Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/11/18.
In preparation for the 2019 summer dance program audition season, Eden Huhn has put together a helpful resource for dance parents and students, with information about programs, locations, and dates.
Even if you're unsure about your readiness for summer dance programs (in skill level or financially), auditioning for summer programs is a great way to gain experience and confidence, and get good feedback from national dance instructors and program directors. We highly encourage our dancers to attend at least one each year.
Don't forget, Trinity Arts Center's Summer Dance Intensive is the week of June 10th through the 14th this year and will be featuring Valery Lantratov (for an entire week this time) and our own Brielle Rathbun, plus some other surprises. We'll announce complete info about that in February, but save the date, and make plans to attend.
Summer Intensive 2019 Schedule
Hello all! Eden here, offering my 2 cents on summer intensives and auditions. Below is a list of some of the best ranking companies (and some of my personal favorites) and their respective audition dates/ locations. As you’ll see, there is a myriad of companies worth looking into, and I tried to make my list as comprehensive as I could (i.e., it’s a long list). Before scrolling down, I have a few thoughts:
- Acclaimed/recommended Christian studios; do not require auditions (just applications):
- Ballet Magnificat
- Dance Ad Deum
- Storling Dance Theater or Marc Wayne’s Summer Intensive (both in Kansas; not sure about housing offered).
- Project Dance’s Kick it Up Intensive
- AND OF COURSE Trinity Arts Center’s Summer Dance Intensive :D - Info Coming Soon!
- Off the top of my head, these companies offer more diverse dance styles (rather than primarily classical ballet):
- Big muddy dance company (no audition required)
- UNCSA has a contemporary program
- Joffrey has a jazz intensive
- Cary Ballet Conservatory has a Jazzfest (looks good, but 2019 dates/ info is not available yet)
- Keep in mind: If you are interested in an audition but cannot make it to an audition site, most companies accept video auditions. However, I recommend attending the audition for better chances of acceptance. In my list, I have included auditions in both Atlanta and Winston-Salem (the closest audition sites to JC).
- If you’ve never been to an audition before, note: Lots of companies require audition fees of $30 to $40, a picture of your 1st arabesque/ a la seconde, a headshot, and pre-registration is helpful. Most places only want girls wearing black leotard and pink tights, and sometimes pointe shoes for advanced dancers. All of these notes should be on the company’s website.
- If you are considering auditioning but are hesitant/ do not know what company might be a good fit for you, don’t hesitate to talk to Me, Colin, or Mary. We’ve all been through this whole process many many times and would love to talk to you guys. I know that many of you may not be considering professional careers in ballet, but I would recommend the experience of an audition regardless. Summer auditions offer tremendously valuable experience, and sometimes can help you decide if a professional career seems on track with what you really want.
- Notes: Gelsey Kirkland Academy and Cary Ballet Conservatory's 2019 dates are not yet available .
1.5.19 - Boston Ballet, times differ according to age
1.5.19 - Ellison Ballet, 5 or 6:30pm
1.6.19 - Ballet Austin, 6-8pm
1.11.19 - Walnut Hill, 6:30-8pm
1.13.19 - Alonzo King Lines Ballet
1.13.19 - Ballet West, 10:30am-12pm
1.13.19 - Next Gen, 12pm-2pm
1.18.19 - Kansas City Ballet, 7-8:30
1.21.19 - The School of American Ballet (SAB), times differ
1.21.19 - Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, 6:30-8:30
1.25.19 - Harid Conservatory, 6:30-8:00
1.27.19 - Houston Ballet, 11 or 12:30
1.27.19 - Kansas City Ballet, 1pm
1.27.19 - Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 2pm
1.27.19 - Louisville Ballet
2.1.19 - Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), 7pm
2.2.19 - Miami City
2.10.19 - American Ballet Theatre (ABT), times differ
2.17.19 - Joffrey, NY, 3pm ish or something
2.18.19 - The Rock School, 11-1
2.24.19 - Alvin Ailey School, 12 or 2
1.13.19 - Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), 9am
1.13.19 - Boston Ballet, times differ according to age
1.19.19 - Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), 8:30am
1.19.19 - Houston Ballet, 12 or 1:45
1.19.19 - Ballet Austin, 5-7pm
1.21.19 - American Ballet Theatre (ABT), times differ according to age
1.27.19 - Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 12:30pm
2.23.19 - The Rock School, 12:30-2:30