IABD Ballet Audition for Women of Color

"There has recently been a great deal of attention to the fact that the world of ballet is a very closed one to most of the diverse population of our nation. Many of us believe a change of thinking and action is clearly needed in order to create a more diversified, representative and open pool of talented and passionate practitioners. This is not only an ethical imperative but also a way of revitalizing the art form and making it more representative of our culture and our time. Imagine how meaningful it would be for dancers from communities of color just to be seen. Imagine what it would be like to discover all the unrecognized talent in their midst. Imagine what a company or school that truly represents the beautiful and powerful diversity of our entire culture would look like. Help us make that happen."
~ Stephen Pier, Director of Dance
The Hartt School, University of Hartford


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Walk-up registration at the venue site will not be accepted.

Sunday, January 29, 2017
3:00 PM
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Studios
2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201

IABD is holding the 2nd ANNUAL BALLET AUDITION for Women of Color who seek company contracts in Main and Second Company's for the Premier Ballet Companies of the United States. Professional training and summer workshop programs will also be available. For more information please email, place BALLET AUDITION in the subject line: info@iabdassociation.org


  • Must be 15 or older
  • Have at least 5 years or more of Ballet training
  • En Pointe
  • Full-body Dance Photograph
  • Résumé and Headshot
  • $35.00 Audition Fee

 2017 host partners include Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dance/USA, and MOBBallet.

January 24, 2016

Ballet Audition

Photo credit: The Hartt School Performing Serenade  Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust



Dorothy Gunther Pugh                  Brian McSween
CEO/Founding Artistic Director     Ballet Master

Dorothy Gunther Pugh                         Brian McSween

BALLET MEMPHIS is now in its 29th season and is recognized for its close ties to the region’s rich musical and literary heritage through dance, production and training, including its lauded Memphis Project works and its new River Project series. Ballet Memphis has staff and facilities of the highest caliber, and partners with artists from around the globe for collaborative and original works. The Ford Foundation lauded Ballet Memphis as a “national treasure.” The Company has received grants and high praise from other foundations and national media alike, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Dance Project, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Dance magazine, Pointe Magazine and others. It has performed to excellent reviews at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., at The Joyce Theater and the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City, at Houston’s Dance Salad, at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveur (Canada), and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, among others. www.balletmemphis.org


Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux                          Ayisha McMillan Cravotta
President/Artistic Director                      Academy Director

 Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux                    Ayisha McMillan Cravotta

Led by internationally acclaimed President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Charlotte Ballet is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet to bold, contemporary works. The company’s 28 professional dancers annually present five performance series in Charlotte during a season spanning from October to April. During the summer, the dancers and artistic staff serve as Company in Residence at The Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., where Bonnefoux has been artistic director since 1983. Starting in December 2015, Charlotte Ballet will perform regularly at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C. The company has two resident choreographers – Dwight Rhoden co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Sasha Janes, associate artistic director for Charlotte Ballet. Bonnefoux also brings in the works of choreographers such as Alonzo King, Jirí Bubenícek, Forsythe, Kylián and Tharp. Kennedy Center Honoree and NYCB star Patricia McBride is associate artistic director and repetiteur of Balanchine works. Charlotte Ballet II is made up of eight dancers and led by Mark Diamond. The group of young dancers rehearse and perform alongside the main company, as well as learn and present their own repertoire. Charlotte Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program includes positions as Conservatory, Trainee, and Apprentice, and is open to dancers ages 15-22. The Program offers intensive study in ballet, pointe, male and female variations, pas de deux, men’s technique, modern and jazz. The goal of the Pre-Professional program is to provide a transitional experience for dancers as they move from the academic ballet setting to the world of professional dance. Pre-Professional dancers have the opportunity to work and perform with the Charlotte Ballet main Company, learn the repertoire of Charlotte Ballet II, and are considered for future employment with the Company and Charlotte Ballet II. www.charlotteballet.org


Gil Boggs
Artistic Director

Gil Boggs

Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season will open with the romanic La Sylphide in October 2015 and close with a contemporary repertory Ballet Director's Choice in March 2016.  The season will also include the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker and Alice (in Wonderland).  In addition, Colorado Ballet will perform twice at the Vail International Dance Festival in August 2015, as well as at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater in August 2015 and the Lone Tree Arts Center in April 2016. Colorado Ballet consists of 30 professional dancers with a diverse background. The dancers come from all over the world, including Japan, Russia, Cuba, Canada, France, Ireland and the United States. Additionally, the Company has between 15 and 20 members of the Studio Company, which provides young dancers with training and performance opportunities as a start into a professional career in ballet. Each season, the Company performs a varied season of classical and contemporary ballets in Denver. In 2009, Colorado Ballet received the Colorado Masterpieces program to tour Colorado's Front Range. The program was funded by the Colorado Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts through their American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius initiative. In August 2014, Colorado Ballet moved into its new home The Armstrong Center for Dance in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe near Downtown Denver. www.coloradoballet.org


Virginia Johnson
Artistic Director

Virginia Johnson

Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a performing Ensemble, a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children — especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born — the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. Now in its fourth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world.  www.dancetheatreofharlem.org


Stephen Pier
Director of Dance

 Stephen Pier

The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford. Hartt offers innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Renowned faculty who perform and teach around the world mentor our students in their pursuit of excellence. With dozens of performing organizations and more than 400 instrumental and vocal performances, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions a year, performance is central to Hartt's curriculum. The Hartt School offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with programs in Dance Performance or Ballet Pedagogy(teaching), which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Hartt dancers develop their skills through many performance opportunities, teaching internships and participation in a rigorous conservatory-style curriculum with expert instruction from world-renowned faculty and guest artists. Performance opportunities begin freshman year and are available to all majors. Students train in classical ballet, modern dance and contemporary techniques with additional coursework in music, dance composition, pedagogy, performance techniques, kinesiology, repertory, technology in dance, and dance history. It is our goal to graduate technically competent, knowledgeable artists, capable of adapting to the varied demands of a lifelong career in dance and prepared to lead the field into the future. www.harttweb.hartford.edu


Stanton Welch                        Lauren Anderson
Artistic Director                       Education and Community Engagement
                                               Program Manager

Stanton Welch                  Lauren Anderson

To inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs. In furtherance of our mission, we are committed to maintaining and enhancing our status as:

A classically trained company with a diverse repertory whose range includes the classics as well as contemporary works.

A company that attracts the world's best dancers and choreographers and provides them with an environment where they can thrive and further develop the art form.

An international company that is accessible to broad and growing local, national, and international audiences.

A company with a world-class Academy that provides first rate instruction for professional dancers and meaningful programs for non-professional dancers.

A company with state-of-the-art facilities for performances, rehearsals and ongoing operations. www.houstonballet.org


Ashley Wheater
Artistic Director

Ashley Wheater

The Joffrey Ballet has been hailed as “America’s Company of Firsts.” The Joffrey Ballet’s long list of “firsts” includes being the first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation, the first to appear on television, the first classical dance company to go multi-media, the first to commission a rock ‘n’ roll ballet, the first and only dance company to appear on the cover of Time magazine, the first company to have had a major motion picture based on it, Robert Altman’s The Company, and the first U.S. ballet company to livestream video of a rehearsal on YouTube. For more than a half-century, The Joffrey Ballet’s commitment to taking world-class, artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience has created a solid foundation that continues to support the company’s unprecedented capacity for achieving important “firsts.” Today, the Joffrey, which has been hugely successful in its former residences in New York and Los Angeles, lives permanently in its brilliant new facility, Joffrey Tower, in the heart of America, Chicago, Illinois. The company’s commitment to accessibility is met through an extensive touring schedule, an innovative and highly effective education program including the much lauded Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations. www.joffrey.org


Devon Carney
Artistic Director

Devon Carney

Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 29-member professional ballet company under the direction of Artistic Director Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Kansas City Ballet offers an eclectic repertory ranging from the traditional classics to exciting contemporary ballets. Through its professional company, its second company (KCB II) and its many community service programs, we seek to nurture and develop our artists, audiences and students in the values inherent in the creativity, diversity and joy of dance. The company reaches over 20,000 Kansas City students and adults each year through its community education programs and provides dance training through the Kansas City Ballet School. Our home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity on the campus of Union Station, in conjunction with our Resident Company status at the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has truly positioned Kansas City as a Destination for Dance. www.kcballet.org


Herschel Deondre Horner
Full Time Faculty Member

Herschel Deondre Horner

Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 75,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Outreach & Education programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70. www.nashvilleballet.com



Peter Boal
PNB Artistic Director and Director of the School

Peter Boal

Founded in 1974, Pacific Northwest Ballet School is recognized as one of the top three ballet training institutions in the United States. Under the direction of Peter Boal, the School offers a complete, professional curriculum to more than 1,000 students. The School’s Open Program attracts 600 teens and adults who wish to pursue recreational dance instruction in a supportive and encouraging setting. Pacific Northwest Ballet School is divided into three divisions that are designed to challenge students with each year of study. The Children’s Division is divided into Pre-K for ages 2–4, Creative Movement for ages 5–6, Pre-Ballet for age 7, and Children’s Division Boy’s Class for boys ages 5–7. Students are introduced to music, movement and group interaction. The Student Division offers eight levels of instruction. The School’s Professional Division offers advanced instruction for those students planning a professional dance career. The School offers full and partial tuition scholarships to students who demonstrate artistic potential and financial need. Each year, Pacific Northwest Ballet School holds an intensive, five-week Summer Course that attracts students from around the United States and beyond. Students are admitted by invitation only, based on the results of a national audition tour held in January and February. Other School activities include a Teachers’ Seminar, attracting ballet teachers from throughout North America and abroad. PNB seeks to build a School and Company that reflects the diversity of our community by providing access and opportunity to talented students. Students are provided with full scholarship classes twice a week, dance attire, transportation and complimentary tickets to PNB Company performances. With locations in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, the School maintains a faculty of over 20 instructors, each with extensive performing backgrounds, and professional piano accompanists. www.pnb.org


Francis Veyette
Artistic Director, PA Ballet II
Francis Veyette

Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the premier ballet companies in the United States and has been at the forefront of American dance since 1963. A leading Philadelphia cultural institution, the Company has earned a national reputation for its impassioned artistry and technical virtuosity, and has received widespread critical acclaim for its performances of a diverse classical and contemporary repertoire with a Balanchine base. The energy and exuberance of its versatile dancers are the Company’s enduring signature. Over the past several years, Pennsylvania Ballet has increased its reach through creative programming initiatives such as the Delphi Project, Dance Chance, and other Community Engagement programs, which serves over 11,000 youngsters each year.  In 2002, Pennsylvania Ballet II, the Joyce and Herbert Kean Trainee Program, was created as a pre-professional training company that also performs outreach and educational activities in area schools. In 2010, Pennsylvania Ballet dancers performed in the Academy Award-winning film “Black Swan.” The School of Pennsylvania Ballet was re-established in 2012, now led by Director Arantxa Ochoa, one of the most celebrated ballerinas in Pennsylvania Ballet history. www.paballet.org


Patrick Armand
Associate Director

Patrick Armand

San Francisco Ballet School recruits for our year round program, including the Trainee Program, from the summer session.  We feel that our students are most successful during the school year if they’ve spent some time at our school to check us out; and it gives us four weeks to assess their potential, work ethic, and behavior.  We wish to recruit students who are interested in the training we provide and who can live within the community setting at our residence.  San Francisco is far away from most places, and we strive to ensure that the students in our year round program fully understand expectations so that they can be as successful as possible.  Each year 5-7 students are invited into SF Ballet Company (apprentice or corps de ballet positions), plus another 7-10 receive professional placement in other companies nationally and internationally.   We report that 100% of Trainees receive professional placement. www.sfballet.org


Septime Webre
Artistic Director

Septime Webre

Celebrating its 71st year as an organization, The Washington Ballet grew out of the success of The Washington School of Ballet, founded and directed for years by legendary dance pioneer Mary Day. The School opened in 1944 and the Company was established in 1976 with Ms. Day’s singular vision clearly illuminated: to create a stellar institution of teaching, creating and enlightenment through dance. Now under the directorship of Septime Webre, The Washington Ballet continues to expand initiatives which have served as the TWB foundation. TWB and Day were pioneers of diversity in dance, nurturing dancers of varied backgrounds including Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Webre has continued this tradition in leading the dialogue and action in the larger dance community to incorporate dancers from diverse backgrounds into the Company. This has been formalized in the Let's Dance Together diversity initiative to continue to make TWB a welcoming place for dancers of color and their families through an integrated faculty and company. www.washingtonballet.org


JR Glover
Director of Education

JR Glover

Jacob's Pillow Dance is lauded worldwide as a "hub and mecca of dancing" (TIME Magazine), "one of America's most precious cultural assets" (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and "the dance center of the nation" (The New York Times). "The Pillow" is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival.

Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; train at The School at Jacob's Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; explore the Pillow's rare and extensive dance Archives; and take part in numerous Community Programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages. www.jacobspillow.org



Many of the participating companies repertoire includes classical, neoclassical, and contemporary ballets.



American Dance Institute (ADI) Future Artists Initiative, supporting diversity in Dance Education
Website: www.americandance.org/future-artists/

The John Jones Memorial Fund, donated by Ms. Delores Browne
Website: classicalballetnews.com/first-african-american-ballerinas/