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2016 Auditions Guide


Whether you're a bunhead or a hip-hopper, our guide has just the audition for you. Choose from dozens of upcoming tryouts for the professional company or training program of your dreams.


Ad Deum Dance Company (P/T)

Houston, TX

Contact: Randall Flinn

713.626.5050

addeumdance@gmail.com

danceaddeum.com

Audition dates: TBD (Houston, TX)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern

Bring: headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Akhmedova Ballet Academy (T)

Silver Spring, MD

Contact: Jacqueline Akhmedova

301.602.8222

akhmedovaballet@gmail.com

akhmedovaballet.org

Audition dates: Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 12 (Silver Spring, MD)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $40

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (P)

New York, NY

212.405.9000

alvinailey.org

Audition date: Apr 25 (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, jazz, modern

Bring: headshot, resumé

American Contemporary Ballet (P/T)

Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Catalina Sis

310.929.5703

acb@acbdances.com

acbdances.com

Audition dates: Mar 6 (New York, NY), Mar 13 (Los Angeles, CA)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, interview, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Videos accepted

American Repertory Ballet (P/T)

New Brunswick, NJ

Contact: Douglas Martin

732.249.1254

dmartin@arballet.org

arballet.org

Audition date: Feb 21 (New York, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, fee TBD

Arch Contemporary Ballet (P/T)

New York, NY

Contact: Felicity D'Ambrough

408.835.0282

arch.ensemble@live.com

archballet.com

Audition dates: Jan 15–18 & May 13–17 (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, contemporary ballet

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $10

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Artifact Dance Project, Inc. (P/T)

Tucson, AZ

Contact: Ashley Bowman

520.235.7638

info@artifactdanceproject.com

artifactdanceproject.org

Audition date: Apr 24 (Tucson, AZ)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ballet, contemporary

Bring: dance photo, resumé

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida (P)

North Miami Beach, FL

Contact: Ruby Issaev

305.948.4777

auditions@artsballettheatre.org

artsballettheatre.org

Audition dates: Jan 23 (Philadelphia, PA), Jan 24 (Washington, DC), Jan 25 (New York, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Videos accepted

AS Ballet New York Ltd. (P/T)

ASBCompaNY

New York, NY

Contact: Sônia Melo

646.580.7311

asbnycompany@gmail.com

asballetny.com

Audition dates: by appointment (New York, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, interview, modern, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education (P/T)

Atlanta Ballet

Atlanta, GA

Contact: Nicole Kedaroe

404.873.5811

education@atlantaballet.com

atlantaballet.com

Audition dates: Jan 17 (San Francisco, CA), Jan 24 (Houston, TX), Jan 31 (Chicago, IL), Feb 7 & Mar 20 (Atlanta, GA), Feb 20 (New York, NY), Feb 28 (Miami, FL)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, contemporary, improvisation, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $30

Videos accepted

Atlantic City Ballet (P)

AC Ballet's International Trainee/Apprentice Program (T)

Atlantic City, NJ

Contact: Alexandria Pieroni

609.348.7201

info@acballet.org

acballet.org

Audition dates: TBD (London, UK; New York, NY; Rome, Italy)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe, (P) partnering

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $30

Videos accepted

BalaSole Dance Company (P)

New York, NY

Contact: Roberto Villanueva

212.252.2462

info@balasoledance.org

balasoledance.org

Audition dates: TBD (New York, NY)

Styles: all genres, including ballet, ethnic, jazz, modern, musical theater, tap

Audition includes: all genres, including ballet, jazz, modern, pointe, tap; prepared solo

Pre-apply

Ballet 5:8 (P/T)

Frankfort, IL

Contact: Amy Sanderson

312.725.4752

info@ballet58.org

ballet58.org

Audition dates: by appointment (Frankfort, IL)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, interview

Bring: completed application, dance photo, headshot, resumé, $30

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Ballet 180 (P/T)

Paoli, PA

Contact: Kelly Murray Farrell

484.639.9571

info@ballet180.org

ballet180.org

Audition date: May 7 (Paoli, PA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern, pointe

Bring: headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Ballet Academy East (T)

New York, NY

Contact: Julia Dubno

212.410.9140

info@baenyc.com

balletacademyeast.com

Audition date: May 14 (New York, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, $20

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Ballet Arizona (P/T)

Phoenix, AZ

Contact: Laura Cadieux

602.343.6518

lcadieux@balletaz.org

balletaz.org

Audition dates: TBD (Phoenix, AZ)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Videos accepted

Ballet Arkansas (P)

Little Rock, AR

Contact: Erin Anson Ellis

501.223.5150

info@balletarkansas.org

balletarkansas.org

Audition date: Mar 19 (Little Rock, AR)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20

Videos accepted

Ballet Austin (P)

Austin, TX

Contact: Eugene Alvarez

512.476.9151 x128

eugene.alvarez@balletaustin.org

balletaustin.org

Audition dates: Feb 13 & Apr 2 (Austin, TX), Mar 5 (San Francisco, CA), Mar 13 (Chicago, IL), Mar 20 (New York, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, resumé, $25

Ballet Fantastique (P/T)

Eugene, OR

Contact: Hannah Bontrager

541.342.4611

info@balletfantastique.org

balletfantastique.org

Audition dates: ongoing (Eugene, OR)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, interview, modern, partnering, pointe, prepared solo

Bring: audition form, dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Ballet Long Island (P/T)

Ronkonkoma, NY

Contact: Mary Elken Ransom

631.737.1964

balletlongisland@aol.com

balletlongisland.com

Audition dates: Mar 2 & Oct 5 (Ronkonkoma, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Ballet Memphis (P)

Memphis, TN

Contact: Tamara Hoffmann

901.737.7322

auditions@balletmemphis.org

balletmemphis.org

Audition dates: Feb 29 (San Francisco, CA), by appointment (Memphis, TN)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, class, modern

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Ballet Nebraska (P)

Omaha, NE

Contact: Matthew Carter

402.905.0831

audition@balletnebraska.org

balletnebraska.org

Audition dates: Mar 11 & Apr 5 (Omaha, NE)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe, repertoire

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Ballet Quad Cities (P)

Rock Island, IL

Contact: Courtney Lyon

309.786.3779

clyonballetqc@mediacombb.net

balletquadcities.com

Audition dates: Mar 12 (Chicago, IL), ongoing (Rock Island, IL)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, Ballet Quad Cities' repertoire, interview, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20

Ballet San Antonio (P/T)

San Antonio, TX

Contact: Danielle Campbell Steans

210.404.9641

auditions@balletsanantonio.org

balletsanantonio.org

Audition dates: TBD (San Antonio, TX)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $30

Ballet Theatre of Maryland (P/T)

Annapolis, MD

Contact: Dianna Cuatto

410.224.5644

dckessler@comcast.net, btmmgr@balletmaryland.org

balletmaryland.org

Audition dates: Mar 6 & 13; or by appointment, Jan 18–Apr 10 (all Annapolis, MD)

Styles: ballet, character dance, jazz, modern, musical theater, tap

Audition includes: ballet, BTM repertoire (including character dance, jazz, modern, musical theater), interview, partnering, pointe

Bring: 3 references, dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Pre-apply

Ballet West (P)

Salt Lake City, UT

Contact: Heather Thackeray

hthackeray@balletwest.org

balletwest.org

Audition dates: TBD (Salt Lake City, UT)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

BalletMet (T)

Columbus, OH

Contact: Lynette Shy

614.586.8660

lshy@balletmet.org

balletmet.org

Audition dates: Feb 6 (Richmond, VA), Feb 13 (Detroit, MI), Feb 14 (Chicago, IL; Grand Rapids, MI), Feb 21 (Columbus, OH; Nashville, TN), Feb 28 (New York, NY), Mar 5 (Cincinnati, OH; Pittsburgh, PA)

Style: ballet

Bring: $25

Videos accepted

Ballets with a Twist (P)

New York, NY

212.732.1813

info@balletswithatwist.com

balletswithatwist.com

Audition dates: submit materials, by invitation (New York, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, video if available

Pre-apply

BalletX (P)

Philadelphia, PA

Contact: Tara Keating

215.893.9456

info@balletx.org

balletx.org

Audition dates: Feb 28 (Philadelphia, PA), Mar 13 (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $15

Pre-apply

BANDALOOP (P)

Oakland, CA

Contact: Krystal Harfert

415.421.5667

info@bandaloop.org

bandaloop.org

Audition date: Feb 20 (Oakland, CA)

Style: modern

Audition includes: modern

Pre-apply

Boca Ballet Theatre (P)

Boca Raton, FL

Contact: Dan Guin

561.995.0709

dan@bocaballet.org

bocaballet.org

Audition dates: by appointment (Boca Raton, FL)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, jazz, modern, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

BODYTRAFFIC (P/T)

Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Lillian Barbeito

310.923.2766

lillian@bodytraffic.com

bodytraffic.com

Audition dates: TBD (Los Angeles, CA)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, modern, partnering, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, video links

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Bossov Ballet Theatre (T)

Pittsfield, ME

Contact: Jennifer Beane

207.487.5915

bossovballet@mci-school.org

mci-school.org/ballet

Audition dates: TBD (Pittsfield, ME; Syracuse, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $30

Videos accepted

Boston Ballet School Pre-Professional Program (T)

Boston Ballet

Boston, MA

Contact: Kelly Kerrigan

617.456.6260

kkerrigan@bostonballet.org

bostonballet.org/school

Audition dates: Feb 20 & Apr 23 (Boston, MA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: $30

Pre-apply

Broadway Dance Center (T)

Professional Semester

New York, NY

Contact: Bonnie Erickson

212.582.9304 x80

prosemester@bwydance.com

broadwaydancecenter.com

Audition dates: Apr 17 (New York, NY), TBD (Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA)

Styles: ballet, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, tap

Audition includes: ballet, hip hop, jazz

Bring: headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

BrockusRED (P)

Brockus Project Dance

Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Charlotte Smith

562.412.7429

db@brockusred.org

brockusred.org

Audition dates: TBD (Los Angeles, CA)

Styles: jazz, modern

Audition includes: improvisation, interview, jazz, modern, partnering, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Brockus—Bridges (T)

Contact: Kia Hazelwood

562.412.7429

brockus@earthlink.net

bridgesla.org

Audition dates: TBD (Los Angeles, CA)

Styles: jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, interview, jazz, modern, partnering, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Carolina Ballet, Inc. (P)

Raleigh, NC

Contact: Elizabeth Parker

919.719.0800

elizabethparker@carolinaballet.com

carolinaballet.com

Audition dates: by invitation (Raleigh, SC)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, video of performance

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Cary Ballet Conservatory (T)

Cary Ballet Company

Cary, NC

Contact: Mariaelena Ruiz

919.481.6509

director@caryballet.com

caryballet.com

Audition dates: TBD (Cary, NC)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, $20

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dance Education (P/T)

Coastal Ballet USA

Mount Pleasant, SC

Contact: Jill Eathorne Bahr

843.469.2080

j.eathorne.bahr@gmail.com

charlestonballet.com

Audition dates: TBD (Mount Pleasant, SC)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Videos accepted

Charlotte Ballet (P/T)

Charlotte, NC

Contact: Ruth Gibbs

704.414.2770

rgibbs@charlotteballet.org

charlotteballet.org

Audition dates: Jan 16 (Buffalo, NY), Jan 23 (Chicago, IL; New York, NY), Jan 24 (Washington, DC), Jan 30 (Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA), Jan 31 (Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Pittsburgh, PA), Feb 7 (Raleigh, NC)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, $35

Videos accepted

Charlottesville Ballet (P/T)

Charlottesville, VA

Contact: Caitlin Lennon

434.973.2555

clennon@charlottesvilleballet.org

charlottesvilleballet.org

Audition date: Feb 21 (Charlottesville, VA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, modern, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

ChrisMastersDance (P)

Brooklyn, NY

516.986.8839

contact@chrismastersdance.org

chrismastersdance.org

Audition dates: TBD (New York, NY)

Style: modern

Audition includes: improvisation, modern, partnering

Bring: resumé

Pre-apply

Cincinnati Ballet (P/T)

Cincinnati, OH

Contact: Beth Snyder

513.562.1139

bsnyder@cballet.org

cballet.org

Audition dates: Feb 7 (Houston, TX), Feb 22 (San Francisco, CA), Feb 27 (Boston, MA), Feb 28 (New York, NY), Mar 6 (Cincinnati, OH)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, video highly recommended, $25 or $35 by video

Videos accepted

City Ballet of San Diego (P)

San Diego, CA

Contact: Jo Anne Emery

858.274.6058

info@cityballet.org

cityballet.org

Audition dates: Jan–Apr (San Diego, CA)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, letter of recommendation from current director, resumé

Videos accepted

ClancyWorks Dance Company (P/T)

Silver Spring, MD

Contact: Dr. Adrienne Clancy

301.717.9271

info@clancyworks.org

clancyworks.org

Audition dates: Jun 6–10 (Washington, DC)

Style: modern

Audition includes: modern

Bring: cover letter, resumé

Pre-apply

Cleveland Ballet (P)

School of Cleveland Ballet (T)

Bedford Heights, OH

Contact: Grace Day

216.320.9000

grace@clevelandballet.org

clevelandballet.org

Audition dates: Feb 6 (Pittsburgh, PA), Feb 27 (Cleveland, OH), Mar 13 (Grand Rapids, MI), TBD (Chicago, IL)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Videos accepted

Colorado Ballet (P/T)

Denver, CO

Contact: Brandi Glass

303.339.1631

brandi.glass@coloradoballet.org

coloradoballet.org

Audition dates: Jan 31 (New York, NY), Feb 7 (Denver, CO)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $35

Videos accepted

CoreDance Contemporary (P)

New York, NY

Contact: Rebecca McCormac

347.545.2813

coredancecontemporary@yahoo.com

coredancecontemp.wix.com/dance-company

Audition dates: TBD (New York, NY)

Style: modern

Audition includes: improvisation, interview, modern, partnering

Bring: headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (P)

Dallas, TX

Contact: Melissa M. Young

214.871.2376

m.young@dbdt.com

dbdt.com

Audition date: Jul 9 (Dallas, TX)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern, repertoire

Bring: application, dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20

Pre-apply

The Dance Institute of Washington (T)

Washington Reflections

Washington, DC

Contact: Ashante Green

202.371.9656

info@danceinstitute.org

danceinstitute.org

Audition dates: Jul 23 & 24 (Washington, DC)

Styles: ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: headshot

Videos accepted

Dance Kaleidoscope (T)

Indianapolis, IN

Contact: David Hochoy

317.345.3543

davidhochoy@aol.com

dancekal.org

Audition dates: TBD (Indianapolis, IN)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Dance Theatre of Harlem School (T)

New York, NY

Contact: Kenya Massey-Rodriguez

212.690.2800

krodriguez@dancetheatreofharlem.org

dancetheatreofharlem.org

Audition dates: Mar 6, Jun 4, Aug 20 (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, ethnic, hip hop, jazz, modern, musical theater, tap, West African

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: $10

Videos accepted

Dance Visions NY (P/T)

Great Neck, NY

Contact: Beth Jucovy

516.482.2621

dancevisions.ny@gmail.com

dancevisionsny.org

Audition dates: TBD (Great Neck, NY)

Styles: ballet, Duncan dance, modern

Audition includes: ballet, Duncan dance, improvisation, interview, modern, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (P)

Dallas, TX

info@darkcirclesdanceusa.com

darkcirclescontemporarydance.com

Audition date: Mar 13 (Dallas, TX)

Styles: ballet, b-boying, modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, interview, repertoire

Bring: headshot, resumé, $20

Pre-apply

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (P/T)

Dayton, OH

Contact: Ayn Wood

937.228.3232 x115

ayn@dcdc.org

dcdc.org

Audition date: Apr 29 (Dayton, OH)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, interview, jazz, modern, partnering, repertory

Bring: ballet & jazz shoes, dance photo, full-body shot, headshot, resumé, $20 (nonrefundable)

DDCdances (P)

Farmington Hills, MI

Contact: Barbara Selinger

810.444.4553

barb@ddcdances.org

ddcdances.org

Audition dates: Jun (Detroit, MI)

Style: modern

Audition includes: improvisation, interview, modern, partnering

Bring: dance photo, headshot, letter of recommendation, resumé

Pre-apply

DIAVOLO Architecture In Motion (P)

Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Dusty Alvarado

323.225.4290

dusty@diavolo.org

diavolo.org

Audition dates: TBD (Los Angeles, CA; company tour cities)

Styles: acrobatics, modern

Audition includes: improvisation, interview, modern, partnering, strength test

Bring: headshot, knee pads, resumé

Pre-apply

Donna Sternberg & Dancers (P)

Santa Monica, CA

Contact: Donna Sternberg

310.260.1198

contact@dsdancers.com

dsdancers.com

Audition dates: TBD (Los Angeles, CA)

Style: modern

Audition includes: improvisation, modern

Bring: headshot, resumé

Ellison Ballet (T)

New York, NY

Contact: Diane di Stasio

646.385.8485

info@ellisonballet.org

ellisonballet.org

Audition dates: Jan 24 (Boca Raton, FL), Jan 30 (Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL), Jan 31 (Indianapolis, IN; Washington, DC), Feb 6 (Oklahoma City, OK), Feb 7 (Boston, MA; Dallas & Houston, TX), Feb 14 (New York, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, men's technique, pointe

Bring: dance photo, $35

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Eugene Ballet Company (P/T)

Eugene, OR

Contact: Jennifer Martin

541.485.3992

jennifer@eugeneballet.org

eugeneballet.org

Audition dates: Feb 28 (Eugene, OR), Mar 5 (New York, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: headshot, resumé, $20

Felice Lesser Dance Theater (P)

New York, NY

Contact: Felice Lesser

fldtny@aol.com

fldt.org

Audition dates: TBD (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: acting (if role demands it), ballet, improvisation, interview, modern, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Festival Ballet Providence (P/T)

Providence, RI

Contact: Marissa Parmenter

401.353.1129

auditions@festivalballetprovidence.org

festivalballetprovidence.org

Audition date: Mar 20 (Providence, RI)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, fee TBD

Videos accepted

Festival Ballet Theatre (P)

Fountain Valley, CA

Contact: Elizabeth Farmen

714.962.5440

info@festivalballet.org

festivalballet.org

Audition dates: TBD (Fountain Valley, CA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Fort Wayne Ballet (P/T)

Fort Wayne, IN

Contact: Lauren Slocum

260.484.9646

lslocum@fortwayneballet.org

fortwayneballet.org

Audition dates: Jan 16 (Chicago, IL), Jan 17 (Carmel, IN), Jan 23 (Columbus, OH; Gilbert, AZ), Jan 30 & Feb 15–20 (Fort Wayne, IN)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, interview, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20

Videos accepted

Frequent Flyers Productions (T)

Boulder, CO

Contact: Valerie Morris

303.245.8272

valerie@frequentflyers.org

frequentflyers.org

Audition dates: Jan 24, Jun 5, Jul 31 (Boulder, CO)

Audition includes: aerial dance class (horizontal & vertical apparatus), interview, modern, prepared solo, strength & flexibility requirements

Bring: resumé, $75

Pre-apply

The Georgia Ballet (P/T)

Marietta, GA

Contact: Kaitlyn Pack

770.528.0881

kpack@georgiaballet

georgiaballet.org

Audition date: Feb 6 (Marietta, GA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, video links, $25

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Giordano Dance Chicago (P/T)

Chicago, IL

Contact: Sarina Combs

312.922.1332

sarinacombs@giordanodance.org

giordanodance.org

Audition dates (P): Jan 18 (New York, NY), Jan 31 (Chicago, IL)

Audition date (T): Jun 12 (Chicago, IL)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern, musical theater

Audition includes: ballet, jazz

Bring: ballet & jazz shoes, headshot, references, resumé, $10 cash

Gleich Dances (P)

Norte Maar

Brooklyn, NY

Contact: Jason Andrew

646.361.8512

gleichdances@gmail.com

gleichdances.org

Audition dates: TBD (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern, partnering, pointe

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre (P/T)

Lawrenceville, GA

Contact: Whitney Snuggs

770.237.0046

gbt78@bellsouth.net

gwinnettballet.org

Audition dates: TBD (Atlanta, GA)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, partnering

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory (T)

New York, NY

Contact: Yvonne H. Chow

800.697.4698

admissions@hdcny.org

hdcny.org

Audition date: Mar 19 (New York, NY)

Styles: hip hop (popping, locking, boogaloo, breaking, rocking, party dance)

Audition includes: improvisation, interview

Bring: $25

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

The HARID Conservatory (T)

Boca Raton, FL

Contact: Janet Trivino

561.997.2677

info@harid.edu

harid.edu/auditions

Audition dates: Jan 17 (Pittsburgh, PA), Jan 22 (Washington, DC), Jan 23 (New York, NY), Jan 24 (Brookline, MA), Jan 29 (Houston, TX), Jan 30 (Boca Raton, FL; Charlotte, SC; Orlando, FL), Jan 31 (Atlanta, GA; Tampa, FL), Feb 5 (Coppell, TX), Feb 6 (Tulsa, OK), Feb 7 (Denver, CO)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, $25

Videos accepted

Hawaii State Ballet (T)

Honolulu, HI

Contact: Gina Surles

808.947.2755

info@hawaiistateballet.com

hawaiistateballet.com

Audition dates: Jun (Honolulu, HI)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo

Videos accepted

Honolulu Dance Studio (T)

Honolulu Dance Company

Honolulu, HI

Contact: Catherine Izumi

808.524.8455

honoluludanceproductions@gmail.com

honoluludanceco.com

Audition date: Dec 3 (Honolulu, HI)

Styles: ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, tumbling

Audition includes: ballet, hip hop, improvisation, interview, jazz, modern, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Houston Ballet (P)

Houston, TX

companyauditions@houstonballet.org

houstonballet.org

Audition dates: Feb 7 (New York, NY), Feb 14 (San Francisco, CA), Mar 13 (Houston, TX)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Academy/Pre-Professional Program (T)

hbacademy@houstonballet.org

Audition date: May 23 (Houston, TX)

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, $35 in advance or $40 on site

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (P)

Chicago, IL

Contact: Marisa Santiago

312.850.9744

msantiago@hubbardstreetdance.com

hubbardstreetdance.com

Audition dates: TBD (Chicago, IL)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, repertoire

Bring: headshot, resumé, $20

Pre-apply

Inaside Chicago Dance (P)

Chicago, IL

Contact: Ashley Deran

773.296.4909

info@inaside.org

inaside.org

Audition date: Mar 12 (Chicago, IL)

Styles: jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, jazz

Bring: headshot, resumé, $10

Indianapolis School of Ballet (T)

Indianapolis Ballet, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN

Contact: Kara Hooley

317.955.7525

khooley@indyballet.org

indyballet.org

Audition dates: Jan 18 (Detroit, MI), Jan 30 (Chicago, IL), Feb 7 (Indianapolis, IN), Feb 13 (Miami, FL), Feb 19 (Springboro, OH), Feb 20 (Cincinnati, OH), Feb 21 (Bloomington, IN)

Styles: ballet, tap

Audition includes: ballet, tap

Bring: dance photo, headshot, ladies bring pointe shoes, $30

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Interweave Dance Theatre (T)

Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop

Boulder, CO

Contact: Lara Branen

707.322.6217

lara@bjdw.net

interweavedancetheatre.org

Audition dates: Jul 22 & 23 (Boulder, CO)

Styles: jazz, modern

Audition includes: enrollment in designated classes, improvisation, jazz, modern

Bring: headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation (P/T)

New York, NY

212.691.5040

info@isadoraduncan.org

isadoraduncan.org

Audition dates: TBD (New York, NY)

Style: modern

Audition includes: modern

Bring: headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Joffrey Ballet School (T)

New York, NY

888.438.3808

joffrey@joffreyballetschool.com

joffreyballetschool.com

Audition dates: Jan 16 (Interlochen, MI), Jan 16–17 (San Francisco, CA), Jan 17 (Camarillo, CA; New York, NY), Feb 7 & 14, Mar 6 (New York, NY), Feb 27 (Fisher, IN), Feb 28 (Tampa, FL), Mar 5–6 (Folsom, CA)

Styles: ballet, hip hop, jazz, musical theater

Audition includes: ballet, jazz, musical theater, prepared solo

Bring: $40

Videos accepted

Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre/Sean McLeod Dance Experience (P/T)

New York Institute of Dance and Education

New York, NY

Contact: Hana Ginsburg Tirosh

hana.ginsburg@gmail.com

kaleidoscopedancetheatre.com

Audition dates: Feb 6 & May 28 (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, ethnic, jazz, modern, musical theater

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, jazz, modern

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Kansas City Ballet (P/T)

Kansas City, MO

Contact: Victoria Frank

816.931.2232

vfrank@kcballet.org

kcballet.org

Audition dates: Mar 5 (Boston, MA), Mar 13 (New York, NY), TBD (Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; San Francisco, CA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Kim Robards Dance (P)

Aurora, CO

Contact: LaRana Skalicky

303.825.4847

info@kimrobardsdance.org

kimrobardsdance.org

Audition dates: TBD (Denver, CO)

Style: modern

Audition includes: interview, modern, Robards repertoire

Bring: 3 letters of recommendation, dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Videos accepted

Koltun Ballet Academy (T)

Watertown, MA

Contact: Alexandra Koltun

617.901.3792

info@koltunballetacademy.com

koltunballetacademy.com

Audition date: Feb 13 (Watertown, MA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, $30

Videos accepted

Koresh Youth Ensemble (T)

Koresh Dance Company

Philadelphia, PA

Contact: Sarah Braviak

215.751.0959

school@koreshdance.org

koreshdance.org

Audition date: Aug 28 (Philadelphia, PA)

Styles: jazz, modern

Audition includes: improvisation, jazz, modern

Bring: headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

The Lively Foundation (P)

Mountain View, CA

Contact: Leslie Friedman

650.969.4110

livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net

livelyfoundation.org

Audition dates: by appointment (Mountain View, CA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, interview, modern, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Los Angeles Ballet (P/T)

Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Lia Metz

lmetz@losangelesballet.org

losangelesballet.org

Audition dates: Feb 28 (Los Angeles, CA), Mar 5 (New York, NY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $30

Louisville Ballet (P/T)

Louisville, KY

Contact: Sara Wheeldon

502.583.3150

info@louisvilleballet.org

louisvilleballet.org

Audition date: Mar 6 (Louisville, KY)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Pre-apply

Madison Ballet (P/T)

Madison, WI

Contact: Alyssa Gunsolus

608.278.7990

info@madisonballet.org

madisonballet.org

Audition dates: TBD (Madison, WI)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

MamLuft&Co. Dance (P)

Cincinnati, OH

Contact: Jeanne Mam-Luft

513.494.6526

dance@mamluftcodance.org

mamluftcodance.org

Audition dates: Jun 6 & 7 (Cincinnati, OH)

Style: modern

Audition includes: improvisation, interview, modern, partnering

Bring: headshot, resumé, $20

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Martha Graham Dance Company (P)

Martha Graham School (T)

New York, NY

Contact: Tadej Brdnik

212.229.9200 x20

tbrdnik@marthagraham.org

marthagraham.org

Audition dates (P): May 14–15 (New York, NY)

Audition date (T): Jul 16 (New York, NY)

Style: modern

Audition includes: modern, partnering

Bring: headshot, resumé, $25 (P), $20 (T)

METdance (P/T)

METdance Company

Houston, TX

Contact: Marlana Doyle

713.522.6375

info@metdance.org

metdance.org

Audition dates: Jan 18 (New York, NY), Feb 20 (Houston, TX)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, jazz, modern, partnering, repertoire

Bring: headshot, resumé, $10

Videos accepted

Miami City Ballet School (T)

Miami City Ballet

Miami Beach, FL

Contact: Christina Soto

305.929.7007

school@miamicityballet.org

miamicityballet.org/school

Audition dates: spring/summer & ongoing (Miami Beach, FL)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, $25

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Michael Mao Dance (P/T)

New York, NY

Contact: Michael Mao

michael@michaelmaodance.org

michaelmaodance.org

Audition dates: by appointment (New York, NY)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ability to understand/take verbal directions, ballet, interview, modern, partnering

Bring: headshot, proof of working papers, resumé

Pre-apply

Michigan Ballet Academy (T)

Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Joanne Jaglowski

616.710.1666

administrator@michiganballet.org

michiganballet.org

Audition dates: video auditions only, no later than Mar 30

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo

Videos accepted

Minnesota Ballet (P)

Duluth, MN

Contact: Robert Gardner

218.529.3742

balletmaster@minnesotaballet.org

minnesotaballet.org

Audition dates: Apr 9 (Chicago, IL), Apr 16 (Minneapolis, MN)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, video if possible, $15

Pre-apply

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (T)

Affiliate of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Winona, MN

Contact: Jamie Schwaba

507.453.5500

jschwaba@smumn.edu

mnconservatoryforthearts.org

Audition dates: Aug (Winona, MN)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo

Missouri Contemporary Ballet (P/T)

Columbia, MO

Contact: Monique I. Jones

573.219.7134

info@missouricontemporaryballet.com

missouricontemporaryballet.com

Audition dates: Feb 28 (Kansas City, MO), Apr 3 (Columbia, MO)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, interview, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Videos accepted

Nashville Ballet (T)

Nashville, TN

615.297.2966

summer@nashvilleballet.com

nashvilleballet.com

Audition dates: Feb 6 (Columbus, OH; Tampa, FL), Feb 7 (Carmel, IN; Washington, DC), Feb 20 & Mar 3–6 (Pittsburgh, PA), Feb 21 (Dallas, TX), Feb 28 (Nashville, TN), Mar 6 (Madison, AL)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20 online or $30 on site

Videos accepted

Next Generation Ballet (T)

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Tampa, FL

Contact: Claire Florio

813.222.1263

danceprogram@strazcenter.org

nextgenerationballet.org

Audition dates: TBD (Tampa, FL)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern, tap

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Videos accepted

Nickerson-Rossi Dance (P/T)

Signal Hill, CA

michael@nickersonrossidance.com

nickersonrossidance.com

Audition dates: Apr (Long Beach, CA; Philadelphia, PA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, interview, modern, partnering

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Nritya Creations Academy of Dance (P/T)

Morganville, NJ

Contact: Meena Basu Nag

732.598.7079

info@nrityacreations.com

nrityacreations.com

Audition dates: by appointment (Cherry Hill, Edison & Marlboro, NJ; New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, bharata natyam, Bollywood, ethnic, fusion, jazz, kathak, modern

Audition includes: improvisation, interview, modern, prepared solo

Bring: resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

NW Dance Project (P)

Portland, OR

Contact: Caitlin Warren

info@nwdanceproject.org

nwdanceproject.org

Audition dates: Jan 23 (Salt Lake City, UT), Jan 24 (San Francisco, CA), Jan 31 (New York, NY), Feb 6 (Chicago, IL)

Styles: ballet, modern, original creation

Audition includes: ballet, contemporary

Bring: application, dance photo, headshot, resumé, $30

Odyssey Dance Theatre (P/T)

Highland, UT

801.495.3262

avanalstyne@odysseydance.com

odysseydance.com

Audition dates: TBD (Highland, UT)

Styles: ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap

Audition includes: ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Oklahoma City Ballet (P)

Oklahoma City, OK

Contact: Lynna Schneider

405.843.9898

lschneider@okcballet.com

okcballet.com

Audition dates: Feb 7 (New York, NY), Feb 14 (Chicago, IL), Feb 21 (San Francisco, CA), Mar 20 (Oklahoma City, OK)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Olympic Ballet Theatre & School (T)

Edmonds, WA

Contact: Oleg Gorboulev

425.774.7570

oleg@olympicballet.com

olympicballet.com

Audition dates: TBD (Edmonds, WA)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $30

Videos accepted

Orlando Ballet (P/T)

Orlando, FL

Contact: Tamatha Perryman

407.418.9823

tperryman@orlandoballet.org

orlandoballet.org

Audition dates: Feb 14 (New York, NY), Mar 13 (Orlando, FL)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $35 pre-registration or $40 day of audition

Pacifico Dance Company (T)

Culver City, CA

Contact: Adriana Gainey

310.721.5640

bfdpacifico@aol.com

pacificodance.com

Audition dates: TBD (Los Angeles, CA)

Audition includes: ballet, Mexican folk dance, partnering

Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society (T)

Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet

Narberth, PA

Contact: Melinda Pendleton

610.664.3455

pab29@verizon.net

paacademyofballet.com

Audition dates: call to schedule (Narberth, PA)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Pennsylvania Classical Ballet (P/T)

Easton, PA

Contact: Yu Hong

610.440.0958

info@paclassicalballet.org

paclassicalballet.org

Audition dates: TBD (Easton, PA)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Peridance Capezio Center (T)

New York, NY

212.505.0886

info@peridance.com

peridance.com

Audition dates: Jan 31 (Kansas City, MO), Feb 7 (New York, NY), Feb 19 (Los Angeles, CA), Feb 21 (San Francisco, CA), Feb 27 (Seattle, WA), Mar 12 (Denver, CO), Mar 26 (Atlanta, GA), Apr 2 (Miami, FL)

Styles: ballet, composition, improvisation, jazz, modern, musical theater, tap

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, modern, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $25

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

The PGK Project, Inc. (P/T)

The PGK Dance Project

San Diego, CA

Contact: Peter G. Kalivas

619.886.7924

admin@thepgkproject.org

thepgkdanceproject.org

Audition dates: ongoing (San Diego, CA)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ballet, interview, modern, partnering, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Philadanco (T)

Philadelphia Dance Company

Philadelphia, PA

Contact: Joan Myers Brown

215.387.8200

jmb@philadanco.org

philadanco.org

Audition date: Jun 12 (Philadelphia, PA)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern, repertory

Bring: headshot, resumé, $20

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (P/T)

Pittsburgh, PA

Contact: Bob Vickrey

412.281.0360

companyauditions@pittsburghballet.org

pbt.org

Audition date: Mar 19 (Pittsburgh, PA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Premiere Division (T)

New York, NY

Contact: Nadege Hottier

718.635.1060

info@premieredivision.org

premieredivision.org

Audition dates: TBD (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $30

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Rochester City Ballet (P)

Rochester, NY

Contact: Beth Bartholomew

585.461.5850

bbartholomew@rochestercityballet.org

rochestercityballet.org

Audition date: Apr 3 (Rochester, NY)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Roxey Ballet (P/T)

Mill Ballet School

Lambertville, NJ

Contact: Mark Roxey

609.397.7616

info@roxeyballet.org

roxeyballet.org

Audition date: Apr 16 (Lambertville, NJ)

Styles: ballet, ethnic, jazz, modern, musical theater

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, interview, jazz, modern, partnering, pointe, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, send video link, $20

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Saint Louis Ballet (P/T)

Chesterfield, MO

Contact: Jennifer Warren

636.537.1998

jenwarren@stlouisballet.org

stlouisballet.org

Audition dates: TBD (Chesterfield, MO)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $15

Pre-apply

San Francisco Conservatory of Dance (T)

San Francisco, CA

Contact: Lanny Berenson

415.602.0845

lanny@sfconservatoryofdance.org

sfconservatoryofdance.org

Audition dates: Jan 29 (Miami, FL), Jan 31 & Feb 20 (New York, NY), Feb 6 (Minneapolis, MN; Saint Paul, MN), Feb 8 & 27, Mar 26 (San Francisco, CA), Feb 13 (Dallas, TX), Feb 17 (Pittsburgh, PA), Feb 23 (Long Beach, CA)

Styles: ballet, Gaga, modern, William Forsythe's Improvisational Technologies

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: $35

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

San Jose Dance Theatre (T)

Santa Clara, CA

Contact: Linda Hurkmans

408.286.9905

godance@sjdt.org

sjdt.org

Audition dates: TBD (San Jose, CA)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

The Sarasota Ballet (P)

Sarasota, FL

Contact: Barbara Epperson

941.225.6509

bepperson@sarasotaballet.org

sarasotaballet.org

Audition dates: Feb 13 (New York, NY), Mar 13 (Sarasota, FL)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, interview, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20

Pre-apply

Sarasota Contemporary Dance (P/T)

Sarasota, FL

Contact: Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

941.345.5755

info@sarasotacontemporarydance.org

sarasotacontemporarydance.org

Audition date: Mar 19 (Sarasota, FL)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, modern

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

The School of Russian American Ballet (T)

Brighton Ballet Theater Co., Inc.

Brooklyn, NY

Contact: Vladimir Lepisko

718.769.9161

info@brightonballet.org

brightonballet.org

Audition dates: TBD (Brooklyn, NY)

Styles: ballet, character dance, ethnic, jazz, modern, musical theater

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, interview, jazz, modern, partnering, pointe, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company (P)

Roswell, GA

Contact: Charlotte Foster Williamson

404.955.7232

charlotte@sidewaysdance.com

sidewaysdance.org

Audition dates: TBD (Roswell, GA)

Styles: jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, interview, modern, prepared solo

Bring: headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Silicon Valley Ballet School (T)

Silicon Valley Ballet

San Jose, CA

408.288.2820 x223

school@siliconvalleyballet.org

siliconvalleyballet.org

Audition dates: TBD (San Jose, CA)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $35

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

South Carolina Ballet (P)

Columbia, SC

Contact: Jason Cobb

803.799.7605

jcobb@columbiacityballet.com

columbiacityballet.com

Audition date: Mar 12 (Columbia, SC)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, interview, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

South Shore Ballet Theatre (T)

Hanover, MA

Contact: Shannon Quinn

781.312.7224

ballet@southshoreballettheatre.com

southshoreballettheatre.com

Audition dates: TBD (Hanover, MA)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo

Videos accepted

SpectorDance (P)

Marina, CA

Contact: Fran Spector Atkins

831.601.8510

spectordance@earthlink.net

spectordance.org

Audition dates: until Mar 31 (Marina, CA)

Styles: ballet, fusion, modern, musical theater, physical theater, tap

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, interview, modern, partnering, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Spectrum Dance Theater (P)

Seattle, WA

Contact: Shirley Wong

206.325.4161

staff@spectrumdance.org

spectrumdance.org

Audition date: Jul 30 (Seattle, WA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20

Pre-apply

St. Paul Ballet (P/T)

Saint Paul, MN

Contact: Zoé Henrot

651.690.1588

info@spballet.org

spballet.org

Audition date: Feb 19 (Saint Paul, MN)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, contemporary, interview, modern, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

State Street Ballet (P/T)

Santa Barbara, CA

Contact: Denise Grimm

805.845.1432

contact@statestreetballet.com

statestreetballet.com

Audition dates: Jan 16 (Albuquerque, NM), Jan 17 (Denver, CO), Jan 18 (Phoenix, AZ), Jan 23 (Los Angeles, CA), Jan 30 (Seattle, WA), Jan 31 (Portland, OR), Feb 13 (Santa Barbara & San Diego, CA), Feb 28 (New York, NY), Mar 5 (San Francisco, CA)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20

Videos accepted

Steps on Broadway (T)

Steps Conservatory Program

New York, NY

Contact: Mindy Upin Jackson

212.874.2410

mindy@stepsnyc.com

stepsnyc.com

Audition dates: Mar 19 & Jun 19 (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern, musical theater

Audition includes: ballet, jazz, modern, prepared solo, theater dance

Bring: $50 domestic, $250 international students

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Steps Repertory Ensemble (P)

Steps Beyond Foundation

Contact: Bradley Shelver

212.874.2410 x126

bradley@stepsnyc.com

Audition dates: TBD (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern, partnering, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $15

Pre-apply

The School at Steps (T)

Pre-Professional Program

Contact: Amanda Gomez

212.874.3678

amandag@stepsnyc.com

stepsnyc.com/school

Audition dates: Apr 4–8 (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern, musical theater, Pilates, stretch, tap

Audition includes: ballet, jazz, modern, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, $35

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Störling Dance Theater (P/T)

Olathe, KS

Contact: Mona Störling-Enna

913.393.3141

mona@culturehouse.com

storlingdance.org

Audition date: Mar 12 (Olathe, KS)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Tapestry Dance Company (P/T)

Austin, TX

Contact: Etta Sanders

512.474.9846

dance@tapestry.org

tapestry.org

Audition date: Jun 9 (Austin, TX)

Style: tap

Audition includes: improvisation, tap

Bring: headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

Thodos Dance Chicago (P)

Chicago, IL

Contact: Kate Weatherly

312.266.6255

kate.weatherly@thodosdancechicago.org

thodosdancechicago.org

Audition dates: Mar 12 & Jun 11 (Chicago, IL)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, partnering, prepared solo, repertory

Bring: headshot, resumé, $15

TU Dance (P/T)

Saint Paul, MN

Contact: Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez

612.605.1925

info@tudance.org

tudance.org

Audition date: Apr 10 (Saint Paul, MN)

Style: modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, modern

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Tulsa Ballet (P)

Tulsa, OK

Contact: Dallas Blagg

918.749.6030

companymanager@tulsaballet.org

tulsaballet.org

Audition dates: Feb 25 (Tel Aviv, Israel), Feb 27 (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Feb 28 (London, UK), Feb 29 (Rome, Italy), Mar 2 (Bucharest, Romania), Mar 6 (New York, NY)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $20

Pre-apply

Tulsa Ballet II (T)

Contact: Colleen Lahti

918.749.6030

colleen.lahti@tulsaballet.org

Audition dates: Jan 16 & Feb 27 (Tulsa, OK), Jan 17 (Houston, TX), Jan 24 (Deerpark, IL), Jan 31 (Fort Worth, TX), Feb 6 (Philadelphia, PA), Feb 7 (Kansas City, MO), Feb 14 (Columbus, OH)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, TBII audition form, $20

Videos accepted

Verb Ballets (P)

Shaker Heights, OH

Contact: Richard Dickinson

216.397.3757

rdickinson@verbballets.org

verbballets.org

Audition dates: TBD (Cleveland, OH)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, modern, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, YouTube/Vimeo link or DVD

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Walnut Hill School for the Arts (T)

Ballet Austin Partnership

Natick, MA

Contact: Lela Paultre

508.650.5020

admissions@walnuthillarts.org

walnuthillarts.org

Audition dates: Apr 15 & May 9 (Natick, MA)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

The Washington Ballet (P)

The Washington School of Ballet (T)

Washington, DC

Contact: Rosie Vergilio

202.362.3606

info@washingtonballet.org

washingtonballet.org

Audition dates: Feb 14 (New York, NY), Feb 21 & Apr 10 (Washington, DC), Mar 13 (Miami, FL)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet

Bring: dance photo, headshot, registration form, resumé, $25

Pre-apply

Whim W'Him (P)

Seattle, WA

Contact: Catherine Bombico

206.399.9511

audition@whimwhim.org

whimwhim.org

Audition dates: Feb 18 (New York, NY), Feb 27 (Seattle, WA)

Style: modern

Audition includes: contemporary, improvisation, interview, partnering

Bring: headshot, resumé, socks, $15

Pre-apply

WV Professional Dance Company (P)

Beckley, WV

Contacts: Toneta Akers-Toler & Donald J. Laney

304.252.0030

athtoler@msn.com or djamesl2002@yahoo.com

wvdanceco.com

Audition dates: TBD (Beckley, WV)

Styles: contemporary styles, modern

Audition includes: improvisation, interview, modern, partnering, prepared solo

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

International

Canada

Arts Umbrella Dance (T)

Vancouver, BC

Contact: Sally Hart

604.681.5268 x233

dance@artsumbrella.com

artsumbrella.com/dance

Audition dates: Jan 30–31 & Apr 2–3 (Vancouver, BC), TBD (Montreal, QC; New York, NY; Toronto, ON)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, interview, partnering, pointe, prepared solo

Bring: headshot, $20

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Canada's Ballet Jörgen (P/T)

Toronto, ON

Contact: Clea Iveson

416.415.5000

education@balletjorgen.ca

balletjorgencanada.ca

Audition dates: Feb 28 (Edmonton, AB), Apr 1 (Ottawa, ON), Apr 10 (Halifax, NS), Apr 24 (Toronto, ON)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Goh Ballet Academy (T)

Goh Ballet Youth Company

Vancouver, BC

604.872.4014

admin@gohballet.com

gohballet.com

Audition dates: Mar 11, Apr 15, May 27, Jun 17 (Vancouver, BC)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, prepared solo

Bring: $40

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Quinte Ballet School of Canada (T)

Belleville, ON

Contact: Desiree Porter

613.962.9274 x21

info@quinteballetschool.com

quinteballetschool.com

Audition dates: Jan 17 (Peterborough, ON), Jan 29 (Montreal, QC), Jan 30 & Mar 6 (Ottowa, ON), Feb 19 (London, ON), Feb 21 (Toronto, ON), Feb 27 (Windsor, ON),

Feb 28 (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON), May 19 (Belleville, ON)

Styles: ballet, jazz, modern, tap

Audition includes: ballet, interview

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, $50 CAD

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

RUBBERBANDance Group (P/T)

Montreal, QC

Contact: Sophie Croteau

514.725.7868

communications@rubberbandance.com

rubberbandance.com

Audition dates: TBD (Montreal, QC)

Style: modern

Bring: demo, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

School of Alberta Ballet—Alberta Ballet II (T)

Alberta Ballet

Calgary, AB

Contact: Blair Puente

403.245.2274

calgarystudios@albertaballet.com

schoolofalbertaballet.com

Audition dates: Jan 17 (Toronto, ON), Feb 7 (Calgary, AB), Feb 20 (Vancouver, BC)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Videos accepted

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (T)

Toronto Dance Theatre

Toronto, ON

Contact: Andrea Roberts

416.967.6887

info@schooloftdt.org

schooloftdt.org

Audition dates: Jan 31 & Jul 16 (Toronto, ON)

Style: modern

Audition includes: improvisation, interview, modern

Bring: see application; dance photo, headshot, resumé, $95 CAD

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

France

Centre de Formation Professionnelle et d'Études Supérieures en Danse (T)

Ministry of Culture

Nice, France

Contact: Martine Kaisserlian

+33.493.89.10.10

offjazz@offjazz.com

offjazz.com

Audition dates: by appointment (Nice, France)

Styles: ballet, character dance, jazz, modern, tap

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, interview, jazz, modern

Bring: headshot, resumé, 150 euros

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

OFF JAZZ dance company (P)

Nice, France

Contact: Martine Kaisserlian

+33.642.04.11.13

offjazz@offjazz.com

offjazz.com

Audition dates: by appointment

Styles: jazz, musical theater, tap

Audition includes: ballet, interview, jazz, modern, tap

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

Germany

The School of the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier (T)

The Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier

Hamburg, Germany

Contact: Indrani Delmaine

+49.402.1118.831

indrani.delmaine@hamburgballett.de

hamburgballet.de

Audition date: Apr 2 (Hamburg, Germany)

Style: ballet

Audition includes: ballet, improvisation, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, 20 euros

Pre-apply

Semperoper Ballett (P)

Dresden, Germany

+49.351.4911.469

info.ballett@semperoper.de

semperoper.de

Audition dates: TBD (Dresden, Germany)

Styles: ballet, modern

Audition includes: ballet, pointe

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé

Pre-apply

Switzerland

Ballett Zürich (P)

Zürich Opera House

Zürich, Switzerland

ballett-zuerich.ch

Audition date: Jan 17, by invitation only (Zürich, Switzerland)

Styles: ballet, modern

Bring: dance photo, headshot, resumé, video if available

Pre-apply

Videos accepted

The Conversation
Just for Fun
Glenn Allen Sims and Linda Celeste Sims (here in Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain) are couple goals both onstage and off. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

No matter how much anti–Valentine's Day sentiment I'm feeling in a given year, there's something about dancer couples that still makes me swoon. Here's a collection of wonderful posts from this year, but be warned: Continued scrolling is likely to give you a severe case of the warm fuzzies.

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The Creative Process
Rennie Harris leads a rehearsal of Lazarus. Photo by Kyle Froman

When Rennie Harris first heard that Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater had tapped him to create a new hour-long work, and to become the company's first artist in residence, he laughed.

"I'm a street dance choreographer. I do street dance on street dancers," he says. "I've never set an hour-long piece on any other company outside my own, and definitely not on a modern dance company."

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Advice for Dancers
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I've been struggling with a staph infection after an FHL repair for tendonitis. It took several months to treat the infection, and it's left me with pain and stiffness. Will this ever go away?

—JR, Hoboken, NJ

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Dance on Broadway
Last summer's off-Broadway run of Be More Chill. Photo by Maria Baranova, Courtesy Keith Sherman & Associates

When Chase Brock signed on to choreograph a new musical at a theater in New Jersey in 2015, he couldn't have predicted that four years later, he would be receiving fan art featuring his Chihuahua because of it. Nor could he have he imagined that the show—Be More Chill, based on the young adult novel by Ned Vizzini—would be heading to Broadway with one of the most enthusiastic teenage fan bases the Great White Way has ever seen.

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News
Courtesy Siberian Swan

As ballet's gender roles grow increasingly blurred, more men than ever are reaching new heights: the tips of their toes.

It's no longer just Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and the few pointe-clad male character parts, like in Cinderella or Alexei Ratmansky's The Bright Stream. Some male dancers are starting to experiment with pointe shoes to strengthen their feet or expand their artistic possibilities. Michelle Dorrance even challenged the men in her cast at American Ballet Theatre to perform on pointe last season (although only Tyler Maloney ended up actually doing it onstage).

The one problem? Pointe shoes have traditionally only been designed for women. Until now.

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Rant & Rave
Via Facebook

Camille Sturdivant, a former member of the Blue Valley Northwest High School dance team is suing the school district, alleging that she was barred from performing in a dance because her skin was "too dark."

The suit states that during Sturdivant's senior year, the Dazzlers' choreographer, Kevin Murakami, would not allow her to perform in a contemporary dance because he said her skin would clash with the costumes, and that she would steal focus from the other dancers because of her skin color.

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Health & Body
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You wander through the grocery aisles, sizing up the newest trends on the shelves. Although you're eager to try a new energy bar, you question a strange ingredient and decide to leave it behind. Your afternoons are consumed with research as you sort through endless stories about "detox" miracles.

What started as an innocent attempt to eat healthier has turned into a time-consuming ritual with little room for error, and an underlying fear surrounding your food choices.

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Dancers Trending
Rachel Papo

Aside from a solid warm-up, most dancers have something else they just have to do before performing. Whether it's putting on the right eyelashes before the left or giving a certain handshake before a second-act entrance, our backstage habits give us the comfort of familiar, consistent choices in an art form with so many variables.

Some call them superstitions, others call them rituals. Either way, these tiny moments become part of our work—and sometimes even end up being the most treasured part of performing.

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News
A.I.M in Andrea Miller's state. Photo by Steven Schreiber, Courtesy Google Arts & Culture

Raise your hand if you've ever gotten sucked down an informational rabbit hole on the internet. (Come on, we know it's not just us.) Now, allow us to direct you to this new project from Google Arts & Culture. To celebrate Black History Month, they've put together a newly curated collection of images, videos and stories that spotlights black history and culture in America specifically through the lens of dance—and it's pretty much our new favorite way to pass the time online.

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Just for Fun
Samantha Sturm shared an outtake from a photo shoot. Photo by Ronnie Nelson via Sturm

If you're anything like us, your Instagram feed is chock-full of gorgeous dance photos and videos. But you know what makes us fall in love with an artist even more? When they take a break from curating perfect posts and get real about their missteps. These performers' ability to move past mistakes, and even laugh them off, is one reason why they're so successful.

Every time you fall out of a pirouette, just remember: The stars—and literally every. single. dancer.—have been there, too. (Even Misty Copeland.)

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We Tried It
Brendan McCarthy, Courtesy Brrrn

Dancers today have an overwhelming array of options at their fingertips: New fitness tools, recovery trends, workouts and more that claim to improve performance, speed up recovery or enhance training.

But which of these actually meet the unique demands of dancers? In our new series, "We Tried It," we're going to find out, sampling new health and fitness trends to see if they're dancer-approved.

First up: Brrrn, the cold temperature fitness studio (the first and only of its kind, they claim) located in Manhattan.

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Rant & Rave
Matthew Murphy

I write this letter knowing full well and first-hand the financial challenges of running an arts organization. I also write this letter on behalf of dancers auditioning for your companies. Lastly, I write this letter as a member of society at large and as someone who cares deeply about the culture we are leading and the climate we create in the performing arts.

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Dance Training
Sin #2: Misaligning the spine. Photo by Erin Baiano

Throughout your dancing life, you've heard the same corrections over and over. The reason for the repetition? Dancers tend to make the same errors, sometimes with catastrophic results. Dance Magazine spoke to eight teachers about what they perceive to be the worst habits—the ones that will destroy a dancer's technique—and what can be done to reverse the damage.


Rolling In

To get a 180-degree first position, dancers will sometimes let their arches roll forward. But turnout is not about forcing your feet open; it's about opening up in the hips. “Turning out is an activity, not a position," says Irene Dowd, who teaches anatomy at the Juilliard School. “If we stop sustaining that movement, our feet will passively roll in." Rolling in places stress on the tendons of the feet and leads to injury because the rest of the body compensates for the imbalance when your knees can't line up over your toes.

Dowd warns against using only the arch to combat rolling in. “Dancers will try to lift up their arches and pull up on the inside of the ankle," she says. This can result in the inflammation of the tendons in the ankle and lead to tendinitis, a painful overuse injury that's common in dancers. What she feels are “Victorian furniture feet—feet that aren't fully in contact with the ground" should be solid in three areas: the heel, the ball of the big toe, and the ball of the little toe. Imagine how your weight is being transferred from above, through the body and down the legs, rather than gripping the foot and lifting from the arch.

Misaligning the Spine

Distorting the back, either by crunching the lumbar vertebrae and splaying the rib cage open or by hunching the shoulders forward and tucking the pelvis under, affects every other part of the body. Since the proper placement of the torso is the foundation of any movement, a dancer with a misaligned spine will develop other deadly technique sins. Problems can ripple all the way down to the extremities and upward to the neck and head. The core will be loose, unable to provide essential support. A pelvis that either tips back or tucks under will limit the range of motion in the hips.

Christine Spizzo's students at the North Carolina School of the Arts constantly work on their placement. “The one directive I give in class more than any other," she says, “is tailbone down, navel muscles lifted." She emphasizes that the tailbone lengthens downward without tucking under, and the navel muscles lift upward, not inward. This opposition allows the external rotator muscles to be actively engaged at the top of the thigh. Spizzo uses the expression the Four Ts—“no tucking, tipping, tilting, or twisting of the pelvis"—as a reminder for students.

Clenching the Toes

Clenching, curling, knuckling—no matter what it's called, this condition hampers a dancer's ability to articulate the feet. Clenched toes also make the feet an unstable platform to stand on, creating problems for the rest of the body. The muscles and tendons of the foot, knee, and ankle must work together to perform a relevé or jump, says Edward Ellison, director of Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York. Clenched toes will place unwanted stress on the joints of the legs, leading to imbalance and overuse injuries. On pointe, knuckling over can damage the bones and tendons of the feet.

Master ballet teacher Sara Neece of Ballet Arts in New York says that when the first joint of the toe presses down into the floor too hard, the second joint of the toe jams into the metatarsal. For Neece, the key to remedying clenched toes lies in “bringing sensation to those unused tendons" beneath the second joint, and teaching the toes how to work in a careful and deliberate manner. While seated, a dancer should prick the back of each clenched toe with a fingernail about 20 times. Sitting on a chair with the foot on the ground, she should drag it back toward the body, slowly raising it to demi-pointe with a forced arch. Teachers must pay attention to the response of the feet to this localized work, since overstressing the tendons can damage them. Another way to teach the toes to stretch out is to weave a strip of cloth over the second toe and alternate below and above successive toes, leaving it there during barrework and nondance activities.

Giving In to Extreme Hyperextension

Hyperextended legs, in which the straightened knee naturally curves behind the thigh and calf muscles, are prized in the world of extreme ballet bodies. Christine Spizzo sings the praise of a moderately hyperextended leg line, as the leg fits snugly in fifth position, and the arabesque looks gorgeous, with that slight curve offsetting the arch of the foot. However, dancers with extreme hyperextension must take special care. “The hyperextended dancer tends to have weak external rotator muscles," she says, so the legs are more prone to collapse in on themselves when landing from a jump, letting the body weight fall on the knees. This can result in damage to the joints that maintain the alignment of the leg, including twisted knees and sprained ankles. Even if the dancer understands how to avoid giving in to her hyperextension, she has to learn how to express herself fully while restraining her legs.

But Spizzo points to dancers such as international star Sylvie Guillem, who has used her extreme hyperextension to her advantage. The dancer must think of lengthening rather than straightening or locking the knee, even if it feels slightly bent. She must develop a heightened awareness of the turnout muscles from the top of the thigh down to the calf. “The muscles must be activated to not allow the dancer to give in to the hyperextension," says Spizzo. She uses the image of the barbershop pole to encourage dancers to apply that feeling of an infinite spiral to their legs. Somatic practices such as Pilates can help to strengthen those stabilizing turnout muscles. Spizzo insists that dancers stand with the heels together in first position and never be allowed to press back into that knee joint. To do this, “the quadriceps must remain soft. As soon as you grip, it pulls that kneecap back dangerously."

Using Unnecessary Tension

“Tension," says Daniel Lewis, dean of dance at the New World School of the Arts, “pulls you off balance. It tightens the muscles and causes injury." Stiff muscles are injury-prone muscles, which make free and confident movement impossible.

Unwanted stiffness can also limit your versatility as a dancer. “Modern dance is concerned with trying to go into space off-center and off-balance," says Mary Cochran, chair of the dance department at Barnard College. “If you spend too much time holding your body stiffly, it's hard to make the transition from working in-balance to working off-balance."

Rhythmic breathing helps dissipate tension. Think of the lungs as another limb and pace the breath with the dynamics of the music. Sustain a sense of motion in the body, even when you are still, advises Cochran. Doing so will help reverse the muscle memory of using tension as a form of stability.

Pinching Your Shoulder Blades

Although used as a strategy to open the chest in front, pinching your shoulder blades together immobilizes the back. The serratus anterior on the sides of your rib cage is so overstretched that it can't work. Edward Ellison says that pinched shoulder blades impede the freedom of the arms and the support of the upper spine. He feels that they “cause your weight to fall behind your axis, and strain the trapezius and rhomboid muscles of the back."

Irene Dowd suggests thinking about widening the tips of the shoulders to the side, to allow plenty of room for the chest. “It helps to think about the chest—full of your lungs, your heart, all those organs—as a sphere," says Dowd. “We need to have enough room for all those precious organs to breathe." To relax shoulder blades, sometimes she will tell students to focus on the movement of the hands. “Is the hand really a lively part of my being?" Dowd has her students ask. “The shoulder blade should support that hand."

Getting Stuck in a Rut

While physical habits impede progress, the deadliest sin is losing the drive to improve technique at all. Franco De Vita, principal of American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, says good technique begins with a dancer's approach to class. Being present and focused enables the dancer to learn combinations quickly—and correctly. “Not listening and changing the exercise is unacceptable," says De Vita.

Michael Vernon, chair of the ballet department at Indiana University, feels the worst thing a dancer can do “is to get fixed into doing something a certain way, being safe. I love young dancers who understand that you have to dance for tomorrow, and not yesterday." Keeping an open mind means more than just trying a different preparation for a pirouette. “Being open to new styles of dance and new ways of moving the body is vital to keeping the art relevant."

Cover Story
Portner's embrace of the unexpected has led to unexpected opportunities. Photo by Quinn Wharton for Dance Magazine

Clad in her signature loose black T-shirt and baggy gym shorts, Emma Portner is standing in a cavernous industrial space in downtown Los Angeles. A glass box—big enough to fit five dancers with only a little room to maneuver inside—sits in the middle. The five performers, Portner included, are standing inside it, side by side, palms on the glass.

"Question," Portner asks. "Are we looking at our hands?"

She steps out to watch the others try the phrase, and adds a few more steps. Quick, staccato movement, legs kicking out, torsos swiveling around, fists hitting glass. "This is a puzzle," she says, almost to herself. "I'm not sure I'll like it." The statement, like so many, is punctured with a sweet, nervous laugh.

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Dance Training
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Lately I've been having recurring dreams: I'm in an audition and I can't remember the combination. Or, I'm rehearsing for an upcoming show, onstage, and I don't know what comes next. Each time I wake up relieved that it was only a dream.

However, this is the reality of how I often felt throughout my dance career. Once I knew the steps, there was no undoing it. It was the process of getting there that haunts me to this day.

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Dance History
Bob Fosse rehearses a group of dancers for Sweet Charity's psychedelic "Rhythm of Life" sequence. Photo by Universal Pictures, Courtesy DM Archives

In the February 1969 issue of Dance Magazine, we talked to Bob Fosse about taking Sweet Charity from stage to screen. Though he already had a string of Tony Awards for Best Choreography and had spent plenty of time on film sets as a choreographer, this adaptation marked his first time sitting in the director's chair for a motion picture.

"When I started out, I wanted to be a Fred Astaire," he told us, "and after that a Jerome Robbins. But then I realized there was always somebody a dancer or choreographer had to take orders from. So I decided I wanted to become a director, namely a George Abbott. But as I got older I dropped the hero-worship thing. I didn't want to emulate anyone. Just wanted to do the things I was capable of doing—and have some fun doing them. By this time I'm glad I didn't turn out to be an Astaire, a Robbins or an Abbott." He would go on to become an Academy Award–winning director, indelibly changing musical theater in the process.

The Creative Process
Pat Boguslawski

If you've ever wondered where models get their moves, look just off-camera for Pat Boguslawski. As a movement director and creative consultant based in London, he works with top brands, fashion designers, magazines and film directors to elicit bold, photogenic movement for ad campaigns, runway shows and film. Boguslawski has collaborated with plenty of big-name talent—FKA Twigs, Hailey Baldwin, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian—and draws on his diverse experience in hip hop, contemporary dance, acting and modeling.

Dance Magazine recently asked him about how he got this career, and what it takes to thrive in it.

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Health & Body
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Let's say that today you're having a terrible time following your class's choreography and are feeling ashamed—you're always stumbling a few beats behind. Do you:

1. Admit it's your fault because you didn't study the steps last night? Tonight you'll nail them down.
2. Feel worthless and alone? You slump your shoulders, avoid eye contact with your teacher and fellow dancers, and wish to disappear.

Shame is a natural emotion that everyone occasionally feels. If you answered #1, it may be appropriate—you earned it by not studying—and positive if it motivates you to do better in the future.

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Advice for Dancers
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My hypermobility used to cause me a lot of trouble, but I've gained confidence and strength after reading about it in one of your columns. I now have a Pilates instructor who's retraining my body and helping me dance in a consistent way. Thank you!

—No Longer Anxious, Philadelphia, PA

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Dance History
Wendy Whelan spoke with Balanchine legends Allegra Kent, Kay Mazzo, Gloria Govrin and Merrill Ashley. Eduardo Patino.NYC, Courtesy NDI

George Balanchine famously wrote, that ballet "is a woman." Four of his most celebrated women—Allegra Kent, Gloria Govrin, Kay Mazzo and Merrill Ashley—appeared onstage at Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute Monday evening to celebrate his legacy. The sold-out program, called "Balanchine's Ballerinas," included performances of excerpts from ballets closely associated with these women and a discussion, moderated by former New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan. Here are some highlights of the conversation, filled with affection, warmth and fond memories.

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Breaking Stereotypes
Heather Milne, Courtesy RWB

When Catherine Wreford found out that she had brain cancer in June 2013, with doctors predicting she had only two to six years left to live, there was one thing she knew she wanted to do: dance.

She had grown up training in the recreational division at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, then went on to perform on Broadway and in musical theater productions around the country. She eventually left the stage to find more stable work, running a mortgage company and later getting a nursing degree because, she says, "I knew that I could do that for a long time."

But a diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma meant she didn't have a long time left.

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