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Houston Rockets Dance Squads Auditions this Weekend


Registration is open for auditions to join one of the Houston Rockets dance squads—Rockets Power Dancers, Little Dippers, Launch Crew, and Space City Seniors—for the upcoming NBA season, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Auditions are on July 28 for Little Dippers (boys and girls, ages 6 to 14) from 8 to 11am with parent pickup at 11:30am; Launch Crew (break dancers, pop and lockers, tumblers, jumpropers, and co-ed partner stunters) from 11am to 2pm; and Space City Seniors (co-ed senior dance team, seniors 55 and up) from 2 to 5pm.

Rockets Power Dancers (Photo by Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Power Dancer auditions are July 29 at 9am for women 18 and over. Candidates must be full-time college students or have a full-time job.

All auditions are at the Toyota Center, Houston, Texas. Check in at Bell Street entrance. For registration details, visit or call 713.758.7450.


Boston’s Red Line Tap Company Holds Auditions for Teens


Red Line Tap Company (RLTC) of Boston will hold open auditions for company members ages 13 to 18 on June 16 from 10am to 1pm at the Newburyport City Hall auditorium, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport.

Red Line Tap Company is a pre-professional tap dance company attracting performers from the suburbs of Boston and southern New Hampshire. The company is under the direction of Leo Lamontagne, a graduate of Northwestern University and founder of its TONIK Tap company. Lamontagne has toured and taught nationally with Chicago’s Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and recently performed in Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Company members attend weekly rehearsal in preparation for two annual shows, and also perform throughout the community and at tap festivals.

Parents are welcome to attend the audition and informational session to learn more about participation in RLTC. Doors open at 9:30am. To audition, please RSVP to

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Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘New’ School Holds Open Auditions


Pennsylvania Ballet has announced open auditions for the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, set to open in fall 2012—marking the re-launch of the company’s affiliated school.

Pennsylvania Ballet II director William DeGregory will be the school’s director and principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa also will serve as principal instructor.

Auditions will be held April 28 and 29 at Pennsylvania Ballet’s studios at 3502 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia. The schedule is:

  • April 28—ages 8 and 9: check-in 9:15 to 9:45am, audition class 10am to noon; ages 10 and 11: check-in 12:15 to 12:45pm, audition class 1 to 3pm
  • April 29—ages 12 to 14: check-in 9:15 to 9:45am, audition class 10am to noon; ages 15 and older: check-in 12:15 to 12:45pm, audition class 1 to 3pm

All ages indicated are as of September 1, 2012.

Auditions are for the student division (ages 8 to 18) only. School of Pennsylvania Ballet also will offer pre-ballet (ages 6 to 7) and open adult classes, with no audition required.

There is no audition fee. Girls should wear tights and a leotard. Boys should wear a white T-shirt and black tights or shorts (no long pants). Girls ages 12 and older should bring pointe shoes. Previous ballet training is not required to audition.

The deadline for audition registration is April 25. Registration forms are available at

The Louise Reed Center for Dance, Pennsylvania Ballet’s new home on the Avenue of the Arts, will be ready for occupancy in November or December, and the school will move into the new facility in January 2013. In the meantime, fall classes for Levels 4, 5, 6, and adults will be held in the current Pennsylvania Ballet studios in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. Pre-Ballet and Level 1, 2, and 3 classes will be held at a location to be determined. School of Pennsylvania Ballet staff will assign a level to each student accepted for fall 2012.

For more information, visit


NYCB Auditions Children for Roles in ‘Firebird,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’


New York City Ballet will conduct auditions for children’s roles in Saratoga performances of Firebird and Romeo and Juliet on March 18 at the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York.

The auditions, conducted by NYCB’s assistant children’s ballet mistress, Dena Abergel, will commence at 2pm. A copy of the application is available at Any questions about the auditions can be addressed to Abergel on the day of the audition.

Children are needed for the following roles:
• Five boys for Romeo and Juliet with at least three years’ ballet experience
• Fourteen girls, six flag bearers, and two little cape bearers with one to two years’ ballet experience for Firebird

The two-act ballet Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Peter Martins, was last seen at Saratoga Performing Arts Center five years ago. Firebird, choreographed by George Balanchine, features sets by Marc Chagall. Visit the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at for ticket information and performance dates.



Ballet Hispanico Plans March 10 Auditions in Boston


Ballet Hispanico of New York, an AGMA company under the artistic direction of Eduardo Vilaro, will hold open auditions for experienced male and female dancers March 10 from 11:30am to 3pm at the Cutler Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont Street, Boston.

Company repertory includes works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Andrea Miller, Ron Brown, Ramon Oller, Cayetano Soto, Pedro Ruiz, and Eduardo Vilaro.

Ballet Hispanico

Artists with strong classical and contemporary dance training are encouraged to apply. A minimum of three to five years professional dance experience is required. All dancers should enter through the main lobby and bring a current headshot and resume. Registration begins at 11am. No phone calls, please.

The company will be performing at the Cutler Majestic March 9 to 11. For tickets, visit

For more information on the company, visit


Maple Conservatory Summer Program Auditions Set for February 12


Intermediate and advanced pre-professional students can audition for the Maple Conservatory of Dance’s summer program on February 12 at the Irvine, California studio.

Maple Conservatory alumni Steven Morse and Jordan Hammond, San Francisco Ballet corps de ballet dancers (Photo courtesy Maple Conservatory)

The program runs for eight weeks, June 25 to August 17, and participants can attend for any number of weeks (two-week minimum). Summer faculty members include Pili Doheny, Kristin Hakala, Steven Inskeep, Charles Maple, Teresina Mosco, Kimberly Olmos, and Stella Viorica, with special guest faculty Tong Wong, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, Department of Dance and former Ballet West principal dancer.

The intensive curriculum includes ballet technique, pre-pointe, pointe, repertoire, female and male variations, men’s technique, conditioning, Horton technique, partnering, dance history, and workshops in stage makeup, nutrition, and injury prevention. Classes will take place Monday through Friday each week and supervised housing is available for dancers ages 13 and older.

Admission is by audition only. Times for the February 12 auditions at the studio, 1824 Kaiser Avenue, Irvine, are:

  • Males and females, ages 8 to 11: registration 1:30pm, audition class, 2 to 3:30pm.
  • Males and females, ages 12 to 24: registration 3:30pm, audition class, 4 to 5:30pm.

Dancers who cannot attend the audition should contact student manager Kimberly Olmos at 949.660.9930, ext. 27or to make an alternative arrangement.

Full details, including faculty bios, are available at


Ajkun Ballet Theatre Heads Out on Open Audition Tour of U.S. and Canada


New York City-based Ajkun Ballet Theatre is now accepting applications to audition for corps de ballet, soloist, and trainee positions, the Performing in New York summer intensive, and educational and professional choreographer grants.

Ajkun Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake (Photo courtesy Ajkun Ballet Theatre)

Dancers can audition in person or by DVD. Choreographers must pre-audition by DVD.

The schedule of open auditions in the United States and Canada includes: February 17, Dallas, Texas; February 18, Houston, Texas; February 25, Chicago, Illinois; February 26, Seattle, Washington; February 27, Vancouver, Canada; February 28, Toronto, Canada; and March 3, New York City.

European auditions will be held in February and March in London, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Milan, with additional dates in Australia in September.

Company yearly contracts are 48 weeks (full-time) and 23 to 26 weeks (part-time). Qualifying dancers may be referred for employment to AjkunBT’s Partners in Dance, a worldwide network of more 100 dance companies.

Dancers may also audition during company class or open classes. Attendance at company class is available by appointment only. Attendance at open classes in New York City is available in September, January, February, and June.

The Performing in New York intensive, set for July 21 to August 18, is designed for dancers and dance teachers ages 14 and over with backgrounds in ballet or modern/contemporary dance. The grant program for dancers and choreographers is now accepting candidates for the fiscal years 2013, 2014, and 2015.

For details, inquire at For full descriptions of positions and audition details, visit


Rockettes Summer Intensive Auditions Hopefuls in Orlando


Aspiring dancers can get a taste of the famed Rockettes’ training by auditioning in Orlando on January 8 for the Rockettes Summer Intensive training program at Radio City Music Hall.

The Orlando Sentinel said the Rockettes Summer Intensive, founded in 2001, offers aspiring dancers the opportunity to train with the world-famous Rockettes, learn their signature precision dance technique, and perhaps be one step closer to joining the company. Forty-seven program participants have later joined the Rockettes.

The intensive is a weeklong program, with various starting dates from June 24 to August 3, held in the Radio City studios where the Rockettes rehearse. The program runs daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm, following a curriculum that focuses on original choreography and formations from the Rockette repertoire. The program includes a student showcase and evening group education seminars.

Dancers must be at least 14 years of age (by June 22, 2012) with a minimum of five years training in tap, jazz, and ballet. Tuition is $995.

The Orlando audition will be held January 8 at 11am at the Dance Centers of Orlando, 7800 S. U.S. 17-92, Suite 144, Fern Park. For more information on the Rockettes Summer Intensive, or to register, go to


January Auditions Planned for Brooklyn Festival


Auditions will held in January for choreographers eager to participate in the 2012 UPSTART Festival, organized by BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.

The festival is a two-day showcase of performances and roundtable discussions that welcomes new dancers and choreographers into New York City’s dance community, curated by Shannon Hummel, founder/director of Cora Dance, and Marya Warshaw, BAX founding and executive director.

Participating artists should have no more than three years of experience showing choreography in the city. BAX will begin taking calls for audition time slots on January 6 at 10am, and all slots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Live auditions will be held January 21 from 1 to 7pm and January 22 from noon to 5pm.

UPSTART Festival performances will be held March 23 and 24 at 8pm and March 25 at 6pm.

Past UPSTART artists include: Heidi Carlsen, Courtney Cooke, Lindsey Drury, devynn emory/beast productions, Moriah Evans & Sarah Beth Percival, (Jo) Sau Yin Leung, Malcolm Jason Low, Katherine Partington, Simone Sobers in collaboration with Val-Inc., Donna Costello, Kamaria Dailey, Katie Dean, SINecdoche Dance/Belinda He, Creature Theater/CJ Holm, Ani Javian, Jacob Slominsky, Rebecca Stronger/STRONGERCircus, and Sarah Zitnay.

For more information about auditions, call 718.832.0018 or visit



New Jersey Ballet Searches for Mother Ginger’s Dancing Darlings


New Jersey Ballet will hold an audition October 17 to fill the roles of Mother Ginger’s clown children in the company’s annual production of The Nutcracker, says

Auditions will be held at 4:30pm on the stage at bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ. Children must be between the ages of 7 and 13 and have at least two years of ballet and/or gymnastics training. Children selected will perform with the professional cast during performances on December 3 at 4:30pm, and December 4 at 1 and 4:30pm.

Children must be available to rehearse on the six Sundays starting October 23 through November 27 from 12:30 to 3:00pm. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled immediately prior to performance dates. Interested children or their parents are urged to register for the audition by calling New Jersey Ballet, 973.597.9600.

To see the full story, visit For more information on New Jersey Ballet, visit



New Boston Dance Ensemble Seeks Strong Ballet/Modern Dancers


Jean Appolon will hold an open audition for dancers with strong modern and ballet technique October 23 from 2 to 3pm at the Dance Complex, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jean Appolon Expressions is a newly-established ensemble based in Boston/Cambridge with the goal of preserving and exposing the traditions, culture, and history of Haiti. The ensemble includes Appolon, seven dancers, and four drummers who perform locally as well as conduct community outreach in the U.S. and Haiti.

Please bring a headshot and resume (stapled together). There is no charge for the audition. A pre-audition modern class will be held from 11am to 12:30pm. Cost is $13.

Rehearsals will be Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, with occasional Sundays. Ensemble members will be paid for shows and have out-of-town transportation covered. For more information, contact Appolon at 917.346.5564 or


Children Needed for Contemporary Version of ‘The Nutcracker’


Peridance Capezio Center in New York City will hold a children’s audition for Igal Perry’s The Nuctracker: A Contemporary Look on September 25 from 1 to 3pm.

Roles to be cast include party scene dancers, mice, and soldiers. The audition is open to children ages 8 to 12, and no ballet training is required. All rehearsals and performances will take place at Peridance Capezio Center, 126 East 13th Street. All performers cast must commit to the full rehearsal and performance schedule.


This version of The Nutcracker weaves hip-hop, modern, and ballet together and is set to excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s original score as well as new music for a new take on the classic ballet. The performance showcases a cast of more than 60 dancers, including young students from The School at Peridance, pre-professionals from the Certificate Program and the International Student Programs, and professional dancers from the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

Performances are set for December 17 at 8:30pm, followed by a reception, and December 18 at 2 and 7:30pm. To register for the children’s audition, please contact Shelley Grantham at More details can be found at


Melrose Youth Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ Auditions Open to Public


The Melrose Youth Ballet will hold open auditions for its 16th annual production of The Nutcracker on September 18 at Corinthian Hall, 523 Franklin Street, Melrose, Massachusetts. 

The Nutcracker will be performed December 2 to 4 at Memorial Hall in Melrose. All ballet dancers who audition will be cast in the production. The audition schedule is: ages 7 to 8, 1 to 2pm; ages 9 to 11, 2 to 3:15pm; ages 12 and up (no pointe work), 3:15 to 4:30pm; ages 13 to 15 (pointe work included in audition), 4:45 to 6:15pm; and ages 16 to 18 (pointe work included in audition), 6:15 to 8pm.

Audition dress code is black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers and/or pointe shoes with hair in a bun for girls; black dance tights, shorts, or pants, white leotard, tank or T-shirt, and black ballet slippers for boys.

An audition fee of $25 is due at time of registration. If interested, email in advance for audition details. Anyone unable to attend auditions should contact MYB directly at 781.665.4MYB (4692) for information on a makeup audition.

MYB is a non-profit organization that serves the surrounding communities with special school and senior citizen performances each year, as well as four other performances open to the public. One hundred to 150 dancers from surrounding communities enrolled in various dance schools participate each year. For details, visit


‘Billy Eliot’ On the Lookout for Quirky Ballet Girls


Billy Elliot the Musical will hold its second annual open call for Ballet Girls at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 West 44th Street, New York City, on September 17, according to

Signup begins at 10am. Billy Elliot is on the lookout for dancers from ages 8 to 12 in a variety of shapes and sizes (tiny, chubby, lanky, quirky, etc.) with strong tap skills, expressive character, and lots of personality—not the “traditional” ballerina.

Billy Elliot’s Ballet Girls (Photo courtesy

Billy Elliot—winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical—follows its title character, a young boy in a British coal-mining town, as his passion for ballet inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.

Ballet Girl hopefuls can enter to win a priority audition spot and Billy Elliot Prize Pack through a contest on the Billy Eliot Facebook page. Each week photo entries will be displayed on Facebook, with one winner announced on September 14. Visit for official rules and more information.


Roxey Ballet Seeks Dancers Ages 4 to 18 for ‘Nutcracker’


New Jersey’s Roxey Ballet will hold open auditions September 10 for dancers ages 4 to 18 for the company’s holiday production of The Nutcracker.

Roxey Ballet is a contemporary ballet company with an extensive New Jersey season and schedule of local, national, and international touring. The company was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1995.

Auditions will be held at Canal Studios, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville, New Jersey. There is a $30 audition fee. Dancers should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the audition and wear classical ballet attire.

Audition times are:

  • Ages 4 to 6, noon to 12:30pm
  • Ages 7 to 10, 12:30 to 1pm
  • Ages 11 to 13, 1 to 1:30pm
  • Ages 14 to 18, 1:30 to 2pm

The anniversary production of The Nutcracker opens Thanksgiving weekend at The College of New Jersey’s Kendal Hall. For more information and to pre-pay for the audition, visit


Medford Civic Ballet Plans August Auditions


The Medford [Oregon] Civic Ballet will begin auditioning dancers for its Nutcracker Ballet and Story Ballet beginning August 22. Interested dancers should call Mary Cowden Snyder, artistic director for the Medford Civic Ballet and Dance Arts Center, at 541.772.1362 to schedule an audition.

In other Dance Arts Center news, the studio will hold Ballet Fashion Show Tea Parties for children, teens, and adults on August 26 and 27. The Dance Arts Center, 9 Hawthorne Street, Medford, Oregon, will be celebrating its 30th year this season. For more information on programs, visit


Peridance Company to Hold Audition July 31


Peridance Contemporary Dance Company will hold an audition for advanced/professional dancers at 4pm Sunday, July 31, at Peridance Capezio Center, 126 E. 13th Street, New York City.

The company seeks contemporary dancers with strong ballet technique.  Contemporary pointe work for women is a plus. The audition will consist of a short ballet class followed by repertory. There will be an audition fee of $15.

To be considered for the company, dancers must submit a CV, headshot, and dance photo to prior to July 30.  All three documents should be submitted in the same email, subject: Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Audition. 


Gold School’s Project Moves Auditions Set for June 18


Open auditions will be held June 18 for the Project Moves intensive division of The Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts.

Project Moves dancers study with industry professionals on the Gold School full time faculty and guest artists, maintaining a rigorous and challenging training program throughout the school year. Technical classes include ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, musical theatre, hip-hop, conditioning, and Pilates.

Audition times: ages 6 to 9, 10 to 11:30am; ages 10 to 12, 11:30 to 1:30pm; and ages 13 and up, 1:30 to 4:30pm. For more program and audition details, visit

In other news, Project Moves will be bringing an hour-long version of its “accept ME” dance concert to the Oliver Ames High School, Easton, Massachusetts, on June 14 at 7:30pm. A benefit performance for the Oliver Ames High School Gay Straight Alliance, the concert will be followed by a Q & A session with dancers and the audience.

The show was inspired by the anti-bullying activist work of Kevin Epling, who lost his son Matt to bullycide in 2002. Through “accept ME,” director Rennie Gold and the dancers of Project Moves created a mixed art, multimedia event with the goal of giving voice to all those wounded by the bullying epidemic.

Tickets are now on sale for the evening-length “accept ME” concert, which will be presented by the Project Moves dancers July 24 at 7:30pm at The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue, New York City. To purchase, visit


Strong Male Jazz/Modern Dancers Needed by Urbanity Dance


Boston’s Urbanity Dance will hold auditions to fill three positions for male company dancers June 5 from noon to 2pm at the Boston Ballet studios, Clarendon Street, Boston.

Dancers should plan to register and warm up ahead of time. They are welcome to warm up by taking company class before the audition, 10 to 11:30am, also at Boston Ballet. Full casting decisions will be made by mid-June. There is no cost to attend the auditions or class. Female dancers are welcome, the company says.

Urbanity Dance (Photo courtesy Urbanity Dance)

Urbanity Dance is casting for a variety of opportunities, including summer/fall touring festivals (including a performance at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival on August 24), an interactive fall revue, a Western Massachusetts tour set for mid-February 2012, and a May 2012 show of contemporary works by guest choreographers and company dancers.

Dancers should have strong ballet/jazz/modern foundations. Pre-registration encouraged. Email photo and bio or resume to More details are available at


BoSoma Dance Holds Auditions for Company Positions


The BoSoma Dance Company, a Boston company founded upon the belief that dance should be an accessible art form that transcends borders of social background and culture, will hold open auditions this spring.

BoSoma Dance Company (Photo by Wan Blackheart)

Audition dates are April 16 from 4 to 6pm at Mass Motion Dance, 50 N. Beacon Street, Allston, and May 15 from 3 to 5pm at The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Avenue, Cambridge.

BoSoma collaborates with local musicians and visual artists in the belief that it is mutually beneficial for arts organizations to work together and develop partnerships for sustainability.

To reserve your place in an audition or for more information, visit or email Applicants do not have to attend both auditions. Please bring a resume and head shot.


Workshop/Audition Upcoming for Perceptions Contemporary Dance


Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company will hold a four-day workshop/audition April 5 to 8 at Dance Theatre Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, New York City.

The workshop is geared toward intermediate and advanced dancers. Cost is $15 per class. Each class will include instruction in PCDC movement style and repertoire. Classes begin with the company warm-up and combinations, and conclude with sections of repertoire in which students will focus on telling stories through movement.

The company is looking for three dancers for the 2011-12 season, as well as guest artists to work on a new evening-length piece. Dancers can use the workshop as an audition, and while encouraged to attend all four days, can audition by attending one class. Dancers interested in auditioning should email a headshot and resume and pre-register online at Workshop space is limited; pre-registration is required.


‘Billy Elliot’ Seeks Adult Male/Female Dancers for Tour


Equity auditions for adult ensemble dancers will be held in April for the second national tour of Billy Elliot—The Musical, according to

Billy Elliot is the 2009 winner of 10 Tony Awards including: Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Book and Lyrics of a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

Cast members needed include men and women of all ages, shapes, and sizes with excellent tap and dance skills and strong singing voices. Ensemble will play miners, officials, parents, ballet school applicants, friends, and other featured specialties. Members also may understudy the principals.

Auditions will be held April 19 at Chelsea Studios, 151 W 26th Street, fifth floor, New York. Call for female Equity dancers is at 10am; male Equity dancers at 2pm.

Please be warmed up and ready to dance when the call begins. Bring tap and character shoes or dance sneakers. Some may be asked to stay and sing after all have danced. Bring sheet music in correct key, plus picture and resume (stapled together). Visit for details.


Jacob’s Pillow Holds Final Set of Auditions for Summer Program


The School at Jacob’s Pillow will hold final in-person auditions for two of its professional advancement programs, contemporary and jazz/musical theater dance, this weekend in New York.

Led by acclaimed dance artists, auditions are structured as a master class (no cuts are made) and provide an opportunity to take a professional class, gain audition experience, and learn more about The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

The contemporary audition will be led by program director Milton Myers, resident choreographer/instructor for Philadanco and on the faculty at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fordham University’s Ailey Program, and The Juilliard School.

The jazz/musical theater dance audition will cover multiple jazz dance styles, including tap. It will be led by Bill Hastings, who has appeared in more than 50 Broadway and touring productions of The Most Happy Fella, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Rags, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, and Sweet Charity, among others. The vocal portion of the audition will be with an accompanist and requires two songs from published musical theater works.

The contemporary audition will be held March 26, with registration from 1 to 1:45pm and the class from 2 to 4pm in Studio 4 at New York City Center Studios, 130 West 56th Street. The jazz/musical theater dance audition will be held March 27 with registration from 1 to 1:45pm and class from 2 to 5pm at Chelsea Studios, Theatreworks/USA, 151 West 26th Street.

Auditions are open to advanced dancers, ages 15 and up. No pre-registration required. There is a $15 cash-only audition fee. For more information, specific audition guidelines, and additional 2011 program details, visit


Top Faculty Ready to Roll at the Peridance Summer Intensive


Auditions for the Peridance Summer Intensive will be held March 20 and April 17 from 2:30 to 4pm at the Peridance Capezio Center, 126 East 13th Street, New York.

The intensive for dancers ages 14 to 18 will run July 5 to 30. Faculty already on board include: Igal Perry, Peridance artistic director; Jose Manuel Carreño, American Ballet Theatre principal; Susan Jaffe, former ABT principal; Luc de Lairesse, international master teacher; Andrea Miller, Gallim Dance artistic director; and Sidra Bell, Sidra Bell Dance New York artistic director.

Also, Jana Hicks, co-artistic director of The Next Stage Project; choreographer Korhan Basaran; Mary Ann Lamb and Mary Macleod of Chicago and Fosse; Bill Hastings, Broadway veteran of more than 50 musicals and plays; Nina Goldman of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; and Marnie Thomas, a former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer.

DVD auditions will be accepted until April 1. Contact Laura Burton at or visit for information.


Last Chance to Audition for Season 8 of ‘SYTYCD’


Calling all dancers—the final open audition for Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance will be held March 12 and 13 at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles.

SYTYCD hits L.A.(Image courtesy Fox TV)

Registration begins March 12 at 8am, with callbacks set for March 13 at 1:30pm before judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Tyce Diorio. Top dancers will be given a ticket to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance.

Dancers must be either U.S. citizens, permanent legal U.S. residents, or possess a current legal Employment Authorization Card enabling them to seek employment freely in the United States (i.e., without restrictions as to employer) by the date specified in the eligibility rules. Dancers must be no younger than 18 and no older than 30 on the first day they register for auditions. Any dancer who is a minor in his/her state of residence must also have a parent or legal guardian sign all required documents. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check for full eligibility rules.


Shen Wei Auditions Male Dancers for Met Performance


Shen Wei Dance Arts seeks four or five male dancers to perform in a site-specific dance work in the Charles Engelhard Court in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, June 6 and 13. The event is part of the Metropolitan Museum Concert series.

An audition will be held March 11 from 2 to 6pm at the Park Avenue Armory, fourth floor. This is a paid project and dancers must be able to attend all the following rehearsal and performance dates: April 4 to 8, May 2 to 7, May 10 and 11, May 23 to 27, May 31, and June 6 and 13.

Please arrive at the audition check-in at 1:45pm sharp with resume in hand. The Park Avenue Armory is located at 643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets.

For more information, call 212.962.1113 or visit


The PULSE Teams Up With ‘America’s Got Talent’ to Find Contestants


The PULSE on Tour is working with the executive producers of America’s Got Talent to find dance and variety acts to appear on the upcoming Season 6 of the popular television show.

Interested representatives can submit one or more routines from potential contestants, according to Brian Friedman, PULSE creative director and consulting producer of America’s Got Talent. Routines can be a solo, duo, group, line, or production piece, with any number of dancers (no minimum or maximum number required.). Dancers can be of any age. There is no time limitation on the number.

Routines must be submitted by February 20 via Internet link, such as a download or a YouTube selection, to Include all contact information for the group’s representative, along with names and ages of participants and any “back stories” of interest. Groups will be contacted with a decision within a few weeks.


ADF Provides Scholarships for Summer Program


Beginning in March, the American Dance Festival will visit 13 cities to audition students who plan to apply for the 2011 ADF Six Week School (6WS) tuition scholarships.

The ADF School will coincide with the festival’s 78th season, running June 9 to July 23 in Durham, North Carolina. Applications for the ADF School are available at

Each summer the ADF School provides professional training programs for students, choreographers, and teachers. The school invites students of all levels to participate in the creative laboratory, learning from outstanding faculty, musicians, and scholars. Former ADF scholarship students have gone on to dance with major companies such as Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company.

Tuition scholarships are offered to promising students who have a high level of technical ability and creative potential, and who have experience in either performing or choreographing, based on both ability and financial need. In 2010, 52 percent of ADF School students were offered tuition scholarships. Award amounts range from $200 to full tuition ($1,975), though they don’t cover room/board fees, living expenses, or transportation to the festival.

Students should bring the following to each audition:

  • completed Six Week School application with the accompanying $40 application fee
  • a 90-second solo (choreographed or improvised)
  • copy of the students’ or the students’ parents’ 2010 federal income tax Form 1040 (the first page only)

Auditions will run March 8 to April 3 and are scheduled for Tallahassee, FL; Allentown, PA; Keene, NH; Akron, OH; Moscow, ID; Northfield, MN; La Cruces, NM; Elon, NC; Long Beach and San Francisco, CA; Durham, NC; Wichita, KA; and New York City. Visit for additional information.


Backhausdance’s Platform 2011 Includes Workshops, Mentoring


Backhausdance has announced a call for submissions for the first annual production of Platform, a weekend focused on up-and-coming, pre-professional dancers and choreographers, to be held June 3 to 5 in Irvine, California. The event is presented in partnership with the Irvine Valley College Dance Department. Performance submission deadline is February 18.

Workshops included in Platform 2011 (Photo courtesy Backhausdance)

Platform seeks to foster the artistic growth of emerging choreographers and young performers through artist mentoring, performance opportunities, and a two-day workshop taught by respected dance specialists. Each piece selected for the three-day concert performance will receive personal feedback and choreography review from artistic director Jennifer Backhaus. Performers are also invited to a complimentary Performance Enhancement Workshop with Backhaus. Platform performances will be held June 3 and 4 at 7:30 pm, and June 5 at 2:00 pm.

Also, registration begins March 1 for Platform 2011: The Workshop and Backhausdance Summer Intensive with Backhaus and other master teachers. Workshop classes are open to the entire dance community, ages 14 and up, training at a high-intermediate to advanced/professional level. Classes will be held June 4 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm and June 5 from 10:00 am to noon at the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.

More information, such as submission details and a performance application, is available at


Oklahoma City Ballet Holds Auditions for 2011-2012 season


Oklahoma City Ballet will audition dancers for its 2011-2012 season February 19 in Chicago, Illinois, and March 6 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Professional-level dancers are encouraged to audition. Bring a resume and full-body dance shot to the audition. Women should be prepared to dance on pointe. Repertoire includes classical and contemporary by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Antony Tudor, Robert Mills, Amy Seiwert, Helen Pickett, and Jessica Lang. Contracts are for 30 weeks with a competitive salary, full health insurance, partial dental, free chiropractic care, and physical therapy.

Dancers interested in auditioning can call 405.843.9898 and ask for Jacob Sparso to reserve an audition spot for either day: February 19 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Lou Conte Dance Studio, Chicago; or March 6 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Oklahoma City Ballet Studios. Visit for information.


GroundWorks DanceTheater Looking for Experienced Male Dancer


GroundWorks DanceTheater of Cleveland, Ohio is seeking an experienced and versatile male dancer proficient in ballet, contemporary, and modern techniques to join the company.

GroundWorks is dedicated to the creation of new work, and artists are given the opportunity to work closely with the artistic director, David Shimotakahara, as well as with nationally and internationally recognized choreographers and composers.

Auditions are by appointment only. Those interested in an audition should send a brief video/work sample, headshot, and resume to or
GroundWorks DanceTheater, P.O. Box 18191, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118

Compensation is based on an annual contract starting at $20,000 with benefits. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a valid Green Card. Visit or call 216.691.3180 for details.


BalletMet Seeks New Members for Professional Company


BalletMet Columbus has announced audition dates for male and female dancers in New York and Columbus, Ohio, for its professional company for the 2011-12 season.

The company offers a 36-week AGMA contract with year-round benefits. Trainee positions are also available. BalletMet annually presents more than 60 performances at home and on tour through five different repertoire programs and its production of The Nutcracker.

“BalletMet’s diverse repertoire requires that dancers have a strong classical technique coupled with a good aptitude for contemporary movement,” says artistic director Gerard Charles. “Interested dancers must demonstrate the strength to be a soloist and also the willingness to fully participate in corps de ballet work.”

Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet, an innovative regional company, has added more than 150 company premieres to its repertoire and produced more than 120 world premieres.

Audition dates and times:

  • February 27, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., New York City Center Studios, 130 West 56th Street, New York; doors open at noon.
  • March 6, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., BalletMet Dance Centre, 322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio; doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Men 5-foot-8-inches tall and above and women up to 5-foot-7-inches tall are asked to bring a resume and a dance photo. Women should wear pointe shoes. Auditions will consist of a short barre (be warmed up to begin), center work, repertoire, and partnering. For more information, contact Rebecca Rodriguez-Hodory at 614.586.8623 or For updates on audition schedules, visit


Ailey School Plans Auditions for Professional Division Programs


The Ailey School has announced the following audition dates for acceptance to its full-time professional division programs for the 2011-2012 academic school year. Online registration for auditions is available.

The audition will consist of a ballet class and a modern class. Resumes, photographs, and solo performances are not required. Applicants will be notified of acceptance via email within three weeks of the audition. Applicants must comply with the school dress code (visit link for school dress code on web page listed below). For more information on how to audition, visit

The following auditions are for the certificate program, independent study program, and summer intensive program:

  • Houston, TX, January 15 at noon, Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 4001 Stanford Street
  • Tallahassee, FL, January 17 at noon, Florida State University, 215 Montgomery Hall 130, Collegiate Loop
  • Boston, MA, January 23 at noon, Jeanette Neill Dance Studio, 261 Friend St., fifth floor.
  • Washington, DC, January 29 at 2:00 p.m., Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th Street NW
  • Los Angeles, CA, February 4, noon (ages 18 and older), 4:00 p.m. (ages 12-17);
    Performing Arts Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA, February 7 at 3:00 p.m., San Francisco Ballet, 455 Franklin Street
  • Atlanta, GA, February 12 at noon, Atlanta Ballet, 1400 West Peachtree St. NW
  • Baltimore, MD, February 18 at 4:30 p.m., Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral Street
  • St. Petersburg, FL, February 25 at 1:00 p.m., Gibbs High School, 850 34th Street South
  • Miami, FL, February 26 at noon, New World School of the Arts, 25 N.E. 2nd Street
  • Toronto, Canada, March 6 at noon, National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street
  • Detroit, MI, March 7 at 4:30 p.m., Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway
  • New York, NY, March 13 at 11:00 a.m., The Ailey School, 405 West 55th Street (summer intensive program junior division only, ages 12-15)
  • New York, NY, April 3, 10:00 a.m. (women), 3:00 p.m. (men); The Ailey School (fellowship program only, summer 2011 term, pre-registration not required)
  • New York, NY, April 10 at noon, The Ailey School

Baltimore Modern Dance Company Holds Auditions


Full Circle Dance Company of Baltimore, Maryland, will hold open auditions for new company members on December 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Morton Street Dance Center, Baltimore.

Full Circle Dance Company focuses on modern dance. (Photo by Matt Roth)

Under the direction of Donna L. Jacobs, Full Circle is a multiethnic professional ensemble that performs choreography from a variety of modern dance traditions. Since it was founded in 2000, Full Circle has built a strong body of work that tackles challenging thematic topics through personal explorations and collaboration with artists from other disciplines and the general public.

Dancers should bring a resume and headshot (if available) and be prepared to take an advanced level company class and learn repertory material. Men and ethnic minorities are encouraged to audition. Company rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Questions can be addressed to or 410.235.9003. See the company website at for directions to Morton Street Dance Center plus photos, videos, press, and additional information about the ensemble.


Choreographer Sue Samuels Seeks Strong Dancers for Jazz Roots Company


The Jazz Roots Dance Company, dedicated to the preservation of classical jazz dance forms, will hold an audition October 23 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Ailey Studios, 405 West 55th Street at Ninth Avenue, New York City.

Jazz Roots Dance Company holds an audition Saturday. (Photo by Billy Grey)

The company is looking for dancers ages 18 to 26 with strong training in ballet and jazz. Musical theater training is helpful. All hopefuls should bring a picture and resume and take the Broadway jazz class taught by the company’s founder, choreographer Sue Samuels. Company rehearsals will be held Saturdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Jazz Roots Dance Company aims to entertain and educate the younger generation about the roots of jazz dance. Samuels’ students have included Melba Moore, Brooke Shields, Irene Cara, and other stage and film stars. Her performance and choreographic credits include lead dancer and assistant choreographer in Got Tu Go Disco at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway, The Johnny Hallyday Show in Paris, and The Brazil Export Show in Rio de Janeiro, as well as TV commercials, telethons, and industrials.

For more information, visit


Auditions for TV’s The Fresh Beat Band


Dance auditions for the second season of Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band will be held March 15—at 10 A.M. for girls and 2 P.M. for boys—at the Debbie Reynolds Studio in North Hollywood, California, with callbacks the following day.

Dancers should look as though they attend high school (boys should be clean-shaven) and be prepared to learn hip-hop choreography and possibly freestyle. The choreographer is Chuck Maldonado, assisted by Meisha Lee. Even dancers who worked on the show last season should audition because Nickelodeon executives will attend the callbacks.

The Fresh Beat Band is a live-action musical sitcom set to original pop songs with preschool-friendly lyrics. Marina, Kiki, Twist, and Shout are the Fresh Beats—four best friends in a band who go to music school together.

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