Event Schedule

May 28th, May 29th, & June 1st, 2022

DAY 1

May 28th

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8:00am – 9:30am MST

How to Write a Professional Dance Resumé

Join audition expert & professional dancer Jennifer Haw as she dissects and analyzes every aspect of the professional dance resumé (spoiler alert: it’s not the same as the job resumés you learn to create in school!). Ms. Haw will literally walk you through step-by-step on how to create the perfect dancer resumé from start to finish, and example templates will be provided. You’ll learn exactly what sections and information to include (along with what not to include!), how to best order it all, and every other vital resumé do and don’t that could make or break your audition chances.  We guarantee you’ll know exactly how to write up a killer dance resumé after taking this class!

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10:00am – 11:00am MST

Audition Analysis w/ Dutch National Ballet's Associate Artistic Director, Rachel Beaujean

Join Rachel Beaujean – associate artistic director of Dutch National Ballet – in this exclusive live interview session, where she’ll unveil precisely what it takes to get that coveted contract offer. Every aspect of the audition and audition preparation process will be analyzed in detail by Ms. Beaujean, with the opportunity to ask her all your own burning audition questions at the end.

Just some of the amazing topics that’ll be covered by Ms. Beaujean include:

  • Detailed overview of the audition process, from start to finish
  • Ways to positively (and negatively!) stand out in an audition
  • What she and the artistic director look for when hiring dancers
  • What she likes to see in a resume and audition photos, plus other portfolio items that can set dancers apart
  • How and what to prepare before your audition to ensure optimal success
  • Audition etiquette, appearance guidelines, and the little details that can make a big difference
  • Example audition interview questions + how to answer them
  • What to do after the audition to make a lasting impression
  • Auditioning as a foreigner – tips and advice

As someone who’s sat right beside the artistic director during countless auditions, Ms. Beaujean has ample insider knowledge regarding what it takes to land the company position of your dreams.

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11:30am – 1:00pm MST

Emails & Research: How to Use These Tools to Increase Your Audition Odds

This session with audition expert & professional dancer Jennifer Haw will be divided into two parts: 

(1) Emailing:

Does the thought of emailing companies and artistic directors scare you? Do you even have to send these sorts of emails? Ms. Haw is here to guide you through this scary process, step by step, and answer all your questions along the way. She’ll dive deep into exactly when you’d want to email a company directly, how and why this would be of benefit to you and your audition chances, and of course walk you through the dos and don’ts of how to write a professional, well-structured email. 

(2) Researching:

Is research really necessary when it comes to auditioning for companies? If so, how and what should you be researching, and how can you use this information to improve your audition odds? In addition to answering these questions, Ms. Haw will be going deep into exactly what you should be researching, and how you can use it to your advantage when selecting companies to audition for and impressing artistic directors. 

Don’t miss this chance to learn in depth about two crucial audition topics that are so often neglected by dancers!

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3:00pm – 4:00pm MST

Emilie Gerrity

Ballet Real Talk: Getting into New York City Ballet

Join New York City Ballet soloist Emilie Gerrity in this exclusive class, where she’ll unveil all the details behind joining one of the world’s most famous ballet companies. Starting from how she got accepted into the School of American Ballet as a student, to how she caught the eye of NYCB’s artistic director amongst a pool of uber talented SAB grads – Ms. Gerrity will be revealing all, and providing all of her best tips and advice to help you recreate this dream career trajectory for yourself.

DAY 2

May 29th

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8:00am – 9:30am MST

Audition Photos & Videos Explained

In today’s digital world, audition videos are becoming more and more important for dancers seeking out company contracts. So the question is: do you need to create an audition video? Audition expert & professional dancer Jennifer Haw is here to fill you in on everything you need to know about audition videos, as well as answer any questions you may have about them. 

The following topics will be addressed: 

  • Exactly what you need to include in a classical ballet audition video
  • What to wear, including how to do your hair and makeup
  • How to film your audition video
  • Tips on how to keep the director watching until the very end

Don’t miss out on learning more about this important, newly emerging audition topic.

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10:00am – 11:00am MST

Audition Analysis w/ Slovenian National Ballet's Assistant Artistic Director, Petar Đorčevski

Join Petar Đorčevski – assistant artistic director (formerly artistic director) of Slovenian National Ballet – in this exclusive live interview session, where he’ll unveil precisely what it takes to get that coveted contract offer. Every aspect of the audition and audition preparation process will be analyzed in detail by Mr. Đorčevski, who has danced professionally as well as provided atistic leadership for a multitude of European companies. You will also have the opportunity to ask him all your own audition questions at the end.

Just some of the amazing topics that’ll be covered by Mr. Đorčevski include:

  • Detailed overview of the audition process, from start to finish
  • Ways to positively (and negatively!) stand out in an audition
  • What he looks for when hiring dancers
  • What he likes to see in a resume and audition photos, plus other portfolio items that can set dancers apart
  • How and what to prepare before your audition to ensure optimal success
  • Audition etiquette, appearance guidelines, and the little details that can make a big difference
  • Example audition interview questions + how to answer them
  • What to do after the audition to make a lasting impression
  • Auditioning as a foreigner – tips and advice

As someone who’s made the final decision at countless auditions + worked alongside a multitude of important European ballet figures, it’s safe to say Mr. Đorčevski knows a thing or two when it comes to nailing an audition!

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11:30am – 1:00pm MST

Audition Etiquette 101

Audition etiquette – the “unwritten rules” that, if you don’t know them, have the ability to cast a shadow on all your talent and hard work. So many talented dancers have lost out on contract offers due to simple etiquette mistakes – do NOT let yourself be one of them! Audition expert & professional dancer Jennifer Haw will go over every one of these “unwritten etiquette rules” in great detail, ensuring you know exactly how to present yourself during auditions and make a lasting, positive first impression. Ms. Haw has had the opportunity to sit in on countless company auditions as part of her work, and has seen firsthand how simple details can jeopardize a dancer’s chances at receiving the offer of their dreams. Her knowledge on this topic is indispensable – do not miss out on this vital learning opportunity.

Audition Revelations - UK Edition - w/ Pro Ballerinas Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani & Alexandra Burman

Join Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani (first artist with Royal Ballet) and Alexandra Burman (artist with Birmingham Royal Ballet) as they walk us through everything they learned and experienced as young dancers auditioning for companies. This session will specifically focus on how to get into UK-based companies, which are some of the most prestigious companies in the world.  

Ms. Bhavnani specifically will be unveiling all the details behind how to join one of the most famous ballet companies in the world: the Royal Ballet of London. Ms. Bhavnani is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School & Paris Opera Ballet School, and Ms. Burman is an alumni of The Art of Classical Ballet; together, they will be sharing every ounce of their vast combined knowledge on how to successfully audition for UK companies. 

Just some of the topics to be discussed by Ms. Bhavnani & Ms. Burman include:

  • Getting into the esteemed Royal Ballet – all the details on how you can make this dream into a reality
  • Detailed overview of the UK audition process, from start to finish
  • Ways to positively (and negatively!) stand out in an audition + showcase your individuality through movement 
  • Researching companies – what to look for and how to use this to your advantage
  • Resume writing, audition photos, and portfolio tips (including examples)
  • How to best prepare for company auditions, both short-term and long-term
  • Audition etiquette, appearance guidelines, and the little details that can make a big difference
  • Personal audition & audition preparation anecdotes

These two lovely pro ballerinas will be revealing all during this session, and providing their very best tips and advice to help you recreate this dream career trajectory for yourself. You won’t want to miss this!

DAY 3

June 1st

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7:30am – 8:00am MST

Audition Revelations w/ Pro Ballerina Melissa Chapski

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8:00am – 9:00am MST

Audition Mentoring Session w/ National Ballet of Canada's Greta Hodgkinson

Join Greta Hodgkinson – artist in residence, and former principal dancer with National Ballet of Canada – as she guides you through the entire process of preparing yourself for successful company auditions. Ms. Hodgkinson has worked with almost every ballet name in the industry, and will be sharing her decades of professional experience in this exclusive mentoring session. 

For 60 minutes, Ms. Hodgkinson will literally become your personal mentor, and carefully guide you through the following crucial audition topics: 

  • Detailed overview of the audition process, from start to finish
  • What it takes to truly capture the attention of an artistic director 
  • Ways to get a potential “in” before the actual audition
  • How and what to prepare before your audition to ensure optimal success
  • Resume building, procuring references, and becoming your “own agent”
  • Audition etiquette, appearance guidelines, and the little details that can make a big difference
  • What to do after the audition to make a lasting impression
  • Height, age, training… do these things matter?
  • How to gain the confidence you need to secure the job
  • Building your profile and expanding your professional network
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10:00am – 11:00am MST

Rory Hohenstein

Audition Analysis w/ Atlanta Ballet's Ballet Master, Rory Hohenstein

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12:00pm – 1:00pm MST

Natascha Mair & Emily Kadow

Audition Revelations w/ Pro Ballerinas Natascha Mair & Emily Kadow

Join Natascha Mair (principal dancer with English National Ballet, former soloist with Wiener Staatsballett) and Emily Kadow (former dancer with San Francisco Ballet) as they walk us through everything they ever learned and experienced auditioning for companies. These two dancers are eager to share all their best tips and advice with young aspiring dancers, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding the audition process.

Just some of the topics to be discussed by Ms. Mair and Ms. Kadow include:

  • Detailed overview of the audition process, from start to finish
  • Ways to positively (and negatively!) stand out in an audition + showcase your individuality through movement 
  • Researching companies – what to look for and how to use this to your advantage
  • Resume writing, audition photos, and portfolio tips (including examples)
  • How to best prepare for company auditions, both short-term and long-term
  • Audition etiquette, appearance guidelines, and the little details that can make a big difference
  • Personal audition anecdotes

This session is sure to be jam-packed with incredibly helpful audition tips and tricks – don’t miss this chance to learn directly from the pros!

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1:30pm – 3:00pm MST

How Cynthia Harvey Prepares Students for Auditions

Join Cynthia Harvey – artistic director of the famed American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School – as she lays out the blueprints for how she personally prepares her professional division students for company auditions. As ABT JKO is American Ballet Theatre’s partner school, specific emphasis will be placed on securing spots in American Ballet Theatre and American Ballet Theatre Studio Company during this session. Ms. Harvey has worked with nearly every ballet great of our time, and houses extensive knowledge when it comes to the ins and outs of auditions, what artistic directors are looking for, and the various traits of different ballet companies worldwide. 

Just some of the amazing topics to be discussed by Ms. Harvey include:

  • Detailed overview of the audition process, from start to finish
  • What artistic directors are looking for when hiring dancers, and how this may differ between companies
  • Researching and selecting which companies to audition for
  • Building a portfolio that catches the eyes of artistic directors 
  • Ways to positively (and negatively!) stand out in an audition 
  • How to best prepare for company auditions, both short-term and long-term
  • Audition etiquette, appearance guidelines, and the little details that can make a big difference
  • What to prepare before your audition 
  • Personal anecdotes from her many conversations and connections with ballet greats around the globe 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity usually only afforded to ABT JKO students – don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business!

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3:15pm – 4:15pm MST

Audition Analysis w/ Ballet West's Artistic Director, Adam Sklute

Join Adam Sklute – artistic director of Ballet West – in this exclusive live interview session, where he’ll unveil precisely what it takes to get that coveted contract offer. Every aspect of the audition and audition preparation process will be analyzed in detail by Mr. Sklute, with the opportunity to ask him all your own burning audition questions at the end.

Just some of the amazing topics that’ll be covered by Mr. Sklute include:

  • Detailed overview of the audition process, from start to finish
  • Ways to positively (and negatively!) stand out in an audition
  • What he looks for when hiring dancers
  • What he likes to see in a resume and audition photos, plus other portfolio items that can set dancers apart
  • How and what to prepare before your audition to ensure optimal success
  • Audition etiquette, appearance guidelines, and the little details that can make a big difference
  • Example audition interview questions + how to answer them
  • What to do after the audition to make a lasting impression
  • Height, age, training… do these things matter?

As someone who’s made the final decision at countless auditions, it’s safe to say Mr. Sklute knows a thing or two when it comes to nailing an audition!

 

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