Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/09/19.
In preparation for the 2020 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 1st through the 5th this year and is a great way to expose your dancers to the intensive environment, and make connections with national teachers. We'll announce complete info about that in February, but save the date, and make plans to attend.
Summer Intensive 2020 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 youíll see, there is a myriad of companies worth looking into, and I tried to make my list as comprehensive as I could (i.e., itís 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
- Project Danceís Kick it Up Intensive
- AND OF COURSE Trinity Arts Centerís 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):
- 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 sites that are relatively close to JC.
- If youíve never been to an audition before, note: Lots of companies require audition fees of at least $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 companyís website.
- 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.
1.04.20 Next Generation Ballet (12:30pm)
1.05.20 Joffrey Ballet NYC (ballet, jazz/contemporary, musical theatre)
1.05.20 Miami City Ballet
1.05.20 Ellison Ballet (early afternoon, times vary)
1.05.20 Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (3pm)
1.11.20 Harid Conservatory (5pm)
1.11.20 Kansas City Ballet (6:45pm)
1.12.20 Ballet West (1pm)
1.12.20 Boston Ballet (times vary)
1.17.20 Pacific Northwest Ballet (7pm)
1.19.20 Alonzo King Lines (1pm)
1.19.20 Nashville Ballet (2pm)
1.19.20 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (2pm)
1.25.20 San Francisco Ballet (evening, times vary)
1.25.20 Ballet Austin (6:15pm)
1.26.20 The Rock (10am)
1.26.20 Houston Ballet (early afternoon, times vary)
1.26.20 American Ballet Theatre (times vary)
1.26.20 School of American Ballet (times vary)
2.08.20 Louisville Ballet (3:30pm)
2.09.20 Richmond Ballet (2:30pm)
2.16.20 Joffrey Ballet NYC (ballet, jazz/contemporary auditions)
2.22.20 Alvin Ailey (evening, times vary)
1.18.20 Boston Ballet (times vary)
1.18.20 Nashville Ballet (9am)
1.19.20 Ellison Ballet (morning, times vary)
1.19.20 Houston Ballet (late afternoon, times vary)
1.20.20 Ballet Austin (1pm)
1.20.20 Pacific Northwest Ballet (4:30pm)
2.01.20 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (3pm)
2.02.20 Richmond Ballet (5pm)
2.16.20 American Ballet Theatre (times vary)
2.23.20 Kansas City Ballet (1:30pm)