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KALAMAZOO YOUTH BALLET COMPANY

Kalamazoo Youth Ballet

Photos of our dancers by Picking Photography

2023/2024 COMPANY AUDITIONS

Auditions for the Kalamazoo Youth Ballet will be on June 1st, 2023 from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Dancers must be 10 - 18yrs and enrolled at Ballet Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Youth Ballet joins together a dedicated group of motivated youth dancers who work hard to achieve their goals while being great role models for younger dancers.  

 

 This special group of dancers are role models, and leaders, and are responsible for the lead and supporting roles in our performances of The Nutcracker Kalamazoo and our spring fairy tale ballet.  Dancers are invited to compete in the prestigious ballet competition, YAGP.

 

Participation in the Kalamazoo Youth Ballet depends on students and parents maintaining their commitment. 

 

* Dancers auditioning must attend summer classes with Ballet Kalamazoo and/or a professional summer intensive and our August Dancer Intensive, August 7-11th, 2023.

 

This is for the more serious, committed dancer.

Kalamazoo Youth Ballet Qualifications:

Junior Division

  • Must be 10 by audition

  • Must be no older than 13

  • Must attend an audition

  • Upon acceptance, both dancer and parent sign a commitment form

  • Must be a student for a minimum of 1 year at Ballet Kalamazoo or demonstrate proficient technique from the previous studio and commit to studying at Ballet Kalamazoo

 

 Senior Division

  • Must be 12 by audition

  • Must be no older than 17/18 Senior in high school

  • Must Attend audition

  • Upon acceptance, both dancer and parent sign a commitment form

  • Must be a student at Ballet Kalamazoo for 1 year or demonstrate proficient technique from the previous studio(per director’s discretion and evaluation)

  • Students auditioning from another studio must commit to training with BK and will be a company apprentice before becoming a full company member

  • Dancers are able to execute the movements expected for Senior Division Level

Expectations for dancers in the Kalamazoo Youth Ballet

  • Attend technique classes per level

  • Attend all rehearsals unless excused 

  • Commit to memory all choreography by practicing and reviewing outside of the studio

  • Be positive and supportive in conversation with peers and if struggling encourage conversation with Director.

  • Be leaders and role models both in dancing and in attitude to the Junior Division and Ballet Kalamazoo students.

 

Expectations of parents of dancers in the Kalamazoo Youth Ballet

  • Support their child in attending all rehearsals/classes

  • Maintain calendar and communicate in advance all absences with the Director

  • Encourage and support their dancer in reviewing choreography outside of the studio.

  • Be positive, and supportive, and represent Ballet Kalamazoo's core values.

Who is eligible for the Kalamazoo Youth Ballet

  • Dancers who show regular attendance at Ballet Kalamazoo

  • Dancers whose class, rehearsal, and backstage etiquette is a role model to others 

  • Dancers whose technical ability both in flat and pointe is strong and consistent

  • Dancers who through prior experience working with Ballet Kalamazoo have shown consistency, ability to retain learned choreography, ability to express and emote, ability to manage the responsibility, and time commitment.

 

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