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Auditions

A Note From Ms. Brown, Ballet Wichita’s Artistic Director:

Hello!  Welcome to this year’s Ballet Wichita Auditions.

SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR!

The Audition will be split by level: advanced, intermediate, and beginner.  (Please see the schedule for times).  It is up to you, the dancer, to determine your level, regardless of your age. We want you to be as comfortable as possible in this process.  If you think you are advanced and see you are struggling in this level during the audition, simply sit on the side and wait for the next level to begin!  No problem at all!

This is Sean McLeod’s highly effective split-level teaching and audition method that places the onus on us, the master teachers.  We have found that allowing dancers to participate in the process, including making this choice about what group you will best shine, helps you perform to your best ability, regardless of your age and perceived skill level.  Most importantly, we ask that you bring an open mind and your best attitude and manners to all of the audition activities!

 

AUDITION INFORMATION

ALL AUDITION activities will be held at the HESKETT CENTER,

located on the Wichita State University campus.

*BALLET WICHITA’S ANNUAL AUDITIONS ARE OPEN to dancers who are at least 8 years old and have a minimum of one year of ballet training.  Dancers must currently be enrolled in a minimum of one ballet class during the rehearsal/performance season; ballet class enrollment is subject to verification.

All dancers must be registered before they can audition.  If there are multiple dancers in your family, a registration form must be filled out for each dancer.  There is no fee to audition.

Participation Fee:  All dancers participating in Ballet Wichita productions are required to pay the dancer’s participation fee.  These fees help cover essential company needs such as costume maintenance, studio upkeep, and the expenses required to sustain Ballet Wichita operations.  The participation fee is $100 per dancer and is DUE on or before October 1, 2017 (payable online or by cash or check to Ballet Wichita).  Additional dancers in a single family will be offered a discounted rate of $75 per dancer.

NOTE: After October 1, 2017, the fee is $125 per dancer, with no discount for additional dancer(s) in a family.  If you choose to pay at auditions, we accept payments (cash/check/credit card).  If needed, please speak with Mrs. Bailey, Ballet Wichita Production Director, to discuss payment arrangements.

Audition Attire:  Black Leotards and tights, with leotard over the tights with either ballet slippers or pointe shoes.  Boys and Men all Black.  (No leg warmers or shorts.  Hair secured, no jewelry or piercings shown.  All dancers: please wear proper foundations, men please wear a dance belt).  Come prepared for a wonderful and exciting experience.

AUDITION DAY 1   |    SATURDAY, August 26, 2017

Advanced Dancers

It is up to the dancer to determine their level.  If you think you are advanced and see you are struggling in this level, simply sit to the side and wait for the next level and participate with that group.  (It is a given children will not be cast in adult roles).

Arrival Registration: 10:00am
Audition Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Intermediate Dancers

It is up to the dancer to determine their level.  If you think you are intermediate and see you are struggling in this level, simply sit on the side and wait for the next level to begin.  This is not a problem for us; you are dancing to your best ability!  (It is a given children will not be cast in adult roles).

Arrival Registration: 12:00pm
Audition Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Beginner Dancers
Age 8 and older
Arrival Registration: 2:00pm
Audition Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Party Parents
Arrival Registration: 4:00pm
Audition Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

AUDITION DAY 2   |    SUNDAY, August 27, 2017  {call backs only}

Check in at 8:30am  |   Audition 9am – 12pm

Note: We understand this is a new part of the Ballet Wichita Audition process – thank you for being open minded and trusting us with this!  Being called back does not mean you will be cast in the production or in any specific role; it is an opportunity for us to see more of your work and get to know you better, if needed.

——We will contact you by text message if we need to see you on Sunday; make sure we have an accurate number to reach you! ——-

We look forward to meeting you and working with all of the dancers and families of Ballet Wichita to make a memorable and magical Nutcracker!

What to expect – please read the Audition Information for details on the audition process.

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Best Regards,

Ms. Karen Brown