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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.

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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.).

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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/

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RENOWNED BALLET SCHOOL LAUNCHES NORTH AMERICA-WIDE TOUR

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.

2018/19 AUDITION TOUR: CITY, DATE AND LOCATION INFORMATION

SASKATOON - WED. OCT 10/18

Brenda's School of Baton and Dance

610 Clarence Avenue South

Saskatoon, SK S7H 2E2

EDMONTON – THURS. OCT 11/18

Ruth Carse Centre for Dance

11205 107 Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5H 0Y2

CALGARY – FRI. OCT 12/18

McDonald-Wilson Dance Academy

5107 33 Street NW

Calgary, AB T2L 1V3

NANAIMO – SUN. OCT 14/18

Harbour Dance Studios, Inc.

139 Bastion Street

Nanaimo, BC V9R 3A2

KELOWNA - MON. OCT 15/18

Canadian School of Ballet

2303 Leckie Road

Kelowna, BC V1X 6Y5

VANCOUVER – TUES. OCT 16/18

Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6

THUNDER BAY – WED. OCT 31/18

Art in Motion

115 Johnson Ave, 2nd floor

Thunder Bay, ON

TORONTO – THURS. NOV 1/18

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

HALIFAX – SUN. NOV 4/18

Maritime Dance Academy

36 Duke Street

Bedford, NS B4A 2Z5

MONCTON - MON. NOV 5/18

DancEast

601 St. George Blvd

Moncton, NB E1E 2C2

OTTAWA – TUES. NOV 6/18

Greta Leeming School of Dance

1460 Merivale Road

Nepean, ON K2E 5P2

MINNEAPOLIS – SUN. JAN 13/19

Minnesota Dance Theatre & School

528 Hennepin Ave, 6th floor

Minneapolis, MN 55403

LONDON – SUN. JAN 20/19

Dance Steps

275 Colbourne Street

London, ON N6B 2S7

MONTRÉAL – MON. JAN 21/19

Les Studios

1435 rue de Bleury, suite 400

Montréal, QC H3A 2H7

WINNIPEG - FRI, JAN 25/19

RWB

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.

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Emelin Theatre to premiere Nutcracker Dream – Call for September Auditions

The Emelin Theatre comes together with renowned choreographer Carole Alexis to present America's favorite seasonal ballet with the professional dance company Ballet des Amériques. Alexis' Nutcracker Dream is inspired by the work of Marius Petipa and Rudolf Nureyev and will be presented as a one-hour family friendly adaptation of the classic ballet. Nutcracker Dream will receive its world premiere with performances on Sunday December 16, 2018 and Saturday December 22, 2018 at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck NY.

Professional dancers from Ballet des Amériques will perform the featured roles of the ballet. Additional roles will be cast by auditions at the Emelin on Friday September 21 and Saturday September 22. Boys and girls aged 10-17, who have at least 3 years of ballet training, are invited to audition. Candidates should have intermediate to advanced ballet technique, clean lines and the ability to take corrections and directions quickly. To pre-register for the audition, please call (646) 753-0457 or write to info@balletdesameriques.com with "Nutcracker Dream Audition" in the subject line.

AUDITIONS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018, 5-8PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018, 10-1:30PM

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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

www.usinternationalballet.com

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The Portland Ballet Free-Pre Ballet Classes

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Ballet presents a series of free pre-ballet classes in September for ages 6-9. Each series is three classes held once a week at TPB's studio, 6250 SW Capitol Highway.

The free pre classes introduce young dancers to the fundamentals of ballet and help them decide if ballet is right for them. TPB welcomes all new dancers in these commitment-free series with the goal of giving students the basic foundations and an appreciation of dance. The classes develop motor skills, creativity, confidence, social skills, balance, focus, and flexibility, all in a safe and non-competitive environment. TPB is devoted to nurturing, student-centered ballet training.

The final class acts as a placement assessment for the Curriculum Ballet program. Students must attend the full series (all three classes) but are not required to pay an audition fee. Parents who wish to enroll their children must complete a Registration Form. Class sizes are limited, and they may be cancelled if they do not meet minimum enrollment.

Dates and times: Saturdays, September 15, 22, 29, 2018, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Dress code:

  • Girls: Pink tights, pink ballet shoes and a leotard of any color. No skirts or tutus.
  • Boys: Black tights, a white T-shirt and black ballet shoes.

To register: theportlandballet.org or 503.452.8448

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American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles is currently hiring a male dancer for the 2018-19 season as well as a guest soloist.

Contract is 38 weeks and runs September 2018–August 2019 (lay off approx Feb 15–May 1). Dates negotiable.
Repertoire includes Balanchine, the classics and new works. $500 to $650 per week plus physical therapy. Apprentice contracts are also available.

Details: https://www.acbdances.com/employment/

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

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

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

Learn more at wonderbound.com.

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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.

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Bristol, U.K.-based New Works Ballet Theatre is looking for male and female dancers with strong ballet and contemporary techniques. Other techniques desirable but not essential to join this exciting new company.
We cannot offer a paid contract, but in return you will have regular performing experience and expert teaching. If interested, please send C.V. together with dance footage and headshot to NWBTbristol@hotmail.com.
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New York City-based dance company Ballets with a Twist seeks dancers for paid rehearsals and performances. Pointe work is required for women. All applicants must have strong classical ballet technique, be available for touring and reside in the New York tri-state area.
Women: 5'5'' and taller
Men: 5'8''-5'11''
Please submit resume, at least one full-body classical photo (en pointe for women) and video footage (if available) to info@balletswithatwist.com.

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

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

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