Audition call for the Johannesburg Youth Ballet


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The Johannesburg Youth Ballet (JYB) will be holding auditions for its 2019 Company on 13 and 14 April 2019 at the National School of the Arts.


There will be separate auditions for both Junior and Senior dancers. Candidates must be 12 years and over and have had significant ballet training. Juniors should be at Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate level and between 12 and 15 years of age. The first round of Junior auditions will be on Saturday 13 April from 14:00 to 15:15. Registration for the Junior Auditions will commence at 13:00 at the National School of the Arts and all candidates should be there by 13:30 at the latest.

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The first round of auditions for Senior dancers will also be held on Saturday 13 April from 15:30 to 16:45. The Senior group caters for Advanced Foundation and Advanced 1 & 2 dancers who are 16 years and over. Senior registration is at 14:30 and candidates to be there by 15:00 latest. The audition will include pointe work so all girls must bring pointe shoes.

All dancers should warm up before their allocated audition class time, which will consist of a short barre followed by centre work. Male dancers must come dressed in tights or shorts and a T-shirt. All females must wear leotards and pink tights with their hair in a secure and tidy bun. No baggy clothing will be allowed.

If necessary, there will be a callback audition on Sunday 14 April between 10:00 and 12:00 midday, should the Artistic Director wish to see candidates again. Please ensure that you are available in case you are asked to come to the callbacks.

Successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance by 16 April. Thereafter they will attend classes and rehearsals, which are held on Saturday afternoons (usually 13:30 – 17:00) and on Sundays (usually from 11:00 – 14:00). They may also be required to attend rehearsals on public holidays and during the school holidays. They must be available for part of the Government School Holidays in June / July (dates to be advised). The annual Season takes place from 30 July – 4 August in the Joburg Fringe Theatre.

The programme will feature a reworked version of Guest Choreographer, David Gouldie’s acclaimed Chasing Tales – inspired by Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’. The hugely successful production was first created for the Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company 21 years ago!

This unique youth company has stayed the course through all weathers providing young dancers with the opportunity of dancing in a professionally-run youth company since its launch in 1976 and guiding many a young dancer into tertiary training institutions and into the profession.

The JYB looks forward to welcoming passionate, determined, disciplined and gifted young dancers into the Company.

For more information on the JYB and the auditions please contact
Brenda Sakellarides
082 60 0673


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