How to Get on a Ballet Company

Most people know that they want to be a ballet dancer or star but they do not know the steps in pursuing such an exciting career. First things first, you have to do your research to find the finest ballet company within your area or within a reasonable distance to work with. If you want to be the best, you have to have the best work with you. It is always great to know the people who are within company beforehand but if this is not possible that is okay as well.

Are you a great ballet dancer? If so, then you want to attain the most exposure in the most professional way. When looking for the perfect ballet company, conduct your online research and call around and ask questions. If you are within walking distance or are able to get to the ballet company, I would also encourage you to visit to get a feel for the directors, the place and the other dancers to see if you can see yourself within the group. This is a great way to show the directors of the establishment how serious and talented of a dancer you are and you can see the level of professionalism that the company has itself. Some questions that you can ask are listed below. You can use these as a guide.

1. How long has your company been in business?

2. What is the audience population on an average night?

3. What are your business hours?

4. How many ballet dancers do you currently have?

These questions are intended to steer you in the right direction in order to give you an idea of what you should be asking. Think of it as a career interview and go fully prepared. You may be asked to dance or you can volunteer to do so in an attempt to let them see how you can be an asset to their ballet company.
If you’re young enough, you could audition to enroll in the schools linked to these major companies. By doing so they will be surrounded by company facility and be given more opportunities to grow and mold to the dancer that fits the company’s style. Also you will be given more chance to be on stage at a professional level and gain more performance experience. Which will allow you to be given first priority when the company is looking for new dancers, since they would rather take dancers from their own school before going elsewhere.

If you’re a little older don’t worry, you can still get into the schools linked to these major companies. Try applying and audition for summer intensives.

During this time it gives a student the opportunity to show off all their quality and strengths. Show how versatile you are and absorbent of different teaching methods, techniques and styles. It often allows dancers to shine by not putting them under intense pressure like an audition session does.

You can also enter to go to major competitions like the Youth America Grand Prix, The Prix de Lausanne, Varna International Ballet Competition, Etc… Where representatives of these schools and companies will be present with offers to the most outstanding competitors. These completions allow the dancers to get exposed to the competitive side of the art form and learn how to manage and deal with their nerves. Meet the top notch dancers, teachers, choreographs and directors of schools and companies from around the world.

Check out this video with some great advice on how to nail your audition:

 

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