Auditions for young ballet dancers


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An opportunity to participate in the American Academy of Ballet’s 26th Summer School of Excellence in New York from 16 June to 10 August 2019.

American Academy of Ballet’s 26th Summer School of Excellence
American Academy of Ballet’s 26th Summer School of Excellence

Auditions are being held in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg to give young ballet dancers the opportunity of participating in the American Academy of Ballet’s 26th Summer School of Excellence. This annual programme, held on two campuses, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY and the Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York runs from 16 June to 10 August 2019.

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The Cape Town Audition on Monday 4 March 2019 is a regular ballet class. No solo variations are required. Dancers between the ages of 11 and 13 will audition at 15:00 and 14 years and over from 16:45. The venue is 52 Kloof Street, Cape Town, Laerskool Jan van Riebeeck.

Pretoria auditions are on 5 March at 15:00 and Johannesburg auditions 6 March at 15:00. Both follow the same format as Cape Town. See venue details below.

Dancers wishing to register for the auditions or require more information should contact Joey Oosthuizen on 082 256 6001 or email

Information for the Auditions:

  • Dancers should arrive 30 minutes before scheduled time.
  • Leotards and tights to be worn
  • If on pointe, to bring pointe shoes
  • To bring a photo in 1st arabesque
  • Dancers must have had a minimum of two years training and will be expected to show an ability to perform the basic ballet techniques.
  • All dancers male and female complete the class.
  • Notice of acceptance will be advised within 3 days.
  • There is an Audition Fee of R300.

Please bring this with you, as there are no credit card facilities.

For the Brochure and to apply online, download from this link:

The American Academy of Ballet was founded by Mignon Furman, who was the Director of the UCT Ballet School before she immigrated to New York. Each year, about 30 dancers have attended the Summer School from various cities in South Africa; many assisted with the scholarships provided, which over the past five years has been in the region of R2million.

Scholarships will be awarded for the 2019 Summer School. These vary from one week of the 8-week programme to a full scholarship (from 25% to 100%). The value of which is in the region of R23, 000 per week and is inclusive of all classes, meals, and accommodation in the dormitory on the college campus. Over R150,000 will be awarded this year at each of the audition venues.

Teachers at the Academy: The faculty of teachers, who will teach at the AAB Summer School, are from the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, the Vagonava Academy of Ballet, St Petersburg, Theatre Colon, Buenos Aires, the State Ballet School of Berlin, New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Many dancers travel from other countries to participate in these classes. Last year, dancers from 15 countries attended the Summer School.

Each campus is kept safe by the university police. A registered nurse is on a 24-hour call at the College or in the dormitory. Parents may accompany their children and stay in a nearby hotel.

The programme includes ballet technique, ballet repertoire, pointe, pas de deux, Neoclassical, Contemporary dance, Musical Theatre, Spanish Dance, Folk Dance, and the optional Performance Awards. At the end of each session, the dancers perform in a theatre on campus.

Tuesday 5 March 2019 at 15:00
Leap for Joy Dance Studio
Plot 182 (Bronberg Storage)
Groote Schuur Building
Graham Road, Zwavelpoort, Tshwane

Wednesday 6 March at 15:00
Joburg Ballet
Hoofd Street, Braampark, Johannesburg

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