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Auditions Guide

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Whether you're a bunhead or a hip-hopper, our guide has just the audition for you.

Looking for dancers? Please send audition opportunities to lwingenroth@dancemedia.com.


MYSTIC BALLET

Mystic Ballet Seeks Contemporary Male Dancers with Strong Technique and Experience with Improvisation for the Season 18/19

Accepting Online Audition applications, learn how to apply: http://mysticballet.org/about-mb/audition/


Deadline for submission of application: May 1, 2018
Please note that your application will only be taken into consideration if the application contains all the required information and if you have applied within the deadline.

Your application must contain:

a video reel (Youtube or Vimeo links)

CV (pdf or word doc)

Headshot (jpg or pdf)


We will send an email, with notification and relevant information if you have been invited to participate in a private company audition.

Where: The company's audition will take place in our studios in Stonington, CT USA.
To Apply: complete the application form here: http://mysticballet.org/audition-form/

NOTE! The audition is free – please don't send any payments when prompted upon submitting application.
For more information about Mystic Ballet, see our website: www.mysticballet.org


Mystic Ballet is Looking for Male and Female dancers for:

Mystic Ballet's MB 2 – Training program 2018-2019 Season
To learn more: http://mysticballet.org/mb-study/mb2-trainee-program/


Mystic Ballet's Summer Intensive July 16 – August 13
To learn more: http://mysticballet.org/mb-study/mb-summer-intensive/

Live Auditions:
NYC (Feb 18, March 31, April 8)

Paris (Feb 24)

London (Feb 25)

Accepting Online Auditions and Live Audition Registration, to apply: http://mysticballet.org/about-mb/audition/


Deadline for application: 2 days prior to live audition, and for Online Auditions May 1.


Please note that your application will only be taken into consideration if the application contains all the required information and if you have applied within the deadline.

Your application must contain:

  • a video reel (Youtube or Vimeo links)
  • CV (pdf or word doc)
  • Headshot (jpg or pdf)

Learn more about Mystic Ballet at: www.mysticballet.org


AUDITION FOR A MALE DANCER
JANUARY 20TH 20 AT 12pm
Fondazione Egri per la Danza
Via G.B. Vico 11 - Torino

The Company EgriBiancoDanza is looking for a new male dancer, for immediate
engagement until July 2018. Possibility of contract renewal for the
2018/2019 season. It is required a solid classical base and knowledge of
contemporary dance.
The EgriBiancoDanza Company, directed by Susanna Egri and Raphael Bianco,
was founded in Turin in 1999. The EgriBiancoDanza Company distinguished
itself, in recent years, for the creations of Raphael Bianco, for their
social and spiritual value, for their excellence and versatility that
allowed to meet the favor of the public and critics, and to be established
as one of the most interesting realities within the Italian dance companies.
The EgriBiancoDanza Company gives life to the fundamental principles on
which the Egri Foundation for Dance is based: training, promotion and
diffusion of choreography in Italy and abroad. The company consists of
dancers from high-level professional experiences and has a solid repertoire
ranging from neoclassical ballet to contemporary dance. His choreographic
style brings together a solid academic base for the dynamic varieties of
today's choreographic creation.

When: January 20th at 12pm
Where: Fondazione Egri per la Danza. Via G.B. Vico 11- Turin
SEND CV + 3 PHOTOS (at least 1 on stage) to:
direzione.artistica@egridanza.com
Info: +39 366 4308040 / www.egridanza.com




Smuin Contemporary American Ballet

Company Audition: 2018/19 Season

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Academy of Ballet
2121 Market Street, San Francisco

1:00 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 in subject line (i.e. Tina Ballerina/audition).

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

A staple of the San Francisco dance community for more than 20 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 (choreographer in residence), Jiří Kylián, Trey McIntyre, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Helen Pickett, Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Garrett Ammon, Adam Hougland, Darrell Grand Moultrie and others.


Ballet des Amériques Summer Intensive Audition

Summer Intensive - 4-week program - July 30th - August 24

Summer Registration Fee: $30

Arts & Crafts Materials: $50

Elementary - Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: $1,650

Intermediate - Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: $1,650

Intermediate/Advanced - Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: $1,650

Classes and workshops in: ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, répertoire, partnering, modern dance, modern jazz, barre au sol, music and voice, ballet terminology (French), dance history, acting, arts and crafts, folkloric dance, stage makeup. Each week there will be Master Classes taught by renowned guest teachers, and the program will culminate in a performance at the end of August.

Participation in our summer program is by audition only. Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, February 10th 2018, from 10am to 1pm at our studios at 16 King Street in Port Chester, NY.
Please call for details 646-753-0457 or email admin@balletdesameriques.com to register for the audition.

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



Company Auditions for the 2018-2019 Season

Charlottesville Ballet announces its open audition for the professional company to take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:00pm. Positions available include Company Artist, Apprenticeships, and participation in the 2018-2019 Trainee Program. Dancers should bring a prepared folder with a head shot, dance image of choice, and resume. There is a $5 fee registration fee. Auditions by Company Class are also available. Please see website for more information.

Audition Location: Charlottesville Ballet Studios | 1885 Seminole Trail in Charlottesville, VA

Website: www.charlottesvilleballet.org/event/companyaudition/



GREGORY HANCOCK DANCE THEATRE
COMPANY AUDITIONS


Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, located in Indianapolis, Indiana is seeking male and female dancers for company positions, guest work, and apprenticeships for its 2018-2019 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 13, 2018 12:30-2:00pm

Saturday, March 3, 2018 11:30-1:00pm

Saturday, April 7, 2018 12:30-2:00pm

All auditions will be held at:

The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
329 Gradle Dr. Carmel, IN 46032
Registration begins 30 minutes prior to audition time

Audition fee: $20

Email auditions.ghdt@gmail.com to register

Audition will include ballet barre, modern 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 for an audition, please email auditions.ghdt@gmail.com.



Us International Ballet - USIB (www.usinternationalballet.com) announces auditions for 2018-2019 season in partnership with the Summer Course Piacenza Art Ballet.


The Us International Ballet (USIB) is leading the American waive of bringing health and diversity to ballet. Dancers are chosen for passion and talent, never for a specific body type. Trainees are guaranteed a professional contract at end of trainee period! We are a resident Company of the magnificent Wilson Center (Wilmington NC) and we guarantee a multi-city tour. The Wilson Center is a state of the art 1500 seat state of the art theater.


Executive Director Elizabeth Hester, and Artistic Directors Ines Albertini & Walter Angelini are auditioning male and female dancers for trainees and professional positions for the 2018-2019 season. To learn more about USIB visit www.usinternationalballet.com


USIB Artistic Directors Ines Albertini & Walter Angelini also direct the Piacenza Art Ballet Summer Course in Italy. The Summer Course starts 2 July and finishes 21 July 2018, for a total of three weeks. Highly professional and experienced teachers are available to the pupils for three unforgettable weeks (to learn about the 2018 Faculty visit www.piacenzartballet.org). The students' day lasts a total of 6 hours with the study of Ballet every day and alternately classes of Repertoire, Character, Contemporary, Modern-Lyrical and Body Conditioning/Pilates. The organization provide housing and tutors. US International Ballet offers a unique opportunity to dancers to dance for the summer in Italy and gain a professional season contract in the U.S. Dancers (18 years old and up) who are accepted and attend the Piacenza Art Ballet 2018 Summer Course will automatically be offered a trainee contract with the US International Ballet.



VIDEO AUDITION AND PRIVATE AUDITION ACCEPTED. Please email to company manager Christina Iv at usinternationalballet@gmail.com for more info. You can fill the registration form by clicking here (link http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-3279619/US-INTERNATIONAL-BALLET-AUDITION-FORM) . Please note video audition are accepted in the order they are received.


AUDITION LOCATIONS
Please fill the registration form by clicking here (link http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-3279619/US-INTERNATIONAL-BALLET-AUDITION-FORM)

  • Santa Monica CA - February 4th 2018
Westside Ballet, 1709 Stewart St, Santa Monica
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm REGISTRATION
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm MASTER CLASS


More locations coming soon!




PDX Contemporary Ballet 2018 Summer Intensive!

June 11th-22nd
Center for Movement Arts
1743 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR

Only Video Auditions will be accepted

Please submit
-headshot
-resume
-dance photo of your choice
-video (ballet and contemporary footage, not more than 10 minutes)
-$5 registration fee

Audition deadline is March 1st

For more info visit our website at
http://www.pdxcb.com/summer-intensive/

Email info@pdxcb.com with any questions



Audition for Ballett der Oper Graz

We are looking for male and female dancers with several years of professional stage experience to be members of Ballett der Oper Graz – Direktorin Beate Vollack – fixed contract from 20th August 2018.

Desired are dance performers with a varied movement repertoire (classical basis, ladies with elaborate technique on pointe), musicality and open-mindedness for different rooms, styles and genres.

Applications

Please send applications only by e-mail to auditions.dancers@oper-graz.com by 28th January 2018 with the following documents: detailed curriculum vitae in tabular form with information on training, professional experience, productions, age, height, nationality and language skills plus one or more current dance photos (whole body) and a portrait.
Please enter your name and the note "Application Dance Company" in the subject line of the e-mail. (Example: subject: application ballet: Karla Muster)

Dates

Invitations / cancellations as well as further information for the audition will be made by mid -February 2018.

The Audition will take place on Sunday, 18th March 2018 at 11:00 in the Studio at the Oper Graz, Kaiser-Josef-Platz 10, 8010 Graz, Austria. Registration starts at 9:00!

https://www.oper-graz.com/




AUDITIONS ROYAL BALLET FLANDERS
3-4 March, Antwerp (Belgium).

Royal Ballet Flanders, under the artistic directorship of Mr Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is organising auditions for the 2018-2019 season.

Royal Ballet Flanders is looking for professional dancers (aged 18-32, min. female length 163 cm, min. male length 170 cm) with a high level in both classical and contemporary repertoire, who are versatile, open-minded and excited to join a creative environment under the aegis of artistic director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Send required material before deadline January 31st in an accessible manner
° CV;
° short bio and motivation why you wish to be part of RBF;
° 3 pictures: a portrait, a frontal full body with visible contours and an arabesque picture;

° showreel/video-links of two variations: a variation that represents a classical ballet technique (on pointes for women) ànd a variation (perhaps with a partner) that represents a contemporary technique


Selected candidates will be notified in person. Participation by invitation only.

Find all details on how to apply on https://operaballet.be/en/the-house/hiring/auditions


Charlotte Ballet's 2018/2019 Season Company Dancer Audition will take place on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at noon in The Ailey Studios, The Joan Weill Center for Dance (405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue New York, NY 10019). Registration begins at 11 AM.Please arrive with a resume and head shot and be prepared to fill out and turn in the audition form. There is a $20 application fee payable by cash or credit card. A world-class repertory dance ensemble, Charlotte Ballet performs a wide variety of classical and contemporary dance with a firm commitment to cutting-edge commissions, ensuring a vibrant and challenging repertoire for statewide and national audiences. Auditions are intended for dancers who have trained in both classical and contemporary dance disciplines. Charlotte Ballet is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse company and therefore encourages all dancers of ethnic minorities to audition.

If you are unable to attend the in-person audition on February 4, 2018, we welcome dancers to submit online applications. Please visit https://app.getacceptd.com/charlotteballet for more information. Contact AUDITIONS@CHARLOTTEBALLET.ORG with any questions. Please note, your application will not be reviewed until we receive all requested materials.

For more information, visit http://charlotteballet.org/about/auditions-careers/


Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT) seeks MALE and FEMALE company members and performing apprentices for the 2018 season featuring premieres from Joshua Ishmon (2017 CDF Lab Artist Award), Nejla Yatkin (Princess Grace Foundation Award, 3 Arts Award and Dance Magazine top 25 to watch) and Artistic Director, Wilfredo Rivera, in collaboration with Noelle Kayser. The season consists of 15 performances across Chicago and culminates in 6 performances over three weekends at three landmark Chicago venues.

***Audition is by invitation only. To be considered, please submit resume, headshot and relevant video links by Friday, January. 19th: Wilfredo@CerquaRivera.org


Ballet Palm Beach seeks classically-trained male and female company members and trainees for the 2018/2019 season.
Males seeking company positions must be 5'7- 6′
Apply by Feb 1 to company@balletpalmbeach.org with:
1) CV/ Resume detailing personal background, height, dance experience. and training
2) A letter of recommendation from previous employer or ballet instructor and/or list of 3 references
3) Head shot and photo of 1st arabesque, profile (en pointe for ladies).
4) Link to a video of classical work and/or variation. (optional: additional contemporary or modern work/variation is also encouraged)
Selected dancers will be invited to Ballet Palm Beach's audition on Feb 3, 2018 at 10am-12pmPlease call 561.630.8235 for more information or visit balletpalmbeach.orgThere are no processing/audition fees for applications submitted on or before Feb 1.


PDX Contemporary Ballet is seeking males and females who are well versed in ballet and contemporary technique. Females must have strong pointe technique.
When and Where
June 23, 2018 at Center for Movement Arts 1734 SE 12th ave Portland, OR

Video auditions will also be accepted.

Please Submit
-resume
-headshot
-2 dance photos of your choice
-$15 registration fee

For more information visit our website at
http://www.pdxcb.com/company-audition/

Email info@pdxcb.com with any questions.


The Ballet Company of Comic Opera for Children Audition

Audition for professional Male and Female dancers for the second part of the 2017/2018 season

The Ballet Company of Comic Opera for Children is seeking male and female dancersto join the ballet company for the 2017-2018 season, with a strong classical technique.

Requirements:

Ladies: 18-28 years old, height 1.63-1.70 m

Gentlemen: 18-28 years old, height 1.75-1.85 m

This audition is by invitation only.

To apply:

Please email your resume, photos, as well as video links (ladies on pointe) at baletoperacomica@gmail.com with Audition in subject line.

Your full resume must contain: your age, height, weight, nationality, as well as recent photos such as head shot and full body shot in classical ballet poses.

The audition will comprise a full ballet classand a classical variation

When:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Where:

Calea Giuleşti, Nr.16, Bucharest, Romania

Deadline for applications: 10.01.2018

All appliers will receive an email response within one week of submission.

We are looking forward to your application.

About Comic Opera for Children

The Comic Opera for Children started its activity in 1998, initially launched as an independent company, which proved to be a unique and original "voice" in the Romanian artistic landscape as well as internationally. Nowhere in the world there is such an ensemble, the institution fulfilling both a cultural-artistic and educational role. Since 2003, the Comic Opera for Children has become a public institution under the subordination of the City Hall, and since 2014 it is run by soprano Felicia Filip.


Training for Professional Careers in Ballet

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.

Admission to BAE is by audition. Audition dates for the 2018 Summer Intensive are:

March 10th, 2018
May 6th, 2018

All potential students must fill out the audition application, and will receive an e-mail response within one week of submission. If the applicant is invited to audition, a fee of $25.00 will be processed. Please fill out the audition application by following the link http://balletacademyeast.com/summer-intensive/.

Please make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned audition time, so we can give you a name tag and collect any additional information we may need from you.

Female students attending the audition should be dressed in a solid color leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers (and pointe shoes, if applicable).

Male students should be dressed in a white shirt and black tights, with black or white ballet slippers.




Avant Chamber Ballet seeks classically trained men and women for the 2018-2019 season in Dallas TX. ACB repertoire includes classical to contemporary works with a contract from late Sept to early May. Dancers are paid per production based on experience and women are provided pointe shoes. Both full company and apprentice positions are available.

Cost is $25. Please bring resume, head shot and full-body dance photo. Women will need pointe shoes. Training in the Balanchine technique is a plus.

March 10, 230-5pm

NYC NY

Gibney Studios

Registration starts at 2pm

April 15, 3-5pm

Dallas Tx

Park Cities Studios

Registration starts at 2:30pm

For more information, email info@avantchamberballet.org


Syracuse City Ballet is seeking versatile, classically trained male & female dancers for the 2018/2019 performance season.

Apprentice & Resident Dancer positions available. These are part-time positions.

Syracuse City Ballet is a regional ballet company with a full season featuring opportunities to perform classical, neoclassical, and contemporary repertoire, as well as being involved in Outreach Oportunties

Open Audition will include excerpts of ballet class, SCB repertoire, and interviews for specific candidates

Headshot, resume, and full-body dance photo required at time of audition.

Video should be submitted prior to audition date.

All participants must pre-register at www.SyracuseCityBallet.com

$15 audition fee due at time of registration

932 Spencer St., Syracuse, NY 13204 / 315-487-4879 / info@syracusecityballet.com



NBC's new hit show WORLD OF DANCE is casting for Season 2! NBC, Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez, and the premiere dance brand, World of Dance, are bringing you the second season of the world's biggest dance series. The show will feature the most talented and innovative dancers of all styles and ages from across the entire globe.Open to soloists, duos, trios, and groups, the best dancers on the planet will hit the stage to battle it out for ONE MILLION DOLLARS! Top qualifiers in four divisions; Junior, Upper, Junior Team, and Team will go head to head on their quest to win it all!In the end - only one act can be crowned BEST IN THE WORLD. Visit www.worldofdancecasting.com




The Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC is now accepting audition applications for the KAB Junior Company, beginning in September of 2017.

The KAB Junior Company is designed to prepare dancers who have received a high school diploma for a professional career in dance. However, members of the Junior Company are trained specifically to meet the requirements of a professional company. KAB Junior Company life includes daily ballet classes and rehearsals.

The Junior Company is invited to perform at various local venues, to participate in Educational Outreach performances throughout the community, and to perform in international performances. Company members may also be selected to perform with the Universal Ballet Company in Korea.

Throughout the two-year program, the company will provide dancers with the skills necessary to succeed in the highly competitive field of dance. Dancers learn how to prepare for auditions, network, write, and communicate effectively. As a rule, the Junior Company is open to enrollment for newly graduated students or older students up to the age of 21.

KAB Junior Ballet Company Information:

Video audition

Audition for KAB Junior Company are by video only

Video audition should include 2 variations of your choice from either performance or rehearsal

Audition Fee $45 (A paypal link will be sent after video is received.)

Email audition video to ben@kabdc.org

Please include Name and Age of Dancer and contact phone number.

Tuition per year: $6,600


COMMERCIAL DANCE COMPANY AUDITIONS

"Dance Spectacular Productions" is currently accepting video submissions for 2017 local performances & national tours. DSP is a commercial dance company that performs worldwide for Corporate Events, State Fairs, Military Bases, Resorts, Casinos & Special Events. This is a family-oriented variety song & dance show with technically trained dancers & singers performing all genres of music including Country, 50's, 80's Rock, Motown, Broadway, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Patriotic & Current Hits.

Tired of auditioning? Audition once for us and we will provide on-going work throughout the year. Most company members have a flexible part-time job. Full-time and part-time positions available.

REQUIREMENTS:

• Female

• Proficient in Jazz

• Excellent stage presence/personality

• No Visible Tattoos/piercings

• Talent must live close to Carol Stream, IL. You will be commuting to Carol Stream

for rehearsals.

• Must be a Team Player

VIDEO SUBMISSION:

• Applicants should demonstrate: clean double/triple pirouette, calypso, splitz

(right, left, center), kicks, leaps and a simple jazz routine.

• Headshots/Bodyshots (photos must be recent).

• In your video, tell us something fun about yourself & why you would like to become a DSP company member.

• Resume

• Audition materials should be submitted to HBDancers@comcast.net.

For more information on "DANCE Spectacular Productions" please visit

www.DanceSpectacularProductions.com or call us at (630)863-2623.

Megan Fairchild in Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering. PC Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB

From the minute my journey as a dancer began at age 4, there were no other options of what I might do with my life.

Sure, I tried other "after-school activities." I tried desperately to master The Phantom of the Opera with my squeaky violin rental—a headache for my parents who paid for private Suzuki method lessons at our house. Constantly attempting famous show tunes on my violin, the effort was completely futile. I actually remember thinking, 'Surely this sheet music is wrong, this sounds nothing like the Phantom of the Opera.'

I even tried my hand at gymnastics. But when my mom's brilliant bribery of $100 for my first mastery of a kip or a back handspring didn't produce any results, we quickly threw in the towel.

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Dancers & Companies
Lopez in Circus Polka. PC Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy MCB

When Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez was a principal dancer at New York City Ballet, she missed her opportunity to honor Jerome Robbins onstage. "Every time there was a celebration for Jerry, I was either injured or had just retired," says Lopez. "I was never able to publicly thank him onstage for all that he taught us and the beauty he left us."

But when Lopez was planning MCB's Jerome Robbins Celebration for the 100th anniversary of the legend's birth, she saw an opportunity. She asked the Robbins Trust to allow her to perform the Ringmaster in Robbins' Circus Polka, a role the choreographer originated himself.

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Breaking Stereotypes
Ash in Rochester, NY. PC Thaler Photography by Arleen and Daryl Thaler for the Swan Dreams Project

Growing up in inner city Rochester, NY, Aesha Ash was just one of the neighborhood kids. She'd imagine people driving by, judging her by her black skin.

"They'd never know that I was dreaming of becoming a professional ballet dancer. No one would think, Some day she's going to make it into New York City Ballet," says Ash.

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 swandreamsproject.org

In 2011, she launched the Swan Dreams Project to inspire kids in the community she grew up in. The original idea was to post images of herself in a tutu all over Rochester. "I remember growing up and in the bodega you'd see images of girls in bikinis on motorbikes," says Ash. "I wanted to replace those with photos that show women of color in a different light."

She knew the power imagery can have: She still remembers what it felt like as a student at the School of American Ballet to see a photo of black ballet dancer Andrea Long. "That image was everything on days when I was feeling disenchanted. I'd see that picture of her, and know that the struggles I was going through, she went through them, too."

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 swandreamsproject.org.

Training
Sylvie Guillem, via 1843magazine.com

Ever find yourself lusting after that six o'clock penché, or a développé that will reach your nose? You're not alone. The eye is naturally drawn to the end points of a movement, and, in dance, that often translates to the highest extension.

But what if you're born without extreme, Instagram-worthy lines? It's a matter of developing a laser focus on alignment as well as strengthening and stretching with better body mechanics in mind.

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Dance As Activism
Matthew Neenan used images of silencing and control in let mortal tongues awake. Photo by Bill Herbert.

From coast to coast, choreographers have spent the first year of Donald Trump's presidency responding to the impact of his election and what it means for them as artists.

New York City's Dante Brown used rubber Trump masks in his work Package (revamped), which examines the monstrosities of power.

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.

In San Francisco, choreographer Margaret Jenkins facilitated a panel of artists about the role of activism within their work.

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Courtesy of The Beautiful Mind Series

When London-based perfume company The Beautiful Mind Series was looking for a collaborator for their next scent, they skipped the usual celebrity set and brought in prima ballerina Polina Semionova instead. "I was fascinated by what goes on in the mind of a great dancer," perfumer Geza Schoen said in a press release. Semionova's ballet-inspired scent, Precision & Grace, celebrates the intelligence and beauty behind her craft.

Courtesy of The Beautiful Mind Series

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In The Studio
Abraham.In.Motion performing "Drive." Photo by Ian Douglas.

The ever-so-busy Kyle Abraham is back in New York City for a brief visit with his company Abraham.In.Motion as they prepare for an exciting spring season of new endeavors with some surprising guests. The company will be debuting a new program at The Joyce Theater on May 1, that will include two new pieces from Abraham, restaged works by Doug Varone and Bebe Miller, and a world premiere from Andrea Miller. Talk about an exciting line-up!

We caught up with Abraham during a recent rehearsal where he revealed what he is tired of hearing in the dance community.

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News
Tero Saarinen's Morphed. Photo by Darya Popova, Courtesy Helene Davis Public Relations

Choreographer Tero Saarinen has a proclivity for the peculiar—and for epic orchestral music. That he should be commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to create a new dance work to accompany the U.S. premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Cello Concerto en forme de pas de trois only makes sense. Zimmermann's eerie, difficult-to-classify composition falls squarely in Saarinen's wheelhouse. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Jan. 19–21. laphil.com.


Rant & Rave
PC Break the Floor

Two competition routines are equal in technical proficiency, artistry and choreography. One consists of all girls, the other includes a boy. Guess which takes home first prize?

If you guessed the one with the boy, you may be privy to an unspoken and much-debated phenomenon in the competition dance world: The Boy Factor. According to The Boy Factor, a competitive piece is more likely to win if there's a boy in it.

"If it's all technically equal and one group is all girls and the other group has a boy, the one with the boy will win," says Rysa Childress, owner of All Star Studios in Forest Hills, New York. "Boy soloists are sometimes scored higher than more technically proficient girls because if a boy has good stage presence, we let him slide," says an anonymous competition judge. "And most of the feedback will be for the boy."

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Roberto Bolle and Kenall Jenner on set. Photo via tods.com

I'll never forget something Roberto Bolle once told me when I was interviewing him about his workout regimen: Talking about how much he loved to swim, he said, "I would love to go in the Italian sea, but I am too well-known there to show up in my suit."

It always amused and kinda shocked me that a ballet dancer could reach that level of fame. But it's true: In his native Italy, Bolle is a bonafide celerity.

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