Cullberg Ballet in Jefta van Dinther's Protagonist. Photo by Urban Jörén, Courtesy Cullberg Ballet

Spring performance season is in full swing! Here are three programs taking ballet off the beaten path.

Cullberg Ballet Celebrates 50 Years of Drama

As it embarks on its 50th-anniversary season, Cullberg Ballet remains a beacon of European contemporary dance. Influenced by Kurt Jooss, founder Birgit Cullberg revolutionized ballet in Sweden and beyond, bringing literary and dramatic themes to her Stockholm-based company. Her son, the legendary Mats Ek, took the helm from 1985 to 1993. For the anniversary celebration, the company has planned a double bill, with Ek and Ana Laguna (his wife and muse) staging Cullberg's 1968 Eurydice is Dead, set to music by Ennio Morricone, and young Dutch/Swedish choreographer Jefta van Dinther's Protagonist (2016), to a score including songs by Elias. Dansens Hus, April 27–29.

Canada's Epic Birthday Bash

Ballet BC's Alexis Fletcher. Photo by Michael Slobodian, Courtesy Ballet BC.

To celebrate Canada's 150th, the National Ballet of Canada, Alberta Ballet and Ballet BC are joining forces. ENCOUNT3RS, commissioned by the National Arts Centre, will feature brand-new works by Guillaume Côté, Jean Grand-Maître and Emily Molnar, with composers Kevin Lau, Andrew Staniland and Nicole Lizée, respectively. April 20–22.

Bots at the Ballet

Flobots and the dancers of Wonderbound. Photo by Amanda Tipton, Courtesy Wonderbound.

Denver contemporary ballet company Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) has become something of a hub for collaborations in the Mile High City. They first performed to live, local music in 2011, and have since dedicated nearly every new work to hands-on experimentation with musicians in genres ranging from Baroque to rock. This April, with artistic director Garrett Ammon's ballet DIVISIONS, they foray into the hip-hop world. The piece will celebrate the release of the Flobots' new album, NOENEMIES, serving as the starting point for the band's national tour. April 14–16, 22–23, 29–30.

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Lili Cockerille Livingston danced with the Harkness Ballet from 1964 to 69 and then with the Joffrey Ballet until 1972, when she left to perform in the Broadway show Via Gallactica. As a child, Livingston had been one of the first Claras in the U.S. Nutcracker, as staged by Freddie Franklin and Alexandra Fedorova.

Anna Kisselgoff's New York Times review of the Joffrey Ballet in 1970 wrote:

"Miss Cockerille, stepping into the role of the heroine in Todd Bolender's 'The Still Point' triumphed totally in the dramatic intensity she brought to what could have been a merely sketched‐out characterization…. Fine in her dancing, Miss Cockerille was even more impressive in that special air of fragility and shattered sensibility that she sustained throughout her performance."

After moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lili became Dance Critic for the Tulsa Tribune and freelance contributor to Dance Magazine.

In 1997, University of Oklahoma published her book "American Indian Ballerinas," a biography of Maria Tallchief, Marjorie Tallchief, Rosella Hightower and Yvonne Chouteau.

Marcelo Angelini, artistic director of Tulsa Ballet called her a "true dance reviewer, who gave constructive criticism, who wrote for the love of dance and not to boost their ego."Tulsa Ballet's managing director Scott Black announced before the curtain last Friday that the performance was dedicated to Livingston.





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

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Inlet Dance Theatre's Audition for the 2017-18 Season
June 14-16, 2017 The Idea Center @ PlayhouseSquare,Cleveland, Ohio
For Trainee, Protégé, Apprentice and Company B positionsFor male and female dancers 18 & up
Inlet Dance Theatre will be holding auditions for our upcoming 2017-2018 season. We are looking for professionals and students who are teachable and able to assimilate into our organizational culture and aesthetic. Inlet is a modern dance company with a technical base grounded in Hawkins-based release technique, Pilobolus-based nontraditional partnering, and a collaborative creative process that relies on improvisation skills. Inlet is equally strong in education programming as it is in performing concert and special event work. The company seeks highly skilled dance artists with a desire to educate as well as perform.
Inlet Dance Theatre employs a "get to know you" approach to auditions. We are looking to determine fit with Inlet's culture and aesthetic, as well as create an opportunity for you to see if Inlet's programming and culture is a good fit for you. There is no need to prepare a solo for the audition, as the Company Members will lead you through the various components of the audition.
Optional activities during the audition process include experiencing Inlet's Inflow and Outflow Education programs, as well as observing company rehearsal.
To learn more about Inlet Dance Theatre, please visit us at
To register for the audition, download and complete the application form found at Send completed application form to BEFORE JUNE 10, 2017
Audition Schedule *subject to changeJune 14-16, 2017 Wednesday: Audition Day 19:00am – 3:00 pm: Company Class, Nontraditional Partnering, Improvisation, Inlet Repertory
Thursday: Audition Day 29:00am – 2:00pm: Company Class, Inlet Repertory, Q & A2:00pm-3:00pm (optional)- Join in the last class of the Summer Dance Intensive
Friday: (optional)9:00am – 3:00pm: Join in the Summer Dance Intensive classes and rehearsals, watch the Company perform a mini concert for students
Auditioning students are strongly encouraged to attend Inlet's Summer Dance Intensive '17 in preparation for the 2017-18 season.

The School of Performing Arts

Thursday, May 18

7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

The School of Performing Arts' Naperville Studios

1112 S. Washington St., Naperville

The School of Performing Arts announces auditions for its summer mainstage musical, Urinetown. Open to high school and college students, auditions will be held7:30 to 10 pm, Thursday, May 18 at The School of Performing Arts' Naperville studios, 1112 S. Washington St., Naperville. To schedule an audition, Performers unavailable to audition in-person may submit an audition form and video by May 17 For additional information, including audition requirements, visit or call The School of Performing Arts at (630) 717-6622.

Paul Taylor is seeking a male dancer to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The successful candidate will join the world class company, performing original choreography by Paul Taylor, masterworks from Mr. Taylor's vast repertory, masterworks by other legendary choreographers, and be created on by some of today's most exciting new choreographers. Paul Taylor Dance Company tours throughout the world and has an annual season in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The job entails year-round employment with competitive compensation including health insurance and a 401k match.
Auditions will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 starting at 8:00AM with callbacks that afternoon. Final callbacks will be held the morning of Sunday, June 18, 2017. You must be available for both dates, no exceptions will be made. All auditions will be held at the Paul Taylor Studios - 551 Grand Street, Top Floor, New York, NY 10002.
Audition is for immediate employment.
To register for an audition time please visit

Ballet Quad Cities, located in Rock Island IL, seeks male and female dancers with strong ballet technique and contemporary ability for a 28-week contact for the 2017/18 season. Now celebrating its 20th season, BQC offers dynamic, innovative new choreographic works, traditional theatrical classics, site-specific performances, live music, touring and extensive community outreach programs. To be considered for an audition, please send resume, headshot and full body shot with an online link to recent classical and contemporary works to Artistic Director Courtney Lyon

PDX Contemporary Ballet is seeking male and female dancers for their 2017-2018 season.

Both in person and online/video submissions are being accepted.

Dancers must have strong ballet and contemporary technique. Pointe work is required for females.

All out of state dancers please email BEFORE completing registration!

In Person Audition

June 17, 2017

Center for Movements Arts

1734 SE 12th Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97214

Check in from 3:00-3:30 pm

Class and Rep 3:30-6:30 pm (ladies please bring your pointe shoes)

Dancers must be 18 years and older

Please submit a resume, headshot, and one or two photos of your choice to prior to the audition

$15 dollar registration fee online or $20 dollar registration at the door


Online/Video Submissions

If you cannot attend the audition but are still interested in the company, you may submit an online audition.

Please email a resume, headshot, one or two photos and a video (no longer than 10 minutes) to and submit payment below.


Deadline for video submissions is June 17th, 2017

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

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

Tuition per year: $6,600


"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.


• 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


• 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

For more information on "DANCE Spectacular Productions" please visit or call us at (630)863-2623.

Cirque du Soleil is seeking professional dancers for its current shows and upcoming creations.

The Casting team will be hosting open auditions in Phoenix (Arizona, USA) on Friday May 5, 2017, for the following disciplines:


All candidates must arrive at 8:00 a.m. to register (candidates who arrive after 9 a.m. will not be admitted). Auditions will begin at 9 a.m. and end around 6:00 p.m. We recommend you bring your own drinks and snacks to the auditions.

Callback sessions: Saturday May 6, 2017.

The auditions will take place at:

Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd Street, Room 128 AB
Phoenix, Arizona 850004


Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the time of the auditions.

Important information to attend the auditions:

In addition to learning a series of challenging combinations, dancers should be prepared to perform their own two-minute piece;

Click here to download the Audition Registration Form. We ask you to complete the top part, carefully read the second and third parts and sign it. It is essential that you bring a printed and signed copy to the auditions;

Please bring music, a photo and résumé;

Appropriate dance attire required;

Women, please bring heels (you should be ready to perform some combinations in heels);

Please do not wear shoes with dark soles, as these may damage the floors.

Please note that:

Cirque du Soleil will not pay for any expenses incurred by candidates attending the auditions;

These are general auditions for all roles in our current shows and upcoming creations. Candidates who successfully pass the auditions will become part of our database of potential artists for future casting calls—we do not offer contracts at the auditions.

Since these are open auditions, DO NOT APPLY ONLINE. If you cannot attend the auditions, please click here to view our job openings and send a complete application that will be evaluated by one of our talent scouts.

Questions? Please email us at:

We can't wait to discover your talent! Thank you for your interest in Cirque du Soleil.

Martha Graham Dance Company will hold Auditions, May 6-7, 2017.

For more information about the Pre-Audition Workshop, please click here.

The Martha Graham Dance Company is seeking strong dancers with a broad range of current performance techniques, ballet as well as the Graham Technique. The Company guarantees 30 weeks of work per year to its core group of dancers. Dancers of the Graham Company are members of the American Guild of Musical Artists AFL-CIO. You must register to guarantee a place at the audition.

NOTE: Dancers must be performance-ready and available immediately for international travel with no passport or visa restrictions to perform in the US or abroad.

Registration Fee: $25 (non-refundable)

Registration fee is not required for current members of AGMA

Registration fee is not required for participants in the Pre-Audition Workshop

Pre-Register by by 11:59pm on May 5 to guarantee a space at the audition. Admission at the door will be limited to space availability.



WOMEN: Hiring women at AGMA apprentice level or level appropriate to experience.

Must be experienced in a range of current dance techniques, ballet as well as have some experience in the Martha Graham Technique.

Must be available for rehearsals beginning July 1, 2017 and for international travel with no passport or visa restrictions.

Dancers should arrive warmed-up, hair tied back completely, in dancewear without baggy warm-up clothes. Light make-up is recommended.

MEN: Hiring men at AGMA apprentice level or level appropriate to experience.

Height: 5'11"or taller.

Must be experienced in a range of current dance techniques, ballet as well as have some experience in the Martha Graham Technique.

Must be available for rehearsals beginning July 1, 2017 and for international travel with no passport or visa restrictions.

All dancers should be warmed-up, with long hair tied back and in dancewear without baggy warm-up clothes.


For additional information contact Tadej Brdnik:, with subject 2017 AUDITION

Mystic Ballet and Mystic Ballet 2 2017-2018 Seasons

Visit for audition requirements and info about Mystic Ballet located in Mystic, Connecticut
Mystic Ballet is seeking versatile male and female dancers trained classically but with extensive contemporary dance experience for the 2017-18 season.
Contracts are up to 46 weeks starting mid-July of 2017, with a full and diverse performance (30+ performances) season including touring. The season is based on existing MB repertoire and the creation of new works. Competitive salary based on experience and merit, includes benefits.

Mystic Ballet pushes the envelope of contemporary dance by injecting its performances with its distinct TIC style, fusing it's unique contemporary repertoire with conceptual artistry, extreme expression, and state of the art special effects.

Mystic Ballet2 is for dancers with a solid classical training background, yet a defined interest and direction toward individualism and open minded artistic expression.
Mystic Ballet2 is an apprenticeship – training program, and is MB company's breeding ground. It is suited only for dancers who are ready to leave a student mentality, and use their previous structural classical training just as tool in their further development. It is for dancers who are willing to explore an unframed creative process and challenge themselves to grow into unique artists. Dancers are working on mastering MB's unique TIC technique, developing quality and depth of movement and applying the same to feed their artistic expression through MB distinctive style and choreography. Only merit and work based scholarships are available. For selected MB2 dancers per diem and/or performance stipends are available.
The season is 46 weeks starting mid-July of 2017. The production seasons are repertory based, as well as the creation of new works with opportunities for national and international touring with Mystic Ballet company.


April 1, 2017

Steps on Broadway

2121 Broadway at 74th St. NY 10023


Audition 5:30-8:30pm


April 7, 2017

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH


Audition 13:45- 16:45 (1:45-4:45pm)


April 8, 2017

The Place

16 Flaxman Terrace, London WC1H 9AT


Audition 16:00-19:00 (4:00-7:00pm)


April 9, 2017

ÉLÉPHANTPANAME Centre d'art et de Danse

10, rue Volney, 75002 PARIS


Audition 16:00-19:00


April 15, 2017

BDC- Barcelona Dance Center

1.Maria Barrientos 18-20, 08028, Barcelona


Audition: 11:00 – 14:00 (11:00am – 2:00pm)


April 18, 2017

Area Dance

Via G.B. Cassinis 33 – Milano MM3 Porto di Mare


Audition: 17:30-20:30 (5:30-8:30pm)


April 21, 2017

Centro Opus Ballet

Via Ugo Foscolo, 6, 50124 Firenze, Italy


Audition: 19:30-22:30 (7:30 – 10:30pm)


April 22, 2017

Molinari Art Center

Via Antonino Lo Surdo, 51


Audition: 16:00-19:00 (4pm – 7:00pm)

Toronto – CANADA

April 29, 2017

509 Dance – Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater

509 Parliament Street
Toronto, Ontario M4X 1P3

Audition 4:00-7:00pm

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.

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After 65 years of writing reviews that made it seem he lived dance and music, Koegler died on May 11. Fascination with performance came first for him, whereas the arts criticism and journalism that earned him his reputation were subsequent pursuits.

As a boy in pre-World War II Germany, he had played piano promisingly and put on theatricals. His hometown, Neuruppin, was no metropolis, but outings 
to nearby Berlin whetted his appetite for professional artistry. His favorites were the Sisters Hoepfner, a popular balletic duo, and, as noted in the memoir begun toward the end of Koegler’s life, they were Adolf Hitler’s favorites too.


Having to join the Hitler Youth, Koegler was a sorry conscript, often 
absenting himself to play the organ for church. Before graduating school he 
was obliged to enlist in the military and was sent to defend a naval canal—where the British Army captured him. He was treated well and used the English in which he had excelled at school to translate for his German fellow prisoners and their erstwhile foes.

The time Koegler spent away from pianos and organs seems to have doused his 
ambition to become a musician. After peace was declared he enrolled at the University of Kiel and then at East Germany's Theater Institute. Also he wrote his first reviews and was almost expelled from the institute for criticizing productions staged by his teachers. Hired in 1947 as dramaturg by the theater in Görlitz, Koegler directed operas in which he featured dancers even when they weren't explicitly called for. He got away with it—sometimes displaying the dancers topless.

 East German theater had to adhere to Communist dogma, which turned Koegler off. In 1951 he defected to West Berlin. Working initially as a laborer, he was miserable until landing some review assignments. Editors paired him with photographer Siegfried Enkelmann, who advised him to focus on dance, “the coming art form.” Seeing a wide range of dance and talking with those involved, Koegler became knowledgeable.


The time was right: Berlin was bursting with dance. Revelatory was New York 
City Ballet's 1952 visit, which made him a lifelong lover of Balanchine and 
Robbins choreography.

Koegler's personally involved, pithy style caught on. Soon he was not just Berlin's but West Germany's best known dance critic. Traveling to performances near and far and also writing for foreign publications, his reputation spread. From Berlin, Koegler moved to Cologne (1959), spent time in New York (1964), and became music editor and dance critic of The Stuttgart Newspaper, settling in that city (1977) but continuing to roam and publish ubiquitously. Often he was identified as Dance Magazine's longtime German correspondent. In 2001 he started his bilingual, internet koeglerjournal to protest newspapers' diminished dance coverage and the dance press' fascination with difference for difference’s sake.

It was as a champion of “the new and beautiful born from classic precedents” that Koegler saw himself. He disavowed becoming a model and 
mentor for younger critics in the German language sphere. Did he have power? Because of his contacts with choreographers, composers, designers et al., Koegler was consulted, particularly in Germany, and did influence the arts scene.  —George Jackson



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