IABD Ballet Audition for Women of Color
Sunday, January 29, 2017

"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


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


Ballet Austin, Austin, TX
Ballet Memphis,
Memphis, TN
Charlotte Ballet, Charlotte, NC
Charlottesville Ballet, Charlottesville, VA
Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York, NY
The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, IL
Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City, MO
Nashville Ballet, Nashville, TN
Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, OR
Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Seattle, WA
Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society, Narberth, PA
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco, CA
School of American Ballet, New York, NY
Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth, TX

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



Andrea Long-NaiduAndrea Renee Long-Naidu was born in Philadelphia and began her dance training at age seven at the Pennsylvania Ballet School under the direction of Lupe Serrano. During her early training years Ms. Long also attend the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and American Ballet Theater School. At age fourteen Ms. Long became an apprentice with the Pennsylvania Ballet company and after working with the company for a year decided to pursue a dance career in New York.  Ms. Long was accepted into the School of American Ballet on full scholarship and after two years was invited to join the New York City Ballet.  During her eight years with the company, she performed much of the Balanchine repertoire including: Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Concerto Barocco and was part of the original cast of Peter Martins’ ballets Fearful Symmetries and Ash. While a member of NYCB, Ms. Long also toured internationally with Peter Boal and Dancers, appeared in the NYCB Nutcracker film and modeled for French Vogue. 

In 1998 Ms. Long joined Dance Theatre of Harlem as a soloist and was promoted to Principal dancer a year later. During her tenure at DTH Ms. Long toured internationally with the company and performed principal roles in several ballets, among them: Firebird, Serenade, Allegro Brilliante, Four Temperaments, Concerto Barocco, Manifestations, Twist and Viraa. Ms. Long has appeared as guest artist with Complexions, Washington Ballet and other dance companies. She retired from performing in 2008 and began her second career as a teacher. Ms. Long has served on the faculty of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sandonato School of Ballet and Collage Dance Collective.  She is currently on faculty at City Dance in Bethesda, MD.

Ronald AlexanderRonald K. Alexander is a director, dance educator, ballet instructor and choreographer. Born in Washington, DC, he started his formal training with Mike Malone and Peggy Cooper at the Workshop for Careers in the Arts at George Washington University and continued his training with David Shields at the David Shields School of Ballet in Boston, MA and Billy Wilson at the Elma Lewis School of the Arts in Roxbury, MA while attending Boston University on a full academic scholarship. He subsequently received a full scholarship to the National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He has performed with the following ballet companies: the National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballet Companies in Germany, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. Choreographed numerous dances for schools, colleges and dance companies including the Hamburg Ballet, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, the Alpha-Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and the Nanette Bearden Dance Company to name a few. Participated in the Carlisle Choreographers Project in Pittsburgh, PA and the Dance Theatre of Harlem's Emerging Choreographers Series under Bessie Schonberg. Guest teaching artist in the following organizations in NYC: the Ailey School, the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Lincoln Center for the Arts in Education, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, Ruth Williams School of Dance, Henry Street Settlement, Lehman College, Marymount Manhattan College, LaGuardia Community College, and Adelphi University, among others.

From 1994-2002, Ronald K. was a NYC certified dance instructor with the NYC Department of Education. Has held administrative and artistic positions in the following public, private and not-for-profit venues: Chairman of the Dance Department of the Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY (1987-92) under Betty Allen, Principal of the High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx, NY (2003-05) with the NYC Department of Education, and the School Administrator at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York, NY (2005-07) under Arthur Mitchell. He's studied the American Ballet Theatre School Training Curriculum (Primary to Level Five) under Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens; the Vaganova Ballet Training Method (Primary to Level Three) under John White; and the New York City Ballet Workout as taught by New York City Ballet.

He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and a certificate in School Supervision and Administration from the City College of New York, NY. From May, 2008 to December, 2011 he was the Academic Principal of the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, and taught ballet on the dance faculty. Choreographed to favorable reviews: "A Chorus Line," in 2009 and "Titanic," in 2011 at the Warner Theatre, one of New England's premiere community theatres. In February 2011, Mr. Alexander was the subject of an article in Dance Teacher Magazine, "Five Teachers, Five Venues." Presently, he is on faculty at the following schools: the Ailey School, the Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Capezio Center, and the French Academie of Ballet in New York City. Recently, He supervised the accreditation of the Peridance Capezio Center with the National Association of Schools of Dance. In July of 2015, he was appointed the Director of Education of the Youth Arts Academy at the Center for Arts and Education, at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn, New York.


Stephen Mills
Artistic Director

Stephen Mills





Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its "classically innovative" vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, a commitment to creating access to programs, and operating a combined training facility, Ballet Austin is the 11th largest classical ballet company in the country.

From its home at the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin's Sarah and Ernest Butler Family Fund Artistic Director, actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike. The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin "a company with big ambitions" originating work that is "absorbing." Hailed by The Washington Post as "one of the nation's best kept ballet secrets," Stephen Mills works closely with the 22 full-time professional dancers.

Ballet Austin has participated in international festivals including les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationals de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris, France, one of the premier modern dance festivals in Europe, and le Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur in Montreal, Canada. In the summer of 2005, at the invitation of the U.S. State Department, the company performed in Italy and Slovenia. In 2002, Mills led the Company to the Kennedy Center to perform to seven sold-out houses of A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of the Center's Youth and Family Public Performance Series. Mills was subsequently commissioned by the Center to create The Taming of the Shrew which made its world premiere in Washington, D.C. in 2004—after which The New York Times dubbed him "the bard of ballet." The following year, the company was invited to perform at the Joyce Theater in NYC for a week's engagement. Also in 2005, Mills' landmark Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project was awarded the Audrey & Raymond Maislin Humanitarian Award by the Anti Defamation League. balletaustin.org

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. 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. charlotteballet.org

Emily Mott Hartka, Co-Director

Emily Mott Hartka

Charlottesville Ballet is an emerging professional ballet company with a unique mission for health and wellness. Founded in 2007 by Co-Directors Sara Clayborne and Emily Mott Hartka, Charlottesville Ballet is committed to elevating professional ballet with an emphasis on a healthy working environment. Now in its ninth performance season, Charlottesville Ballet has grown to employ 14 professional dancers from across the US and around the world and offers a trainee program to help dancers transition from students to professional artists. Artists are hired without any rigid aesthetic standards and all dancers (trainee, apprentice, and company) are given gym memberships and tools for injury prevention. The professional company repertory includes traditional ballets, dance theater pieces, and innovative contemporary works.

Charlottesville Ballet Academy (CBA), the official training school of Charlottesville Ballet, was founded in 2011 and educates over 500 students each year in all dance genres. Through the Chance To Dance (C2D) outreach program, Charlottesville Ballet selects students to receive lifetime scholarships to train at Charlottesville Ballet Academy, closing opportunity gaps and planting seeds so that the professional company may one day be representative of our community. All of these programs help fulfill the mission to elevate the art of dance through wellness, performance, education, and community outreach.  For more information, visit CharlottesvilleBallet.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








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

Ashley Wheater
Artistic Director

Ashley Wheater

The Joffrey is a world-class, Chicago-based ballet company and dance education organization committed to artistic excellence and innovation, presenting a unique repertoire encompassing masterpieces of the past and cutting-edge works. The Joffrey is committed to providing arts education and accessible dance training through its Joffrey Academy of Dance and Community Engagement programs. Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company and audiences and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley Wheater. The Joffrey Ballet has become one of the most revered and recognizable arts organizations in America and one of the top dance companies in the world. 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

Paul Vasterling
Artistic Director

Paul Vasterling

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

Kevin Irving

Artistic Director

Kevin Irving

Oregon Ballet Theatre is committed to sharing our passion for the expressive power of ballet, inspiring an enduring appreciation of dance, and connecting in meaningful ways to our community through excellence in performance, training and educational programs.

OBT is the largest professional ballet company in Oregon, employing nearly 200 people and attracting artists from around the globe with our reputation for excellence. The company is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet, with a repertoire that ranges from the great classics to premieres from some of the most exciting choreographic voices in the field today. Our mission is dedicated to the vitality of, and access to, world-class ballet performance and training in our region.

Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks to inspire beauty and excellence in the hearts and minds of Oregonians through the creation and preservation of the highest quality classical and contemporary ballet performances. In addition to our 4-show main stage season, we train dancers from 4 years old to 80 years old through the professional and recreational classes at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Many of our students go on to successful professional careers at companies including the Joffrey, the Dutch National Ballet, and within our own organization. www.obt.org

Peter Boal                                        Kiyon Gaines   
PNB Artistic Director                        Faculty Member
and Director of the School

Peter Boal                         Kiyon Gaines

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

Melinda Pendleton
Artistic Director


The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet was established in 1974 to train students who wish to study the art of ballet and who also demand the very best dance training available. All Academy students, regardless of age or interest, receive the same high quality training whether enrolled in the Regular or Adult Division.

Academy founders, Margarita and John White, met as members of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba where they performed internationally as Principal and Soloist dancers. They began their teaching careers after learning the Vaganova teaching method from Soviet ballet masters. The Whites have extensive international performing and teaching backgrounds.

Joining them in 1991 as co-director is Melinda Pendleton who, after performing internationally, joined the faculty of the Academy. Together with their highly trained staff they teach the Vaganova method of classical ballet. The method emphasizes precise technique, musicality, proper body placement, and a carefully structured breakdown of each movement. www.paacademyofballet.com/


Christina Salgado
Director of Education and Community Engagement

Christina Salgado

One of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1969. Its eclectic style and irrepressible energy have been shaped by four distinguished artistic directors over four decades. In the 1980s, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Patricia Wilde led the Company to new heights and national acclaim with an emphasis on virtuosic technique and works by the modern masters, including her mentor, George Balanchine. Since 1997, the Company has flourished under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former American Ballet Theatre ballet master and principal dancer. Mr. Orr has created a powerful repertoire, including fresh versions of traditional ballets, original works commissioned to contemporary American music and dramatic works that push the boundaries of ballet as an art form. Through more than 50 performances each year at home and on tour, PBT audiences discover the passion and joy of ballet.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is a community based and internationally recognized professional ballet company that performs traditional and contemporary ballets and develops innovative works. It seeks to perpetuate excellence in the art of ballet through performances, superior training of student dancers and community engagement initiatives. www.pbt.org

Patrick Armand                            Ruben Martin Cintas
Associate Director                       Faculty Member

Patrick Armand                  Ruben Martin Cintas

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

Peter Martins                                  Andrea Long-Naidu
Artistic Director                               Faculty Member

Peter Martins                   Andrea Long-Naidu

The School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein as the first and most essential step in their quest to create an American classical ballet company.

SAB, located at New York City's Lincoln Center, is today the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB's former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies.The School's alumni roster is a "who's who" of twentieth century American classical ballet, filled with names such as Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Mitchell, Maria Tallchief and Darci Kistler, as well as Broadway legends Chita Rivera and Hinton Battle.

SAB's faculty is an international group of brilliant instructors whose backgrounds provide students with a variety of artistic influences. The faculty is led by Peter Martins, New York City Ballet's Ballet Master in Chief, and includes a number of current and past New York City Ballet principal dancers, many of whom worked directly with Balanchine. www.sab.org

Ben Stevenson
Artistic Director

Ben Stevenson

The mission of Texas Ballet Theater is to create, present and tour world-class ballet, from classical to cutting–edge, and promote its appreciation, accessibility, and technical mastery among students, pre-professionals, and audiences of all ages. We are honored to be the only arts organization to serve as resident company for Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

Our internationally recognized company is built on a rich 55-year history and boasts a repertoire that is creative, expressive and collaborative.

TBT's dancers are among the most talented artists on stage today. Beautiful and exhilarating to watch, they present works that are historically significant and culturally relevant.

Led by the legendary Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., TBT’s artistic staff is renowned for world-class productions that are breathtaking in scope and style and combine the highest levels of artistry and athleticism – sometimes with a dash of humor.

Texas Ballet Theater Schools train aspiring students beginning at age 3 in Dallas and Fort Worth. Adult classes are also available. www.texasballettheater.org





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



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