leading the campaign for new students in the US. There will again be an opportunity to take part in a special workshop with Christopher Marney. The date and venue:

Sunday 3rd March, The Ailey Studios, The Joan Weill Center for Dance

405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

Applications can be made via www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/usa


Virginia National Ballet is holding auditions for the 2019-20 Season at the Alvin Ailey Studios in NYC on Sunday, March 10 at 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/


Glorify Dance Theatre is seeking dancers for our 2019-2020 season and is accepting video auditions now through March 31st. We are a Christian contemporary ballet company in West Chester, PA and are looking for dancers who are passionate about our company's vision, have a classical ballet background and are also experienced in contemporary/jazz. We rehearse 1 or 2 mornings a week from September-May and perform throughout Southeastern PA. Dancers will receive a monthly stipend for rehearsals/performances.

Interested dancers can audition by submitting a video; details for video specifications are listed on our website. To fill out our audition form and submit an audition video, see our website: http://www.glorifyperformingarts.org/auditions and if you have any questions, please reach out to Artistic Director, Melody Stanert: mstanert@glorifyperformingarts.org.


Johannes Wieland is in search of contemporary dancers to fulfill the upcoming 2019/2020 season at the Staatstheater Kassel.

Johannes Wieland is searching for Contemporary Dancers with a strong technical background, creative acting and improvisational skills as well as professional experience for guest contracts. Applicants should be at least 25 years of age. Please apply to audition@staatstheater-kassel.de before April 27th 2019 with the following information:

  • Short Motivation Letter (1 page)
  • CV
  • Headshot
  • Vimeo Link (Improvisational, performative and/or class material- only VIMEO links will be accepted)

AUDITION BERLIN: Dock 11 Eden Studios, Breite Str. 43 13187 Berlin

*Dancers should be ideally available for the entirety of the audition.

May 11th: GROUP I from 10:00 – 15:30, GROUP II from 16:30 - 22:00

May 12th: GROUP III from 10:00– 15:30, GROUP IV from 16:30- 22:00

May 13th: 1st Round CALLBACKs from all GROUPS 10:00-15:30 & 17:00-20:00

May 14th: 2nd Round CALLBACKs from all GROUPS 10:00-17:00

FINAL CALLBACKS KASSEL: Staatstheater Kassel, Friedrichsplatz 15, 34117 Kassel DE

May 18th & May 19th (Times will be determined later and a schedule sent out following our final callback day in Berlin)

*All dancers who are invited to the audition in BERLIN should arrive one hour before start time in order to register for
the audition.

Remember this audition is invitation only- we do not accept drop-ins.

PROMO VIDEOs: https://vimeo.com/271250270 https://vimeo.com/217858742


US International Ballet, America's most unique ballet company, is seeking dancers for the 2019-2020 season. USIB performs to sold out audiences at five major theaters in multiple cities. All dancers are guaranteed to perform significant amounts of challenging choreography in every production. All trainees/interns are guaranteed a professional contract at completion of trainee/intern period. USIB is a year round company with 44 week contracts. Diversity and healthy body image are valued. USIB is bringing ballet into the twenty-first century with cutting edge choreography that combines original film, visual effects, and various dance styles. Be a part of the future of ballet and join us at US International Ballet!

  • Professional positions available for male and female dancers
  • Trainee positions available with guaranteed professional year at completion of trainee period
  • Intern positions(college graduate or dancer who has completed a trainee program) available with guaranteed professional contract at end of one year intern period

Audition information- online registration prior to audition required:

NYC - Feb 25 w/ Megan LeCrone (NYC Ballet soloist)

LA - April 20th w/ Nader Hamed & USIB Artistic Directors

DC - April 7th - w/Megan LeCrone (NYC Ballet soloist)

UNCSA - Winston Salem, NC - March 17

Greenville, SC - March 10

Atlanta, GA - March 30

Salt Lake City, UT - March 9th

Coming soon: Nebraska, Michigan, Florida

See website for more details: www.usinternationalballet.com

Video Auditions accepted. Registration and further information available at www.usinternationalballet.com. Open auditions held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in company class in Wilmington NC. Must schedule an audition Register at www.usinternationalballet.com for auditions


USIB Summer Intensive and Sansha Model Search

US International Ballet (sponsored by Sansha) is holding a summer program that offers dancers the opportunity to experience professional company life and model for a major dance brand. Company Artistic Directors, Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini, will set original company choreography on summer participants to be performed at end of program. Elite Sansha experts will teach dance modeling. Dancers will go to the Sansha USA warehouse headquarters for master pointe shoe fitting and receive one pair of pointe shoes. Professional photo shoots will be held in a variety of settings. Daily class, rehearsal, and photo work will be an experience of a lifetime. Held in beautiful Wilmington, NC, voted best waterfront city by USA Today. All dancers will be featured in Sansha marketing. Dancers who attend USIB summer intensive will be given preference for future trainee contracts.

NYC - Feb 25 w/ Megan LeCrone (NYC Ballet soloist)

LA - April 20th w/ Nader Hamed & USIB Artistic Directors

DC - April 7th - w/Megan LeCrone (NYC Ballet Soloist)

UNCSA - Winston Salem, NC - March 17

Greenville, SC - March 10

Atlanta, GA - March 30

Salt Lake City, UT - March 9th

Coming soon: Nebraska, Michigan, Florida

See website for more details: www.usinternationalballet.com

Video Auditions accepted. Registration and further information available at www.usinternationalballet.com. Open auditions held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in company class in Wilmington NC. Must schedule an audition Register at www.usinternationalballet.com for auditions


Want to dance innovative choreography in the fastest growing arts region in the country? NWA Ballet Theatre is looking to add both male and female dancers for the 2019-2020 season. Dancers must have advanced training in both classical and contemporary and be a U.S. citizen or hold a valid Green Card.

OPEN AUDITION - Saturday, March 23, from 12:00 – 2:30, Registration begins at 11:30. Audition will be held at The NWA Conservatory located at 3111 S.E. J Street in Bentonville, Arkansas. Pre-register by emailing the following information to info@nwaballettheatre.org: Your resume/CV, headshot, and a first arabesque photo. There will be a $25 registration fee. Those who are unable to attend and wish to be considered for a company class audition are encouraged to email resume/CV along with a headshot and video link, which should include classroom barre/center work and performance work in both classical and contemporary. (company class is by invite only).


Ballet 5:8 is seeking dancers for the 2019/2020 Season. Men and women with strong classical technique, alignment with Ballet 5:8's mission and the desire to be a part of a company that creates innovative, original repertoire are encouraged to apply.

Company Artists work for 30-32 weeks each season. Dancers receive a weekly rehearsal and performance stipend, tights, and pointe shoe stipend. Dancers also have access to PT benefits, daily technique class, weekly Pilates and Yoga at Ballet 5:8's 12,000 square foot facility in Orland Park, IL. Ballet 5:8 performs 30-40 times a season, with both regional and national tours.
Auditions are held during company class. A video submission must be submitted with an application prior to the Artistic Staff sending an invitation to attend company class.

Please review the application procedures here: https://www.ballet58.org/jobs

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



Male applicants: Preferably 5'9" or taller

Female applicants: Preferably 5'2"-5'7"

COMPANY ARTISTS: competitive 30-35 wk contract commensurate with experience // all live music // touring // benefits

APPRENTICES: 30-35 wk contract commensurate with experience // all live music // touring // additional training + coaching benefits

National Audition Tour 2019

Sat. Mar. 9, 2019
Location & Times TBA

Sun. Mar. 10, 2019
Northwest Dance Project, Portland, OR
Registration: 1:30-2 pm
Audition Class: 2-3:30 pm
Audition Choreography: 3:30-4 pm

Sat. Mar. 16, 2019
Ballet Fantastique City Center for Dance, Eugene, OR
Registration: 12:30-1 pm
Audition Class: 1-2:30 pm

Finalist candidates may be invited to stay for company rehearsal from Donna Marisa Bontrager (3-6 pm)

Audition Fee: $25 at time of audition $20 with pre-registration (closes 24 hours prior to start of audition)

Visit balletfantastique.org/auditions for more information


The Ballet Chicago Summer Intensive will take place from June 24 - July 26, 2019. The Repertory Workshop, focusing on the ballets of George Balanchine, will take place from July 29-August 9, 2019.

For more information regarding our summer programs, follow this link: https://www.balletchicago.org/programs-1

To register for the National Audition Tour, follow this link: https://www.bcadmin.org/portal/auditions-tour/step1.php

Springboro, OH | Sunday, January 20

Pontecorvo Ballet Studios | 20 Commercial Way, Springboro, OH 45066

Seattle, WA | Sunday, January 20

Pacific Northwest Ballet | 201 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

Raleigh, NC | Sunday, January 20

School of Carolina Ballet | 3401 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604

Charlotte, NC | Monday, January 21

Charlotte Ballet | 701 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Los Angeles, CA | Monday, January 21

Los Angeles Ballet Center | 11755 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Bloomington, IN | Tuesday, January 22

The Jordan Avenue Musical Arts Center Rm 306 | 101 Jordan Ave, Bloomington, IN 47406

Chicago, IL | Sunday, January 27

Ballet Chicago | 17 N State St, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60602

San Diego, CA | Sunday, January 27

California Balet | 4819 Ronson Ct, San Diego, CA 92111

Grand Rapids, MI | Friday and Saturday, February 1 & 2

West Michigan Youth Ballet | 6086 Fulton St. E, Ada, MI 49301

Herndon, VA | Saturday, February 2

Skye Ballet Center | 251 Sunset Park Dr, Herndon, VA 20170

St. Louis, MO | Sunday, February 3

St. Louis Ballet | 218 THF Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63005

Dallas, TX | Sunday, February 10

Dallas Ballet Center | 8530 Abrams Rd, Suite 608, Dallas, TX 75243

Richmond, VA | Sunday, February 10

Richmond Ballet | 407 E Canal St, Richmond, VA 23219

New York, NY | Sunday, February 10

School of American Ballet | 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Silver Spring, MD | Sunday, February 17

Maryland Youth Ballet | 926 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Kansas City, MO | Sunday, February 17

Kansas City Ballet | 500 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Atlanta, GA | Sunday, February 24

Atlanta Ballet | 1695 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318


My Ship. My Dream. My Job. We are looking for professional dancers for our high quality shows and theater productions aboard the Mein Schiff fleet. While traveling the world you will perform our vast repertoire in an outstanding theater for over 1.000 guests.


Lisbon, Jazzy Dance Studios, Feb. 10th 9:30 a.m.

Av. Brasília 254, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal



  • Excellent professional dance level in Ballet, Contemporary, partner work, Jazz and Latin
  • Ability to learn choreography quickly and precisely
  • Experience in performing onstage
  • Teamwork, Motivation, English skills

We offer:

  • 6-8 weeks paid rehearsals in Berlin, Germany with choreographers of classical, contemporary, jazz and latin styles.
  • 6 month contracts on board
  • Follow up contracts after successful partnerships.

Contracts start summer 2019 or later

PROMO of our Shows: https://vimeo.com/114220894

Information to Employer and Entertainment Program aboard Mein Schiff: http://meinschiff.seachefs.com/en/arts-and-entertainment

more info: http://meinschiff.seachefs.com/en/your-castings


Atlantic City Ballet 2019/2020 North American Auditions

Sunday- January 27, 2019

San Francisco Ballet

455 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA

Registration-11:30 am Class 12:00-2:00


Saturday– February 16, 2019

School of American Ballet

70 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC, NY

Registration-5:30 pm Class 6:00-8:00


Please bring : dance photo, CV and $30 audition fee. Auditions will be conducted in the form of a class. No advance preparation is required.

Please be prepared to go en pointe.

For more information contact us at: info@acballet.org www.acballet.org


Audition for CityDance Summer Intensives in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Koresh Dance
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019

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.


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

Saturday January 19, 2019 and Saturday March 9, 2019

Participation in our summer program is by audition only.

9am Ages 4-8

10am Ages 9-11

10am Ages 11-13

11am Ages 14+

at our studios at 16 King Street in Port Chester.

For pre-registration and information call

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

Summer intensives have a long tradition in the world of dance - bridging the gap between the spring and fall semesters - but also fulfilling a complementary role with respect to the regular school curriculum: Largely free from academic obligations, students are able

to concentrate on dance and make leaps of progress in training, iron out weaknesses, and consolidate what was achieved during the academic year. Quite importantly, the warmth of the summer months makes for greatly increased flexibility, which, when intensely exercised, can propel students to a higher level.

The 2019 Summer Intensive programs

2 weeks program: July 1 through July 12, 2019

3 weeks program: July 29 through August 16, 2019

5 weeks program: July 1 through August 16, 2019

Mondays through Fridays from 9 am until 3:30pm

Mondays through Fridays from 9 am until 1:30pm for the younger students

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, folkloric dance, stage makeup. Each week there will be Master Classes taught by renowned guest teachers (TBA), and the program will culminate in a performance at the end of August.

For applicants from foreign countries or from remote states, there is a video audition option. Please contact the school at admin@balletdesameriques.com or 646-753-0457 for detailed instructions.


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 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.


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.



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.


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


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.


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

March 10, April 7, July 6 (Summer DanceLab/Apprentice Audition)

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/


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.

The Conversation
Orlando Ballet dancers Kate-Lynn Robichaux and Arcadian Broad. Photo by Michael Cairns, courtesy Orlando Ballet.

It's been nearly a year and a half since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, but that doesn't mean the effects of the storm aren't still being widely felt. Thousands of Puerto Ricans relocated to Florida after the storm hit (the exact number is unknown), and many are still settled in Orlando.

This weekend, Orlando Ballet brings its Bailamos! program to audiences in Central Florida, and the company is offering 1,000 free tickets to Puerto Ricans in the area who were displaced by the hurricane. The ticket donation was organized in partnership with Orlando's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, who helped spread the word about how individuals and families could claim their tickets to the February 16 matinee. Some of the marketing for the performance was entirely in Spanish, and the program will also include an insert for Spanish-speaking audiences. "We're not just a professional ballet company; we are Orlando Ballet and we have a role to play in this community," says executive director Shane Jewell. "We have a social responsibility, I believe, as an arts organization, to do whatever we can to enrich the quality of life for everyone who's here."

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It's never too early to start thinking about your dream job. And summer intensives are an essential step down the road to achieving your dance dreams—whether you want to perform in music videos, ballet companies or Broadway shows.

With 19 programs across the U.S. (plus additional international programs) Joffrey Ballet School offers options for all types of dancers with all types of goals. Whatever you may be working toward this summer, there's a program that will help you get that much closer. We put together a guide to help you find the right one, based on your dream job:

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Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Photo by Steven Trumon Gray, courtesy Complexions.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and we can hardly contain our excitement. Their longstanding commitment to diversity and daring, edgy repertoire has made them an exemplar of American contemporary ballet today. The company's season opener will be held at the Joyce Theater from February 19–March 3. Works include the world premiere of Complexions co-founder and choreographer Dwight Rhoden's WOKE; a compilation spanning 25 years of the company's repertory titled From Then to Now; the return of the David Bowie tribute Star Dust; and the New York City premiere of Bach 25. A gala evening will be held February 21, in which Complexions co-founder and co-artistic director Desmond Richardson will perform for the last time as a full-time company member.

Pointe caught up with Rhoden and Richardson in separate interviews to hear them reflect on what the past 25 years has meant to them, what audiences can expect from their anniversary season, and why Richardson is choosing to step away from his role as full-time company member.

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Evelyn Hart in "Swan Lake," via YouTube.

The individual touches that ballerinas incorporate into well-known classical variations are a source of endless fascination for us bunheads. (The abundant "variation compilation" videos on YouTube is proof of our obsession!) Odette's solo in Swan Lake's Act II is one that is particularly open to interpretation. The style is lyrical and introspective, giving dancers ample opportunity to make personal choices about choreography, musicality and character. The Canadian ballerina Evelyn Hart, a former principal with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, performs a fairly traditional version in this clip, yet with each nuance she defines her own Odette.

Evelyn Hart as Odette (1988) www.youtube.com

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Are you a total bunhead who loves to write? You might be the perfect fit for Pointe. We're seeking an editorial intern who's equally passionate about ballet and journalism.

Through March 1, we are accepting applications for a summer intern to assist our staff onsite in New York City from June to August. The internship includes an hourly stipend and requires a minimum two-day-a-week commitment. (We do not provide assistance securing housing.)

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First State Ballet Theatre's Rie Aoki in the studio at Steps on Broadway, NYC. Quinn Wharton.

First State Ballet Theatre company dancer Rie Aoki was documenting her fashion choices long before Instagram was around. "When I was 8, I used to dress up my little sister and take pictures of her outfits because I loved styling," she says. Aoki grew up in Japan, and started her own fashion blog in high school before coming to the U.S. to pursue a ballet career. After joining FSBT in 2013, Aoki's pictures of her outfits on Instagram (@rievictoriaaoki) took off. Now with a following of over 10 thousand, Aoki has also started a new style blog.

"I love warmer colors like reds, yellows, oranges and browns," Aoki says. "And I'm all about mixing patterns and textures—if you stick to the same tones, you can wear totally different patterns and it looks fashionable," she explains. "But I don't think there are really rules for fashion. It's 2019. You can wear what you like and try something funky or a little crazy."

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Marcus Miller in conversation with Merritt Moore and Claudia Schreier. Courtesy National Museum of Mathematics.

Last Saturday night, I had a balletic epiphany. I wasn't in a mirrored studio taking class or even in a theater watching a performance. This luminous ray of understanding beamed into—wait for it—the basement of a math museum.

The National Museum of Mathematics (yes, that exists) hosted its fourth Quadrivium, a salon focusing on the intersections of music and math last Saturday in New York City. The evening's special guests were none other than ballerina Merritt Moore and choreographer Claudia Schreier.

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Master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based The Pointe Shop is back, this time answering all of your pointe shoe questions. Here she answers: "What could I do if my box is dead after a few weeks, but the shank is still hard?" Lee explains the anatomy of a pointe shoe, and offers tips on how to extend the life of your shoes, whether you break the box or the shank first.

State Ballet of Siberia dancer Yuri Kudriavstev. Courtesy Siberian Swan.

As ballet's gender roles grow increasingly blurred, more men than ever are reaching new heights: the tips of their toes.

It's no longer just Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and the few pointe-clad male character parts, like in Cinderella or Alexei Ratmansky's The Bright Stream. Some male dancers are starting to experiment with pointe shoes to strengthen their feet or expand their artistry. Michelle Dorrance even challenged the men in her cast at American Ballet Theatre to perform on pointe last season (although only Tyler Maloney ended up actually doing it onstage).

The one problem? Pointe shoes have traditionally only been designed for women. Until now.

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Audition Advice
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Let's face it: Auditioning is expensive. Between a $100-per-night budget-hotel room, a $300 round-trip plane ticket, $40 for food per day and $25 to $40 in audition fees, you may be out hundreds of dollars for one audition—and potentially thousands before you land a contract.

When planning an audition tour, you have to weigh the travel costs with the probability that your investment will result in a job offer. Plus, doing it all on a tight budget may mean trying to perform your best on travel-stiff limbs, fast-food options and little sleep. To help, we asked three professionals for their best advice on planning successful audition tours that don't break the bank.

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Mackenzie Brown, the only American prizewinner, at the Awards Ceremony. Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne.

After a full week of class, coaching and competition, the 2019 Prix de Lausanne has announced its eight prizewinners. The dancers were selected from an initial group of 74, narrowed down to 21 selected to perform in last Saturday's Finals. The eight winners will receive company apprenticeships or scholarships to one of the Prix de Lausanne's partner schools. In addition, the Prix awarded five other prizes, and all of the remaining finalists received the Finalist Award, which includes 1,000 Swiss Francs.

This year, the Prix offered an unprecedented number of live streaming hours. If you tuned in this week, you weren't alone; more than 562,530 ballet fans watched the daily sessions, and the selections have been viewed more than 1,199,322 times. If you missed out, you can catch up here.

Get to know the winners below!

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Mackenzie Brown, one of the four Prix de Lausanne finalists from the U.S. Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne.

Earlier today, 74 young dancers from 19 countries had their chance to take the stage at the Beaulieu Theater in Lausanne, Switzerland to compete in the 2019 Prix de Lausanne. A panel of nine esteemed judges including Gillian Murphy and Carlos Acosta chose 21 dancers to advance to Saturday's Finals.

Check out the complete list of finalists below.

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From left: Allegra Kent, Kay Mazzo, Gloria Govrin, Merrill Ashley and Wendy Whelan. Eduard Patino, Courtesy NDI.

On Monday evening, four 20th century New York City Ballet stars joined Wendy Whelan in conversation for an event titled Balanchine's Ballerinas hosted by National Dance Institute, the dance education organization that former NYCB dancer Jacques d'Amboise founded in 1976. D'Amboise introduced the four ballerinas taking the stage as dancers who "graced Balanchine and were graced by him." Hearing the ensuing conversation between Wendy Whelan and Allegra Kent, Kay Mazzo, Gloria Govrin and Merrill Ashley proved just that; the sense of inspiration that George Balanchine gleaned from his muses, and the deep appreciation he had for each individual's unique traits.

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Rowser and Owen Thorne rehearse "Attitude: Lucy Negro Redux." Photo by Heather Thorne, courtesy Nashville Ballet.

Nashville Ballet's Kayla Rowser has performed a long list of leading roles: Aurora, Odette/Odile, Sugar Plum Fairy, the Firebird. But this weekend, Rowser takes on a new one created especially for her: the famous Dark Lady of William Shakespeare's sonnets, in artistic director Paul Vasterling's world premiere Attitude: Lucy Negro Redux. The ballet (running February 8-10) is based on the book Lucy Negro, Redux by poet Caroline Randall Williams. It explores the theory that Shakespeare's Dark Lady was a black woman, an actual London prostitute known as Black Luce or Lucy Negro.

For Rowser, who is African American, the ballet offers a rare opportunity to portray a character based on a woman of color. "Being able to explore a character who demands so much of who I am naturally, as well as through the gifts I have to share through ballet, is new to me," says Rowser. "It's different than being an African American woman dancing Odette or Aurora. Now what people are seeing is actually what is written. There's a lot of weight in that."

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Skylar Brandt and Julian Mackay dance Flames of Paris. Vladim Shults, Courtesy Russia-K.

When American Ballet Theatre soloist Skylar Brandt's phone lit up with a message from Julian MacKay last summer, she never could have imagined the journey it would set her on. Brandt barely knew the Mikhailovsky Ballet first soloist—they'd met briefly in St. Petersburg a few months earlier—but he wrote that he had a project he thought she'd be perfect for. Brandt was flattered, but assumed she'd be unavailable. She'd just come off an eight-week season with ABT and was in Los Angeles finishing up a tour. But MacKay was insistent. The next morning, Brandt was brushing her teeth when his sister, Maria Sascha Khan, called. "She explained that Julian was in Paris rehearsing for a Russian TV show called 'Big Ballet' and his partner had gotten injured. She asked if I could come to Paris immediately, as the show started filming in Moscow in one week."

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The Royal Ballet's Marianela Nuñez in "Swan Lake." Image via YouTube.

Need an excuse for a YouTube ballet break? Probably not, but just in case, here are videos to celebrate some of this month's off-the-beaten-path holidays.

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Grand Rapids Ballet in rehearsal. Jade Butler, Courtesy GRB.

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Heather Milne, Courtesy RWB

When Catherine Wreford found out that she had brain cancer in June 2013, with doctors predicting she had only two to six years left to live, there was one thing she knew she wanted to do: dance.

She had grown up training in the recreational division at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, then went on to perform on Broadway and in musical theater productions around the country. She eventually left the stage to find more stable work, running a mortgage company and later getting a nursing degree because, she says, "I knew that I could do that for a long time."

But a diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma meant she didn't have a long time left.

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This is Pointe's February/March 2019 Cover Story. You can subscribe to the magazine here, or click here to purchase this issue.

When Natasha Sheehan debuted in The Sleeping Beauty's Bluebird pas de deux last season, she enchanted the San Francisco Ballet audience with her filigree footwork, elegant lines and effortless charisma. It was a big moment for the then-19-year-old, who was just beginning her second year in the corps, but it wasn't her first—Sheehan has been in the spotlight since she was a 16-year-old trainee in the company school.

That's when SFB artistic director Helgi Tomasson gave her the lead in his Bartók Divertimento for the 2016 season gala, an evening featuring the company's biggest stars. Before that she was a cygnet in Swan Lake. "It felt like a dream," Sheehan says of getting featured roles so early. But it was also high-stakes. "During the 'Little Swans,' I could see Helgi watching me in the wings," she recalls vividly. "It was like, 'This is my one chance. I have to do this right.' "

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Congratulations! You've made it through audition season and have decided which summer intensive to attend. (Don't worry if you're not there yet—that day is just around the corner.) We asked faculty from The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory what to do in the months leading up to your intensive so you can get the most out of it:

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Competitors in class. Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne.

Prepare to give up your plans for this entire week. The 2019 Prix de Lausanne is underway, with more hours of streaming available than ever before. Bunheads and balletomanes can enjoy up to six hours a day of free streaming live from Switzerland.

The broadcast started this morning with the junior category girls running through their classical variations onstage for the first time, followed by the senior boys in contemporary class. The full schedule for the week is available here, and streaming can be viewed on ARTE Concert or on the Prix de Lausanne website. (The ARTE Concert site is in French, but don't let that deter you; the stream itself is all in English.)

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James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston. Courtesy In the Lights PR.

"Cindies" fans, this one's for you. February 9-10, American Ballet Theatre's James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston are collaborating with pop singer Rozzi to put on a full-length show titled When I Think Of You at The Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum, Idaho. Set to Rozzi's debut album Bad Together, performed live by the singer and her band, the show features choreography by Whiteside, Boylston, ABT's Gemma Bond and commercial dancer Ai Shimatsu with dancing by Whiteside, Boylston and ABT soloist Calvin Royal III.

Whiteside is no stranger to pop music. The principal dancer doubles as singer/songwriter JbDubs, known for choreographing and producing his own wild music videos and performances. We touched base with Whiteside to hear all about how When I Think of You came to be, what this unique show will look like, and how he balances his musical career with his work at ABT.

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Summer is a great time to make new friends, broaden your horizons and get tons of dancing in at a summer intensive. As you get closer to college-age, it can also be a great time to get valuable information and extra training that can come in handy later when you're thinking about college auditions. With 19 summer programs running throughout the U.S. (plus a ballet intensive in Genoa, Italy, and a musical theater intensive in London), Joffrey Ballet School offers a wide variety of experiences that give you both top-notch dance training and a taste of what college life will be like:

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Cirio in English National Ballet's "Manon." Photo by Laurent Liotardo, courtesy English National Ballet.

Jeffrey Cirio's meteoric rise is what dreams are made of. A Pennsylvania native, he joined Boston Ballet in 2009 and quickly rose up the ranks to principal dancer by 2012. While he felt Boston was "home," he left to join American Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 2015, where he was promoted to principal after only one year. Now, after a four-month stint as a guest artist with English National Ballet last season, this all-American boy has joined the company as a full-time lead principal. It's hard to believe he's only 27.

Just a day after his performance as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake with Alina Cojocaru last month, Cirio sat down with Pointe to give an update on his new life living and working in London.

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