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Dances Patrelle announces young dancer auditions for The Yorkville Nutcracker. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 and Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Ballet Academy East, 1651 Third Avenue, NYC.

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3pm for ages 13 and up.*

Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 1pm to 2pm for 6-9 year olds. (Registration begins at noon)

Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 2:30pm to 4pm for 10-13 year olds. (Registration begins at 1:30pm)

Dancers should arrive in appropriate dance attire.

*(Soloist Roles - Ladies should be prepared to dance en pointe).

Parents of children ages 6 - 12 must attend a parent information briefing, which will be held during the first half hour of each audition.

Production Fee: $275. Limited scholarships are available. Download, Complete, Print and Bring the Registration Form to Audition, available athttps://www.dancespatrelle.org/.

Comprehensive rehearsal schedule will be available at audition. All students must be currently enrolled in a ballet school. Weekly rehearsals will begin September 22nd for older dancers, younger dancers will begin in October.

Dances Patrelle will present The Yorkville Nutcracker from December 6-9, 2018 at the Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, E. 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, NYC.

For questions, email nutcracker@dancespatrelle.org *Please do not call Ballet Academy East or Dances Patrelle Offices*

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YOUNG DANCERS AND THEATRICAL PERFORMERS FROM CHICAGO AND BEYOND ARE INVITED TO AUDITION FOR A ROLE IN THE JOFFREY BALLET'S THE NUTCRACKER

The Joffrey Ballet holds open auditions for the Children's Cast of Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker at its downtown studios in Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street,Thursday, September 6 and Sunday, September 9. All students in the Chicagoland area with dance experience that meet casting criteria are welcome to audition on their respective dates.

This annual audition is for all young dancers, from any studio or school, interested in auditioning for Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker, whether they have participated in the Joffrey's Nutcracker in the past or not. The audition will be directed by artistic staff from The Joffrey Ballet.

All dancers must bring an audition form, 4x6 headshot (ladies with hair in a bun), and proof of age (ID, passport or copy of birth certificate etc.). The audition form and RSVP links are available online at Joffrey.org/nutauditions.

Audition Dates and Times Based on Dancer Criteria

Thursday, September 6

Registration begins 30 minutes prior to audition

5:30-7:00 PM | Ladies ages 8-11, maximum height 4'5" (no minimum height)

Sunday, September 9

Registration begins one hour prior to audition

11:00-11:45 AM | Gentlemen ages 10-17, maximum height 5'8" (no minimum height)

12:00-1:00 PM | Ladies, ages 11-18, height between 5'0"-5'6"

1:30-4:30 PM | Ladies age 9-18, height between 4'5"-5'0" – Note: media is invited to attend this final audition session.

The age and height parameters are strict and students who do not fall within the parameters will not be admitted into the audition.

Availability

Dancers must be available for rehearsals in September, October, November and December of 2018. All rehearsals are coordinated by Joffrey Ballet Masters and Joffrey Academy Staff, and will be held generally on Sundays and weekday evenings. Production week may require daytime rehearsals during the week.

Performances take place December 1-30 (no performance on December 25) at the Auditorium Theatre.

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CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS

Dance Canvas is kicking off our 11th season and we are looking for Emerging Choreographers or movement based artists who are interested in creating new works for our 2018-19 Choreographer Career Development Initiative. For this year's program, we will select up to 10 choreographers to work with Dance Canvas to be presented in our 2019 Performance Series at the Ferst Center for the Arts on March 22nd & 23rd 2019. Choreographers will spend 5 months conceiving, work-shopping concepts, and receiving feedback/mentorship with the end goal of presentation in our performance series. We encourage choreographers from all genres of dance to consider applying...In the past, we have presented ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, aerial, and tap choreographers, as well as multimedia and dance film makers. Don't be afraid to pitch something unique...Originality is a factor in our selection process. Applications are open to Atlanta-based and out-of-state choreographers. (*Scholarships available for out of state choreographers)

We define "emerging professional" as:

  • Artists with professional credentials in dance/art industry (*If applicant does not have professional experience, we encourage collaborations)
  • Less than 10 years of experience choreographing for professional companies
  • An artistic transition for an experienced choreographer (*ie. An experienced Hip Hop choreographer, transitioning to dance film maker)
  • A new dance company or collaborative
  • An established dance company that is supporting the work of a resident emerging choreographer

Emerging Professional applicants must be at least 18 years old, and not currently enrolled in an undergraduate college, university or conservatory program (*Exceptions: Kennesaw State University or Georgia Tech student choreographers should contact their department heads for more information on our collegiate partnership opportunities). Graduate/Doctoral candidates can apply.

Selected Choreographers receive:

  • Discounted/Free Studio Rehearsal space
  • Access to professional dancers (assistance with dancer casting/auditions)
  • Professional photography and video of performance
  • Marketing/Promotion of your project
  • Workshops and Mentoring opportunities
  • Performance (rehearsal/tech time) at the Ferst Center for the Arts
  • Industry network connections (Complimentary tickets)
  • Teaching/residency opportunities (*based on request from partner institutions)

Application DEADLINE 11:59 pm on August 20th, 2018

For more information and to APPLY:

https://www.dancecanvas.com/copy-of-programs-2

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New York Theatre Ballet is seeking classically trained men for the 2018-2019 season. As NYC's leading chamber company, NYTB presents diverse repertory by renowned choreographers Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Agnes de Mille, José Limón, Jerome Robbins, and Merce Cunningham. NYTB also commissions new works by choreographers including Richard Alston, David Gordon, Nicolo Fonte, Pam Tanowitz, and Gemma Bond.

Contract runs October 22, 2018-April 1, 2019. Men should have strong technique and exceptional partnering skills.

August 18, 2018

10am-12pm

New York Theatre Ballet

131 East 10th Street

2nd Floor

Entrance is on 11th Street in the St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery.

Email resume and photo to admin@nytb.org

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Ballet des Amériques Conservatory

Westchester area students can now experience serious dance education without traveling to Manhattan. Conveniently located next to the Port Chester stop on the MTA New Haven line, Ballet des Amériques is accessible to students in Westchester and Connecticut via train.

Ballet des Amériques prides itself in its school and conservatory program. Under the direction of Artistic Director, Carole Alexis, students are given serious training with the possibility of them becoming professional dancers. The school only accepts up to 120 students, so dancers may receive more individual attention and personalized corrections from the artistic staff.

The conservatory program is six days a week, which includes classes in: ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, barre au sol, acrobatics, modern dance, African-Caribbean dance, character dance, flamenco, and music. The conservatory schedule interacts well with students' academics, allowing students to complete homework before attending evening classes. Classes will teach students terminology, etiquette, and help them cultivate a strong work ethic. The school's syllabus is deep-seated in the French tradition of ballet training with emphasis in creating proper technique, alignment, clean lines, elegance, and respect for the art and your teachers.

Advanced students may be invited to audition to become a trainee with the professional company. Students in the conservatory have the opportunity to perform in joint productions between the school and the professional company.

We invite you to visit our website for further information. Auditions for the 2018-2019 will be Saturday, September 8th. To pre-register for the audition, please admin@balletdesameriques.com or call us at 646-753-0457. Students auditioning will be assessed by Madame Alexis and members of the teaching staff.

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Ballet West to Hold Children's Auditions for The Nutcracker

Ballet West's The Nutcracker, the longest running production of this iconic ballet in the United States will hold open auditions for children on August 25th at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre.

Last year, 600 children from across the American west auditioned to be cast in one of the four casts adding up to 350 roles for boys and girls. They joined the notable ranks of tens-of-thousands of Nutcracker alumni who have danced throughout its 62-year Utah history.

After last year's $3-million dollar investment in upgrading the sets, costumes, and special effects, this dazzling production returns with much anticipation after the highly successful and critically lauded unveiling. Parents and guardians can register students with dance training, (at least one year's experience is recommended), between ages 8 and 18 years old and girls between 4'0" –5'11" and boys 4'0" and 6'0". To learn more and register online, visit: balletwest.org

WHAT: Ballet West's The Nutcracker Children/Student Auditions

WHO: Guardians can register students between 8-18 years old

WHEN: Saturday, August 25th (Pre-register for time slot at www.balletwest.org)

WHERE: Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre, 52 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Open Auditions for Indianapolis Ballet's The Nutcracker to be Held Sunday, August 12

Dancers Ages 9-19 Invited to Audition for Roles in Indiana's Grandest Staging of the Holiday Tradition at Old National Centre

Young dancers looking to be featured in Indiana's grandest staging of The Nutcracker alongside members of the Indianapolis Ballet professional company are invited to attend this year's open audition, taking place Sunday, August 12, from 12:00-5:00 p.m. at the Indianapolis Ballet studios, located at 502 N. Capitol Avenue, Suite B (2nd floor).

The audition is open to dancers ages 9-19, and interested dancers must turn the ages listed below by September 30. The audition schedule for August 12 is as follows:

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Warm-up classes (ages 13 and up)
1:15-2:00 p.m. – Ages 16 and up (ladies on pointe)
2:15-2:45 p.m. – Ages 13-15 (ladies on pointe)
3:00-3:45 p.m. – Ages 11-12
4:00-5:00 p.m. – Ages 9-10

No RSVP's are necessary for the August 12 open audition. For more information, please email school@indyballet.org or call 317-955-7525. Rehearsals for dancers in the production will be held on Saturdays beginning September 15. Production week will run from December 11-16, including evening rehearsals on Dec. 11 & 12 and five performances at Old National Centre between Dec. 13-16. Featured dancers and soloists may have additional weekday rehearsals

This December will mark the first official Nutcracker production under the banner of the Indianapolis Ballet professional company, which will continue the Indy tradition established by the Indianapolis School of Ballet across the previous 11 years. Since moving to the historic Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in 2016, the production has grown to include live orchestral accompaniment – and for the second straight year the 45-piece Indianapolis Ballet Orchestra will be on hand to bring Tchaikovsky's popular holiday soundtrack to life.

More details regarding Indianapolis Ballet's 12th annual production of The Nutcracker, including ticket on-sale information, will be made available next week; visitwww.indyballet.org/nutcracker and the @indyballet social media channels for updates.
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TULSA BALLET HOSTING AUDITIONS FOR MAIN COMPANY:

Audition dates and locations:

Seoul, South Korea – Sunday, August 12, 2018

Registration – 10:00am to 11:00am
Audition – 11:00am to 1:00pm

Korea National University of Arts
2374, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

AGMA Company | Year-round Medical & Disability Insurance | 40 Week Contract

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Les Ballets De Alienor

You are professional, pre-professional, or advanced amateurs, you want to prepare to re enter classes and discover the world of choreographer Pascal Touzeau, Alienor Ballet offers a recovery course from Monday August 27 to Friday, August 31, 2018, at the dance studio of the Benauge, 23, rue Raymond Poincaré 33100 Bordeaux .

This course will also give the opportunity to the dancer to be spotted for a possible role with the company scheduled for mid-November 2018.

Program Monday to Friday:
- 11h 13h: Christelle Lara | classical Courses
- 14h -16h. Pascal Touzeau | Workshop

Rates:
Course or Wokshop (*) per unit: 15 €
Full Pass: 100 €
Membership: 20 €

The number of places is limited. Reserve your place by sending an email to the following address: communication@lienorballet.eu stating the following information:

- Name
- Address
- Phone
- Desired Formula (Full Pass or Single (**)

(*) The workshop is inseparable from the course
(**) If you choose the option to the unit, you must specify the course / Workshop and desired days.

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New Jersey Ballet Company Audition for Men

Artistic Director: Carolyn Clark

* NJ Ballet seeks classically-trained male dancers for the 2018/2019 season
* Males seeking company positions must be 5'10" or taller
* All applicants must have strong classical ballet technique, be available for work from October 2018 - May 2019

* Apply by August 15, 2018 to audition@njballet.org with:
1. CV/resume detailing personal background, height, dance experience, and training
2. A letter of recommendation from a previous employer or Ballet instructor and/or list of 3 references.
3. Headshot and photo of 1st arabesque, along with classical and contemporary photo
4. Link to a video of classical variation and pas de deux (optional: additional contemporary or modern work/variation is also encouraged)

* Selected Dancers will be invited to audition on Sunday, August 26, 2018 - Time to be announced

* There are no processing/audition fees for applications submitted on or before August 15, 2018.

* Location to be anounced

* For more information:
** visit our website: www.njballet.org
** call: 973-597-9600
** email: audition@njballet.org

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CINEVOX JUNIOR COMPANY Audition for the Season 2018/19

Artistic Director: Malou Fenaroli Leclerc

We are looking for young male and female dancers between 18 and 22 years. Strong classical and contemporary technique required.

Auditions for some available contracts will be held:

Saturday, 1st of September 2018, 10.00 am / Deadline for application: 27th of August 2018

Audition by invitation only / Private auditions by request only.

Application including your CV (PDF), pictures can be sent to: cinevox-theater@cinevox.ch. We only accept complete application documents.

The Performance Year with the CINEVOX JUNIOR COMPANY is a bridge betweene ducation and professional life.

CINEVOX Theater, Poststrasse 33, 8212 Neuhausen, Switzerland

http://www.artco.ch/ballet.html

www.foerderverein-cinevox.ch/

https://www.facebook.com/cinveoxjuniorcompany

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Ballet Arizona announces the official auditions for students interested in training with the School of Ballet Arizona (SBAZ), the only ballet training program in the state associated with a professional ballet company. Prospective students age four and older are invited to participate in open auditions scheduled for Saturday, July 21, 2018, and Saturday, August 11, 2018. Classes begin August 13, 2018.

SBAZ programs feature live piano accompaniment, internationally-recognized faculty, and high standards of training in the same facility as the Ballet Arizona professional company.

The upcoming school year sets the bar high while offering students ages 4-20 the exclusive chance to perform in the school's full-length productions of Swan Lake and Don Quixote scheduled for the 2018-19 school year, as well as the year-end performance at the Orpheum Theatre.

For information and to register for one of these dates, go to school section of balletaz.org and click School Year.

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Zikr Dance Ensemble Auditions

Zikr Dance Ensemble is currently seeking 2 classically trained male dancers and 1 female dancer for a fall tour around the Colorado and New Mexico areas.

Contract will be 3 weeks long from September 17th -October 7th and pay will be dependent on experience.
Only dancers with US citizenship, green card or visa should apply.

Performances scheduled in Crestone, Pagosa Springs, Telluride, Ouray, and Paonia, CO, & Albuquerque and Taos, NM.

Please send resume with photos and video links to artistic director, David Taylor:

davidtaylor.zikr@hotmail.com

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Ballet Academy East Pre Professional Division Audition for 2018-2019 School Year!

Ballet Academy East's comprehensive ballet training combined with professional-caliber performance opportunities prepare students for success in the dance world. BAE is celebrated for producing technically strong and artistically expressive dancers who are sought after for their professionalism and ability to easily adapt to the broad range of styles demanded of today's dance professionals. BAE alumni are dancing on stages all over the world. 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.

Audition dates: August 22, 2018 & September 17, 2018
URL: http://balletacademyeast.com/pre-professional-division/#1496956352261-fa475d51-e0f4
Contact: info@baenyc.com & (212)410-9140

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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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Montgomery Ballet is seeking a principal dancer (male and female).

The season is 30 -36 weeks. Season starts end of August. Send resumes with headshot, dance photos, and videos to info@montgomeryballet.org. Please email with questions.

There are also a few remaining positions for Trainees and Apprentices. Send resumes with headshot, dance photos, and videos to info@montgomeryballet.org. Please email with questions.

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Roxey Ballet Announces Auditions for the 2018 Production of the American Holiday Classic "Nutcracker"

Auditions for Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker will be held at the Mill Ballet School in Lambertville, NJ on September 8th, 2018.

Artists ages 4-18 are encouraged to attend.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the audition .

Please bring one headshot photo.

Audition Times:

  • Ages 4 to 6 - 12:00-12:30
  • Ages 7 to 10 - 12:30-1:00
  • Ages 11 to 13 - 1:00-1:30
  • Ages 14 to 18 - 1:30-2:00

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time.

**Audition Fee - $35.00

Register Online

Download audition form and bring it to the audition

Email us for additional information or questions.

Location: Canal Studios 243 N. Union St., Lambertville, NJ 08530

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Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet's Nutcracker Auditions

Saturday, August 11th
  • Ages 3-6, 12:00-12:30pm
  • Ages 7-12, 12:30-1:00pm
  • Ages 13-Professional, 1:00-2:00pm
For more information visit www.vhdancecenter.com, email vhcfbl@gmail.com, or call 630.527.1052.

Audition held at 1239 South Naper Blvd. Naperville, IL, 60540

2018 Performance Dates:

  • Rialto Square Theater - Sunday, December 2, 2018, 2 pm
  • The MAC at College of Dupage - Saturday, December 15, 2018: 2pm & 7pm and Sunday, December 16, 2018: 1pm & 5pm

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Mark Morris Dance Group Women's Dance Audition

The Mark Morris Dance Group is looking for female dancers for full-time company positions. Auditions will be held August 18-21, 2018 at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Pre-registration is required at MMDG.org/auditions. Female and female-identifying persons welcome. For more information please contact info@mmdg.org

Audition: Saturday August 18- Tuesday August 21 at Mark Morris Dance Group 3 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY

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Ballet Quad Cities is looking for strong, versatile men and women to fill company positions for the 2018-2019 season.

Dancers must have strong Ballet and Contemporary Technique. Salaried, non-union contracts available for at least 28 weeks. Company members also receive worker's comp, ballet classes and shoes. Contract begins August 2018-March 2019.

To be considered for an audition, please send current headshot, full body shot (on pointe for ladies), resume and video links of classical and contemporary work to Courtney Lyon, Artistic Director clyonballetqc@mediacombb.met

613 17th St. Rock Island, IL 61201 | Phone: 309/786.4779

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

Ballet des Amériques engages dancers who grasp and appreciate the pedagogical, aesthetic and ethical principles of its organization as 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.

The audition will be Saturday, August 11th at the Ballet des Ameriques studios in Port Chester, NY. Registration starts at 10:30am. Audition class will be 11-1:30.

To Pre-register for the audition:

Please send your cover letter, resume, photograph, and video material to the Assistant to the Director, Shirley Rodriguez, via email: admin@balletdesameriques.com. Please include "Seeking classically trained dancers" in the subject line.

All applicants must have the proper documentation to work in the 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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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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Juniper Ballet Summer Intensives 2018: Hawaii, London, Chicago -- National Audition Tour

Check back soon for more locations & intensives to be announced...

Dancers in all levels of Juniper Ballet's Summer Intensive in Hawaii, London, and Chicago will work with internationally renowned artists from American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet of London, The Joffrey Ballet, MTV, So You Think You Can Dance, and have danced with artists such as Misty Copeland, Julie Kent, Ethan Stiefel, Michaela DePrince, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, have danced for royalty and the Obamas. And more to be announced soon.

Juniper Ballet will be providing exceptional opportunities for dancers to be viewed for pre-professional and professional positions with Juniper Ballet and many other prestigious companies. Dancers will also be viewed for many performance opportunities such as, dancing with The Juniper Ballet Company at individual Summer End Performances around the world for a global audience and scholarships to Juniper Ballet's next Intensives.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO ALL INTENSIVES.

See More: Facebook, Instagram

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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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If you missed the Genée International Ballet Competition's live-streamed finals this weekend, we've got you covered. Last night, 17-year-old Joshua Green of Australia and 16-year-old Monet Hewitt of New Zealand were named this year's gold medalists in the men's and women's category, out of 14 finalists. Caitlin Garlick (Australia) and Basil James (United Kingdom) won silver medals, while Enoka Sato (Japan) and Jordan Yeuk Hay Chan (Hong Kong) took home bronze. Chan also won the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, and Green was given the Choreographic Award for Dancer's Own Variation.

Gold medalist Joshua Green. Photo by Keith Sin, Courtesy RAD.

This year's IBC, which took place in Hong Kong, brought together 51 dancers between 15–19 years old and representing 13 nationalities (including three Americans). The candidates, all of whom are trained in the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus, spent five days receiving coaching from esteemed faculty on a classical variation as well as a solo choreographed by themselves, a teacher or a peer. The dancers also had to learn and perform a new solo by specially commissioned choreographer Carlo AC Pacis.

Catch the winning dancers as they each perform Pacis' work below, and stay tuned—next year's Genée IBC takes place in Toronto.

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Boston Ballet is bringing Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free to the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA. Photo by Gene Shiavone, Courtesy Boston Ballet.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've pulled together some highlights.


Houston Ballet Brings a World Premiere to Jacob's Pillow

August 15-18, for the first time in almost four decades, Houston Ballet is appearing at Jacob's Pillow, the famous summer dance festival in Becket, MA. Headlining the program is Just, a world premiere commissioned by the Pillow and choreographed by HB artistic director Stanton Welch, set to music by contemporary composer David Lang. Also from Welch are Clear, an abstract piece for seven men and seven women, and excerpts from Sons de L'ame, with music by Chopin. The company will also perform In Dreams, choreographed by former Pillow choreographic associate Trey McIntyre.

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Editors' List: The Goods
Gaynor Minden's celebrating 25 years in the best way possible: With a sale! (via dancer.com)

Time for a quick pop quiz: What does "BTS" stand for?

A. Back To the Studio

B. Behind The Scenes

C. Back To School

D. Back To Shopping

Answer: All of the above! We've searched far and wide to round up a quartet of blockbusting BTS online sales that you won't want to miss. Ready, set, stock up on everything you'll need for the 2018–2019 year of dance.

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Photo by David Tett, Courtesy Genée 2018.

Looking to add a little bit of ballet to your weekend? We have good news: The 2018 Genée International Ballet Competition is streaming excerpts from their finals live this Sunday, August 12 from Hong Kong. Hosted by the Royal Academy of Dance, the Genée differs slightly from other ballet competitions in that it's exclusive to dancers training in the RAD syllabus. This year's 14 finalists were just announced this morning; the competitors were whittled down from 51 candidates from 13 nationalities. To watch this group of promising young dancers compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, go to the Genée Facebook page. The stream will also include exclusive interviews with members of the Genée team, the medalist announcement, and a special guest performance by Hong Kong Ballet. The stream begins at 7:25 pm Hong Kong Time—keep in mind that Hong Kong is 12 hours ahead of EST. You can track the time difference here.

Prep for the finals by watching this video of the finalists being announced earlier today, and scroll down for a full list of who to watch.

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A scene from "Pointe of Focus." Photo Courtesy SmugMug Films.

Chances are, you've seen (and "liked") photographer Omar Z Robles' beautiful shots of ballet dancers on social media. Rather than clean and tidy studio photos, his work captures dancers ("the ultimate subject," he says) outside and all over the world, often on vibrant city streets. In Pointe of Focus, a short web documentary from SmugMug Films, director Anton Lorimer goes behind the scenes with Robles during a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro. The doc follows the photographer as he scouts locations in Rio's historical districts and favelas, and directs local Brazilian dancers through the shoot. And these ballerinas are troopers, leaping over concrete, turning over cobblestones or balancing in rain-soaked pointe shoes to achieve the perfect shot.

"Putting them in an environment that's familiar, I think it strips away the barrier that comes with a studio or stage, and really shows how exceptional they are," Robles says about shooting dancers in public spaces. Learn more about this in-demand dance photographer in the nine-minute film below—you'll be sure to get some major Instagram inspiration!

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Irek Mukhhamedov and Viviana Durante in "Manon." Image via YouTube.

Sir Kenneth MacMilllan's ballet Manon tells the story of ill-fated lovers Manon and des Grieux, who are torn between worlds of wealth and opulence and the stark misery of poverty. While the characters' circumstances are bleak, their love is the powerful and redeeming force that carries the ballet. In this clip, The Royal Ballet's Viviana Durante and Irek Mukhamedov bring the characters' passion to the forefront. The powerhouse duo, who danced together throughout the 1990s, were renown for their dramatic prowess; their Act III pas de deux in Manon is an exquisite display of raw emotion and refined technique.

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Health & Body
Photos by Jayme Thornton for Pointe. Modeled by Anna Greenberg of American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

Planks are one of the most popular exercises for core strength, but they're not just about flat abs. Julie O'Connell, physical therapist and performing arts program manager at Chicago's Athletico Physical Therapy, says that dancers can use them to maximize their conditioning: Look at the corrections you're getting in class or the choreography you're learning and mirror those concepts in your strength work.

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Misty Copeland as the Ballerina Princess in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Photo Courtesy Disney.

It's August—the sun is shining, summer intensives are winding down, and Nutcracker seems very far away. But this new trailer for Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is already getting us in the holiday mood. While this modern take on the classic holiday story, in theaters November 2, is not a dance film, it does include mega-stars Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin as the Ballerina Princess and Nutcracker Prince.

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A successful career takes more than great technique. Photo by Thinkstock

Since its founding in 1999, more than 80,000 ballet dancers have participated in Youth America Grand Prix events. While more than 450 alumni are currently dancing in companies across the world, the vast majority—tens of thousands—never turn that professional corner. And these are just the statistics from one competition.

"You may have the best teacher in the world and the best work ethic and be so committed, and still not make it," says YAGP founder Larissa Saveliev. "I have seen so many extremely talented dancers end up not having enough moti­vation and mental strength, not having the right body type, not getting into the right company at the right time or getting injured at the wrong moment. You need so many factors, and some of these are out of your hands."

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