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


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.

NO REGISTRATION FEE.

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

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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/

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KAMEA DANCE COMPANY, ISRAEL

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!

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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:
https://www.ballet58.org/trainee-program-audition/

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

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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.

AUDITIONS

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

https://www.obt.org/company/auditions/

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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

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CityDance Summer Intensive Audition
December 1, 2018
More info here: https://www.citydance.net/Training-Classes/School-and-Conservatory/Summer

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.
Intensives are ideal for young dancers, ages 9-20, interested in a challenging exploration of classical and contemporary training with daily classes in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, and world dance. Other highlights include choreography workshops, partnering, gyrokinesis, and an exciting culminating performance showcase at the end of each two week intensive segment.

Audition Classes on December 1 will be taught by the dynamic teachers of DTH and Koresh a well as CityDance Ballet Master Stanislav Issaev and Choreographer-in-Residence Robert J. Priore.

AUDITION SCHEDULE DECEMBER 1, 2018
Ages 8-12 y.o.: Check-in 8:30-9:00amBallet 9:00-10:30amPointe 10:30-11:00am Modern Contemporary 11:00-12pm
Ages 12-13 y.o. (with 2 years of pointe experience + Petite Conservatory Students): Check-in 9:30-10:00amBallet 10:00am-11:30pm Pointe 11:30-12:00pm Modern Contemporary 12:00-1:00pm
Ages 14+ (Contemporary focus): Check-in 12:30pm -1:00pm Ballet 1:00-2:30pm Pointe 2:30-3:30pm Contemporary 3:30-5:00pm
Ages 14+ (Ballet focus): Check-in 11:30am -12:00pm Ballet 12:00-1:30pm Pointe 2:30-3:30pm Contemporary 3:30-5:00pm
If you have any questions please email: summer@citydance.net
LOCATION
CityDance at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Ln N Bethesda, MD 20852

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

Contact:

Bayerisches Staatsballett

Platzl 7

D-80331 Munich

T +49.(0)89.21 85 17 01

audition@staatsoper.de

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MCD seeking male dancer for Russian and Nutcracker.

Performance dates 12/7-9. tech 12/5 @ The Riverside Theater, NYC.

Performance pay and travel reimbursement available.

Saturday rehearsal availability a must in Westchester county ( 30 min on metro north).

Please submit to mcdnutcracker@gmail.com

www.mooneycooleydance.com

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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.

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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.

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Seeking male and female dancers for corps and soloist roles.
Pointe work and partnering required.
Rehearsals at the Armonk Ctr.for Dance. Armonk,NY
( transportation assistance possible)
Performances at the prestigious Riverside Church theatre in nyc. 12/7-9.
Performance pay, transportation and shoe reimbursement.
For more info, please email Mcdnutcracker@gmail.com and or visit our website at mooneycooleydance.com

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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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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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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.
The Conversation
Ballet Stars
Photo credits, clockwise from bottom left: Peter Mueller, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet; Jayme Thornton; Jochen Viehoff, Courtesy Stephanie Troyak; Karolina Kuras, Courtesy National Ballet of Canada; Natasha Razina, Courtesy State Academic Mariinsky Theatre; Kim Kenney, Courtesy Atlanta Ballet; Jim Lafferty; Arian Molina Soca, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet; Altin Kaftira, Courtesy Dutch National Ballet; Scott Shaw, Courtesy Shamar Wayne Watt

Dance Magazine has just announced their annual "25 to Watch" picks and we naturally went straight to the ballet people. The 2019 list includes up-and-coming dancers, choreographers and companies, and you may even see a few familiar faces from Pointe's 2018 "Stars of the Corps." You can check out Dance's full list here. In the meantime, get ready to see a whole lot more from the ballet dancers (and choreographer!) ahead.

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Murphy's pregnancy announcement has us jumping for joy. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy ABT

Congratulations are in order for American Ballet Theatre star Gillian Murphy and her husband, former ABT dancer Ethan Stiefel, who are expecting their first child next June!

Murphy announced her pregnancy today on Instagram:


She will not be dancing in the company's upcoming tour or the 2019 Metropolitan Opera House season, but plans to return to the stage next fall.

We have no doubt that Murphy will be the ultimate cool mom. Here's why:

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Ballet Training
Students at The Ailey School practice balancing in retiré. Photo Courtesy The Ailey School.

"In Cuba, everybody turns," says Caridad Martinez, a ballet faculty member at The Ailey School and a former principal with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Here, she walks us through the exercises and techniques that comprise "the Cuban secret" of pirouettes in general, and fouettés in particular.

Pirouette Basics

Two legs in plié: The Cuban methodology teaches the fourth position preparation for turns with both legs in demi-plié. The benefits of this approach are speed and control, says Caridad Martinez. "That push of the back leg to passé, at the moment of relevé, makes it easier to generate more turns."

Finish up: For all turns, says Martinez, "we teach to finish on relevé, because that's when you really finish. Hold the position a little bit more—gluteus in and up, turn out the standing leg, open the knee and stay! Don't leave anything behind."

Spotting secrets: To find a more active torso, says Martinez, "have the sensation that you quickly bring your back to the audience." This "switch" of the torso propels you farther around, and with more energy. In addition to spotting with rhythm, try telling yourself "Back! Back!" You may find you effortlessly have the force for that extra rotation.

Round arms: "We keep the arms rounded," says Martinez of the Cuban method, though she notes that it's not incorrect to extend to allongé. She gives a simple exercise to help her students coordinate their port de bras in turns: Hold an object in your opposite hand (the left, if you are turning to the right) as you prepare. At the moment of the relevé, quickly pass the object to your right hand as you turn.

Fouettés, Cuban-Style

The progression: Following the Cuban training method, Martinez builds strength and coordination for fouettés systematically in class. "It's very important not to skip any steps," she says.

  • Begin with consecutive relevés in retiré, both at the barre and in the center.
  • "Then do that with a quarter turn, then a half. That is awful! But later you appreciate it."
  • Progress to three consecutive full pirouettes, holding the leg in retiré as you plié between turns.
  • Repeat the above, this time extending the working leg à la seconde with the plié between turns. Then add a beat, back-front, to the passé as you turn.
  • Pirouette, plié á la seconde, pirouette is one way to fouetté. "When you have the coordination and the technique to control that, the next step is to go to the front and then seconde," says Martinez.
  • Work up gradually, starting with three or four fouettés.

Options: As noted above, the working leg in fouetté may extend directly to the side with plié or rond de jambe from front to side. With rond de jambe, you have a further choice: You may relevé with the à la seconde and then turn, or open the leg in plié and relevé at the moment of the pirouette. "We use both," Martinez explains, depending on the choreography.

The twizzle: Rather than pushing off from fourth directly into a high passé, many students allow the back foot to linger on the floor as they begin to turn, causing the passé to over-cross and the standing leg to turn in. In fouetté, the consequence of this is that the working leg drops too low when it extends. "That leg does not come down," Martinez cautions. "Feel that you isolate from the hip to the knee, and keep that distance the same."

Extra Tips

1. "Practicing balance—that is the students' homework," says Martinez. She suggests trying promenade on relevé at the barre, going en dehors with the leg in retiré and en dedans with the outside leg in cou-de-pied.

2. During fondus or ronds de jambe at the barre, Martinez works on the transition from plié attitude en avant into écarté derrière: "Extend the standing leg and get to écarté at the same time—that coordination is important when we are thinking about fouetté." Practicing attitude, as opposed to extending fully to the front, helps prevent over-crossing.

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