Audition Opportunities

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Miami City Ballet is holding open auditions in New York City for the 2017-18 season. Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez is seeking classically trained male and female dancers with at least 10 years of professional experience to join the Company at all ranks. Training in the Balanchine technique is a plus.

When & Where

Sunday, March 26, 2017

3-8 pm

Specific audition class times to be announced via

School of American Ballet

165 W. 65 Street, New York

(W. 65th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway)

Pre-registration for audition is required. Please submit:

 Resume

 Current headshot

 2-3 full-body dance photographs

 Recent video (link) to a classical work, variation

Send to:

Michael Sebesto -

You will receive an email confirming receipt of pre-registration materials. No phone calls please.

Please bring hard copies of resume, headshot and dance photos with you to the audition.

If you cannot make it to the New York audition, please submit the required materials, and you will be notified by email if you are invited to attend an audition class in Miami.

Colburn Dance Academy Auditions

Auditions for the 2017–2018 school year at the Colburn Dance Academy will take place in March 2017.

Los Angeles, March 19, 2 PM at the Colburn School- 200 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles CA 90012

New York, March 26, 1 PM at the School of American Ballet-  70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Full tuition scholarship and financial aid for residences are available.

Please register in advance

For those individuals who will be unable to attend auditions, we accept video submissions.

For more information, visit this link or contact Gavin Kelley at or 213-621-1085.

Wayne McGregor is seeking male and female dancers with strong classical and contemporary technique for freelance contracts with Company Wayne McGregor commencing July 2017.

To apply, please send the following by email to:

  • Your CV
  • A recent photo
  • Footage of you dancing (preferably by web link)
  • A cover letter
  • A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (click here to download)
  • Please confirm in your cover letter if you have the legal right to work in the UK or if you would require a visa to do so

Deadline for applications: Friday 17 March 2017 at 5pm

Auditions will be held in April by invitation only.

Regretfully we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants.

Studio Wayne McGregor is an Equal Opportunities Employer

DIAVOLO | Architecture In Motion® seeks male and female dancers to join the touring ensemble to perform, choreograph, collaborate, and teach. Dancers must have a strong background in modern dance, partnering, improvisation, gymnastics and acrobatics. Major commitment in Los Angeles with travels all over the world. Experience in acting, extreme sports, gymnastics, and other movement styles a plus.

2017 Audition Dates

March 11 | Dallas, TX

Booker T. Washington High School, 10a-2p

March 25 | Oakland, CA

Project Bandaloop, 10a-2p

April 15 | Philadelphia, PA

University of the Arts, 10a-2p

April 29 | Los Angeles, CA

DIAVOLO studio, 10a-6p

Please bring performance resume, teaching resume/credits and head shot to check in. Long pants and long sleeves highly suggested. Knee pads and athletic shoes required.

RSVP REQUIRED to | @Diavolo_LA

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. Creative Director Jacques Heim steers DIAVOLO’s diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit. Meticulously designed bespoke architectural structures serve as the central inspiration for each work, activated by the stylistically varied and intensely physical choreography which has become the hallmark of this truly original company throughout its rich 25 year history.


Saturday 11th March 2017


You must register in order to attend this audition by emailing:

Registration Deadline: Friday 3rd March 15:00pm

Participants must be aged 18 to apply.

Please bring a non-returnable printed copy of your current CV, suitable dance wear, shoes and kneepads

The audition will be to consider applicants for

JVIntensive and JV2 for 2017 entry.

Please state upon email registration which programme you would like to be considered for and you will be allocated a time to attend.

Further information on JVIntensive and JV2 visit:

Where: Institute of Arts Barcelona Cultura & Innovacion, SPAIN

Deadline for applications: Friday 3rd March 15:00pm

How to apply: Register to attend by emailing

Costs for participants: Audition Free, Programme Fees Apply

Contact details:


The Marigny Opera House Foundation, New Orleans Louisiana, announces an audition to find one male dancer, one male apprentice and one female apprentice dancer for the Marigny Opera Ballet.

Audition: April 15th, 2017, beginning at 11:00am at the Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand Street, New Orleans.

Selected dancers will be offered a contract for the company’s fourth season (August 21st, 2017 through March 25th, 2018). Dancers are expected to have professional level training in ballet as well as modern/contemporary technique. No audition fees are required. To register for the audition, or for more information, please write to before April 8th, 2017.

STREB is looking for performers for paid positions for rehearsal and performance in New York, the US and abroad.

Questions, please email

There is no prior registration.

WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

March 7th, 8th, and 9th 12PM (Noon) -  3:00pm

Please arrive no later than 12PM (Noon) to register and warm up. Attendees MUST be prepared to attend all 3 days of the audition in order to be considered for a position.

WHERE: STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM)

51 NORTH 1st Street (between Kent & Wythe Avenues) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (L train to Bedford Ave. stop).

WHO: People with professional-level training in any form of ACTION including dancers, acrobats, athletes, gymnasts, martial artists, etc. You must be comfortable with physical heights, impact, falls, and extreme aerobic activity. Strong modern/ ballet technique is encouraged. Tumbling experience is a plus, but not a requirement.

Please bring:

  • Clothes that are easy to move in
  • Dance shoes or gymnastics shoes (shoes you can run/ jump/ dance in) if you have them
  • Performance resume AND general resume reflecting any kind of professional work you have done or skills you may possess
  • A recent photo or headshot

PRINCIPAL & SOLOIST DANCERS – ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET (ENB) exists to take world-class ballet to as many people as possible. Under Tamara Rojo’s Artistic Directorship, ENB has worked to deliver this mission by focusing on: artistic excellence across all elements of the creative process; curating open-minded collaborations in order to develop the art form; using exceptional experiences to break down barriers with the audience and speak to new ones. We are seeking classically trained ballet dancers to join ENB to dance Principal and Soloist roles. You should have a strong classical technique and be able to perform a variety of repertoire including contemporary, classical and neo-classical. For further details please visit

SEATTLE WA/THE DONALD BYRD WORKSHOP 8/7-18/2017. Audition/registration. Company audition at end of workshop. info at

Ballet Memphis will be holding open auditions on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 2 p.m. The audition will be held at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607. Dancers should bring a CV, a headshot, and female dancers should be prepared to work on pointe and flat. The cost is $20 cash; no other form of payment will be accepted. Questions? Contact Ballet Master Brian McSween at

Audition Information:

Wednesday April 5th 2017 | 6-9 pm

Revere Park Auditorium

2509 W. Irving Park Rd

Chicago, IL

please email to reserve spot and ask questions


Khecari artistic directors Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer are

looking for dancers with an interest in our work. These auditions will

be structured as free workshops; we will not be making cuts during the


While we are always seeking dancers for future projects, we do not

anticipate making any decisions immediately following this audition. Any

dancers eventually hired for projects would be paid; we offer

$10.50/hour. If you have been to a previous audition, know that we are

familiar with your work, or have already

been dancing professionally for a while, we still encourage you to come

as a way of expressing interest in working with Khecari. Dancers are

also welcome to come to the audition simply as a free workshop.

We have a somatically grounded approach to dance, a strong interest

in improvisation, and a penchant for highly kinetic movement and

intricate partnering work. Because of the nature of our work, we want to

work with dancers who love to roll up their sleeves – whether that

means working hard as a dancer in the studio or being game to mop the

floor of a dusty old warehouse as part of rehearsal duties. We may ask a

wide range from you, from the pedestrian, the simple, things that may

feel easy as a technician but are integral to the work, to execution of

dance material that is explosive, athletic, technically challenging. We

are excited to work with artists who are interested in the audience’s

larger experience, not just the movement phrases. Our ideal

collaborators are enthusiastic, selfless, self-aware, and self caring,

good communicators and supportive of fellow collaborators. We love to

work with people who are continually motivated to fine tuning, digging

deeper, finding solutions, and working independently while

simultaneously taking direction eagerly.


Although it is not required, we strongly encourage you to attend one

or more of our dance classes at Lou Conte or Loyola Park leading up to

the audition. These will help us be able to introduce you to some

movement themes we will focus on in the audition and give us a chance to

interact with you more:


Adv/Pro Modern Dance Class at Lou Conte

with Julia Rae Antonick

February 1st, 8th

March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

12 pm – 1:45 pm

$15 drop in

All Levels Modern Dance Class at Loyola Park (part of Synapse Arts class series)

with Julia Rae Antonick

March 9th & 16th


$5 drop in


Saturday, February 4

Columbus City Ballet School - Lewis Center, OH

2-2:30pm Registration

2:30-4pm Audition Class

Saturday, February 25

Mauro Youth Ballet - San Juan, Puerto Rico

3:30-4pm Registration

4-5:30pm Audition Class

Saturday, March 11

West Michigan Youth Ballet - Ada, MI

Registration & Audition time TBA - check back soon!


Admission into the Summer Intensive is by audition only.  If you are unable to attend one of the audition tour locations, you can submit a video or schedule an audition at the School.

Please call (941-365-8400) or email ( for further information.

Auditions are open until June 1st.

All who audition must pay a $25 Audition Fee.

With audition season in full swing we here at Roanoke Ballet are looking to grow our professional company. We are currently looking for company and apprentice men and women for the 2017-2018 season. To apply for an audition send a Resume, Headshot, and video (Performance or class work) to


We have three main-stage performances per year, two classical and one contemporary ballet. Then we have four smaller shows called Blackboxes that are 30 min shows that have everything from classical pas de deux to works choreographed by company dancers. In addition we have touring performances and school shows. We are a growing company with many opportunities. For more information check out

THE WROCŁAW OPERA BALLET are looking for new dancers - soloists, coryphées and corps de ballet artists - highly skilled in classical and contemporary dance for the 2017-2018 season.

Applications in the form of CVs with attachments (photographs, films) will be accepted until 6 March 2017.

Please send your application either in paper format (CV + CD/DVD) to

Opera Wrocławska

ul. Świdnicka 35

50-066 Wrocław


or in an electronic version to:

The CV should include the date of birth, height, weight, education, professional experience (awards in competitions, distinctions, leading roles). In addition, the application should contain portrait and dance photographs (in separate files) as well as links to video recordings (on YouTube, Vimeo etc.). Only films and photographs made over the last year will be accepted. The size of the entire application should not exceed 5 MB. Only complete applications will be taken into consideration.

Invitations to the audition will be sent to the selected dancers by e-mail.

The audition will take place at the Wrocław Opera on 13 March 2017 at 12:00 (Big rehearsal room - 7th floor)




Verb Ballets

Audition Date: Ongoing

Audition Time: By appointment

Location Street Address: 3445 Warrensville Center Road

Location City, State Zip: Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Website: Verb Ballets is a contemporary ballet company located in Shaker Heights, Ohio (just minutes from downtown Cleveland, Ohio). Verb Ballets presents dynamic programming through bold artistry, unique styles and technical excellence that captivates a broad audience. Verb Ballets is seeking male and female dancers for annual 10-11 month contracts that include fringe benefits and a two week paid vacation. Must have a strong background in ballet and contemporary technique. Submission must include headshot, resume and a You Tube link, Vimeo or DVD showing dancers abilities. Submissions accepted Dec-March 2017 and will be kept on file. More information available at

Please send submissions to:Richard Dickinson, Associate Director

Verb Ballets

3445 Warrensville Center Road

Shaker Heights, OH 44122

or email

MINNESOTA BALLET AUDITIONS: Male & female, 4/8 @ 4:00 pm Ruth Page Cen. Arts, Chicago, $15. 4/22 @ 3:30 pm, Cowles Center, Minneapolis. $15


New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera 

Young adult, semi-professional or professional classical ballet dancers are invited to apply and perform in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s grand production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. Celebrating its 28th season, Verismo Opera seeks to collaborate with ballet schools in New Jersey, preferably from Bergen County, to provide ballet students, ages 16 to 20 years of age, or older professional dancers interested in performing opportunities with the largest professional, grand opera company in the county.

Under Artistic Director Lucine Amara, a Metropolitan Opera luminary, Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), presents fully staged productions with traditional sets, costumes, the Verismo Opera Chorus and a live orchestra.  The company’s performance of Aida will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at bergenPAC in Englewood, New Jersey.  For information about this performing opportunity and to schedule an audition appointment, contact Stage Director/General Manager Evelyn La Quaif or Technical Director Giovanni Simone at


Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, located in Indianapolis, Indiana is seeking male and female dancers for company positions, guest work, and apprenticeships for its 2017-2018 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 US must have a valid work visa. All applicants must be available to audition in person.

Auditions will be held on:

Saturday, January 14, 2017 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

All auditions will be held at:

The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

329 Gradle Dr. Carmel, IN 46032


AUDITION: 2:00pm

Audition fee: $20

Audition includes ballet barre, modern center exercises, and company repertoire.

GHDT is also accepting auditions during company class on Fridays from 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Dancers might be invited to stay after the class audition to learn company repertoire. Please register beforehand and bring a resume and headshot with you to the audition. To register, please email

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre provides:

• Weekly salaries for company members and guest positions

• Occasional national and international touring opportunities

• Season performances as the resident dance company of the Tarkington at the Center for Performing Arts

• Teaching and choreographic opportunities at The Academy of GHDT

• Minimum of 30 week work schedule

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre commitments:

• Rehearsals Monday-Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm

• Company class of ballet, modern or jazz 9:30am – 11:00am

• Occasional events and performances around the community

For registration or inquiries about the audition please email

Smuin Contemporary American Ballet

Company Audition:  2017/18 Season

Sunday, March 12

Academy of Ballet

2121 Market Street, San Francisco

1:00 pm Registration

1:30-4:30 pm Audition: Including 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 prior to audition. Include name/audition in subject line (i.e. Tina Ballerina/audition).

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

Recent repertoire includes works by:  Michael Smuin (founder), Amy Seiwert (choreographer in residence), Jiří Kylián, Helen Pickett, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Stanton Welch, Garrett Ammon, Adam Hougland, Darrell Grand Moultrie and others.

A staple of the San Francisco dance community for more than 20 years, Smuin pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly America style, combining classical ballet training, technique, and artistry with uncommon physicality and expression.

Joburg Ballet (South Africa) seeks tall male dancers with good classical ballet technique. The company is based in modern, spacious premises at the Joburg Theatre, Johannesburg. Applicants are invited to submit a resumé detailing training and experience as well as personal information (name, nationality, date of birth, contact details, height). Applications must include recent full figure photographs and film footage of the applicant’s dancing. Film footage can be provided by mail, email, courier service or Youtube link.

MAIL: Mr Chase Bosch, Company Manager, Joburg Ballet, PO Box 291990, Melville 2109, South Africa


DELIVERY ADDRESS: Joburg Ballet, Joburg Theatre, Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa

TELEPHONE: +27 (0) 11 877 6897



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A video titled "Dancers vs. Trump Quotes" went viral last summer, showing dancers taking Trump's "locker-room" talk to task.

Alexis Convento, lead curator of the New York City–based Current Sessions, dedicated a whole program to the concept of resistance, while educator and interdisciplinary artist Jill Sigman has initiated a workshop called "Body Politic, Somatic Selves," as a space for movement research around questions of support, activism and solidarity.

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After an inspiring career at NYCB, Béjart's Ballet Lausanne and LINES, the January 2006 Dance Magazine cover star—one of our 25 to Watch that year—is no longer performing. But she's determined to use her dance background to change the stereotypes and misconceptions that people—including black people—have about women of color. "I want to show it's okay to embrace our softer side, and let the world know we're multidimensional," says Ash.

Aesha Ash in Richmond, CA. PC Renee Scott via

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Ash soon realized she didn't have the budget to fund her original plan ("I never realized how expensive a bus stop advertisement is!"). But she's made the images available through an online store, and often simply gives away prints at her own expense to schools and students in need of some inspiration.

Any proceeds she makes from the sales go directly to other organizations that are working to expand ballet in diverse communities. One large donation even led to a pointe shoe fund at dancer Robyn Gardenhire's City Ballet of Los Angeles school—and it helped one dancer who had quit ballet because of the expense come back to class.

Now a mother of two in San Jose, CA, Ash will also start teaching a free after-school ballet class at her daughter's public school next month. "I recently taught at Girls Inc. in Oakland, and one of the little black girls said, 'Are you the ballet teacher?' She just stood there, staring at me with her mouth open, like a unicorn had just walked into the room," Ash says. "You never know the impact you can have just by being a presence."

If you're interested in supporting the project, check out the online shop, or donate directly at

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