Don’t Miss Out This Summer!

Are you feeling left out? Everyone is announcing their summer intensive commitments and you don’t have somewhere to go? Did you miss audition season due to injury, travel restrictions, or just didn’t know? Don’t worry! We got you covered.

Every year from January to early March, ballet world becomes a little harder to navigate. This is also known as audition season. And yes, it also overlaps with the competitive ballet season, which makes it that much harder to navigate. But hopefully this will help you navigate your next steps.

Summer intensives are programs hosted over the summer for dancers to rev their training up. Because school is out, summer is the perfect time to accelerate training. Summer is also the time where young dancers will fly around the world to “test out” professional ballet companies through attending a summer intensive attached to a professional school. Here, dancers will see if they are ready to go away, build connections, and make impressions on future employers. But, summer intensive isn’t for everyone.

Sometimes, you just aren’t ready to go away to one of these major programs (check out the 2022 Summer Intensive Guide). You might be behind in technique, you might not want to be a ballet dancer, and sometimes, the cost is overwhelming. If you are interested in heading out to a summer course, check out these programs that are “affordable”, they offer amazing training, and are still accepting students!


Adeline Dunlap, Elite Classical Coaching

Elite Classical Coaching (Frisco, TX)

Elite Classical Coaching is offering 9 full weeks of summer training. Their flexible schedule allows dancers to either pick a week, or attend for all nine weeks. Founded and directed by award-winning Catherine Lewellen, Elite Classical Coaching has established itself as one of the premiere schools in the United States.

For more information you can visit their website:

Cary Ballet Conservatory (Cary, North Carolina)

Directed by YAGP finals Outstanding Teacher Award, Mariaelena Ruiz, Cary Ballet Conservatory will be hosting their summer intensive June 29 – July 30, 2022.

For more information you can visit their website:

Classical Training Program at The Dallas Conservatory (Dallas, Texas)

A newly established program at the Dallas Conservatory, this new program is directed by George Birkadze and Ashley Ellis (founder of Rubia Wear) will be June 27-July 1, 2022.

For more information you can visit their website:

Claire Wirrick, The Ballet Clinic

A Ballet Education’s The Ballet Clinic (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Headed by award-winning David King and Ashley Lorraine Baker, the Ballet Clinic offers two programs. No audition needed as we are interested in all dancers, levels, and body types. This boutique training course caters directly to the individual to achieve the fastest results for dancers ages 8-18.

Dates: July 10-23, 2022.

For more information you can visit their website:

Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet (Laguna Hills, California)

From July 5-August 12, 2022, this many times over award-winning school and faculty will be hosting their summer course. Headed by Dmitri and Jennifer Kulev, this Orange County school is highly decorated in both classical and contemporary with numerous winners and finalists in almost every major ballet competition. This long standing school has established itself as one of the top schools in the United States, and the school of Southern California.

For more information visit their instagram:

A and A Ballet (Chicago, Illinois)

This award winning studio company will be hosting 3 different summer courses this year. Headed by Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, A and A has established itself as a studio company force. Featured in Vogue for their costuming, A and A is a program you don’t want to miss out on. For more information visit their website:

Don’t worry, there are tons more programs out there!

West Met (Minnesota)

Morning Star Dance (Georgia)

Denver Academy of Ballet (Colorado)

Draper Center for Dance (New York)

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (Florida)

Ballet Central New Jersey (New Jersey)

The Art of Classical Ballet (Florida)

Master Ballet Academy (Arizona)

International City School of Ballet (Georgia)

Danish Dance Theatre is Hiring

Danish Dance Theatre was founded in 1981 and is the foremost and largest contemporary dance company in Denmark. Since 2018, Swedish choreographer, dancer and film director Pontus Lidberg has been the company’s Artistic Director. Based at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, the company is composed of hand-picked dancers from all over the world. The repertoire spans from large stage productions at The Royal Danish Theatre to more intimate productions at smaller venues, and open-air events such as Copenhagen Summer Dance in the middle of the Copenhagen Harbour. Danish Dance Theatre also tours extensively in Denmark and internationally. 

– Minimum 24 years old OR with 3 years of professional experience
– Audition is by invitation only


When: Sunday January 16, 2022

Where: Danish Dance Theatre c/o Operaen, Ekvipagemestervej 10, 1438 Copenhagen, Denmark

Please send your application via the application form

Please include:
– Curriculum Vitae
– Link to a short video NOTE ONLY Vimeo. Maximum 1 minute

Deadline for submission: November 8, 2021

If you are selected, we will send an invitation by email with further information by December 23, 2021

More info at:

Photo: Two Lions and a Castle, a Choreography by Roy Assaf


South Carolina’s largest ballet company, Columbia City Ballet, is actively seeking principal male dancers 6′ and taller with strong technical training for the 2021-2022 season. The 2021-2022 season includes Dracula: Ballet With A Bite, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green and the world premiere of Motown The Ballet. Contracts run from late September 2021 to April 2022.

Please email resume and audition information to

Photograph taken during our 2021 performance of Cinderella by Ashley Concannon and Nicole Czekalski

Do you have job openings? Email us your audition and press release and we will be more than happy to post it.


The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is holding auditions!

The deadline to submit applications is 11:59pm EST on Sunday, June 13, 202 with callbacks held in-person June 21-25.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is looking for:
female-identifying highly skilled dancer with experience in acting and singing.
One BIPOC male-identifying highly skilled dancer with experience in acting and singing. Male-identifying applicants 5’10” and taller preferred.

Start date is August 2, 2021. New York Live Arts offers Company members an annual wage starting at $40,000 plus health benefits over 52 weeks with approximately 35 scheduled rehearsal and touring weeks . Applicants must be fully vaccinated or open to getting vaccinated upon being hired.

AUDITION DETAILS: Auditions will be in the form of a virtual submission and an in-person callback process. Applicants will be asked to submit:CV and/or ResumeHeadshot(1) 5 minute video of movement-based material from a rehearsal or performance that shows how the applicant dances and moves. If the section is part of a larger video, please note the time code.(1) video, no longer than 3 minutes, which includes the following:

Introduce yourself – your name, where you’re from, tell us something about yourself
Sing a song or a section of a song of your choice (if you can and feel comfortable)Answer this prompt: what was the most memorable moment in the last year? SUBMISSION DETAILS: Applicants can submit audition applications through this Google Form. All videos must be submitted as a viewable link such as Vimeo or Youtube and not as a downloadable file. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59pm EST on Sunday, June 13, 2021. No phone calls please.

CALLBACK DATES: We ask that applicants please hold June 21-25 for callbacks. Callbacks will be in-person and will take place at New York Live Arts in the 3rd Floor Studios. Attendance at call backs will require everyone to follow Covid testing and safety guidelines.

Applicants asked to attend callbacks may be asked to have a negative COVID test applicants who are fully vaccinated, 2 weeks after a 2-dose series or 2 weeks after the J&J 1-dose series, will need to show proof of vaccination. They will not be asked to be tested. Vaccination cards along with a valid ID can be shown upon arrival or submitted to who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to get a PCR Covid Test  within 72 hours of being on-site or a Rapid Covid Test within 6 hours of being on-site. Negative results from either test must be received and shown upon arrival or submitted to covidsafety@newyorklivearts.orgApplicants coming on-site will need to fill out a health screening survey and temperature check upon arrival.

Photo: Vinson Fraley Jr. in Afterwardsness (2021) | Photo by Stephanie Berger