Ballet Arts of Jackson


    

Auditions 2017 - 2018 Season

Our 35th annual production of The Nutcracker will be performed December 8-10, 2017 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. This spring we look forward to our production of Beauty and the Beast, which will be held March 17-18, 2017 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Auditions for the company will be held Saturday, August 19th at the Ballet Arts Studio starting at 9:00 A.M. Registration will begin at 8:30 A.M. There is a $25 non-refundable audition fee due at the time of the audition. This is the only audition date. Everyone is required to be present on this audition day to become a member of the company. (No other audition is scheduled.) Please contact the director as soon as possible if this is a problem.

The company is structured in three parts, Apprentice Membership, Junior Performing Membership and Senior Performing Membership. Some considerations to accommodate college or high school graduates are available and should be discussed with the Artistic Director.

Auditions for Apprentice Membership: 9:00 A.M. Saturday, August 19th
      1.  Apprentices must be 10 years or older on or by July 31, 2017.
      2.  An Apprentice member should have at least two years of formal ballet training and be dancing at an upper beginner level or intermediate level.
      3.  Dancers are expected to be on time, dressed properly and warmed up in time for the audition.
The following forms/items are needed on the day of auditions:
      1. Dancer_Information_Sheet_-_fillable2.pdf
      2. DANCER_EMERGENCY_TREATMENT_FORM_-_Fillable.pdf
**A copy of a birth certificate must be presented for new applicants**


Auditions for Performing Membership: 11:30 A.M Saturday, August 19th.
        1. Performing members must be at least 13 years old on or by July 31, 2017.
        2. Pointe work should be suitable for intermediate and above level (usually, but not limited to, four or more years).
        3.  Dancers are expected to be on time, dressed properly and warmed up in time for the audition.
The following forms/items are needed on the day of auditions:
        1. Dancer_Information_Sheet_-_fillable2.pdf
        2. DANCER_EMERGENCY_TREATMENT_FORM_-_Fillable.pdf
**A copy of a birth certificate must be presented for new applicants**

There will be a brief mandatory meeting of dancers and at least one parent between the auditions at 11:00 A.M.

Yearly fees for ALL company members are $300 per year. Ballet_Arts_Financial_Agreement.pdfclick here for Financial Agreement. It can be paid all at once or in two payments. Balances must be paid in full by September 23rd. It is the desire of the Board of Directors that no dancer is excluded from participation in the company due to financial constraints. Our new Member Care Committee will be happy to hear about any problems you may have with the fee schedule.

As with any non-profit organization, volunteer work is vastly important to the smooth running of the organization. This is especially true for Ballet Arts, Inc. because we are a volunteer staffed organization. There is a place for each and every one of you and you are needed! Our parents and Friends of Ballet Arts logged in over 8,000 hours of volunteer time in some years. That is impressive for such a small organization and our parents are to be commended. Let’s keep up the good work, and we are sure to have successful years in the future. Angela Davis, our Friends and Family coordinator will be available to answer question you have regarding the many committees.

The following forms/items are due by 1st company class on August 26, 2017:
      1.) Dancer Personal Medical History form (Will be mailed to you)
      2.) Declaration of Conflict (Will be mailed to you)
      3.) Dancer Contract (Will be mailed to you)
      4.) Family Commitment Contract (Will be mailed to you)
      5.) Ballet_Arts_Financial_Agreement.pdf
** A copy of a physical completed within the last year is needed for all dancers**

BALLET ARTS RULES

All company members are required to follow the rules and regulations outlined below

Membership
It is required that a parent or guardian of all dancing members under age eighteen or still in high school be a member of the sponsoring organization, Ballet Arts, Inc. of Jackson. All dancers above eighteen and out of high school must be a member of the sponsoring corporation, Ballet Arts, Inc. of Jackson. (The membership fee is already paid as part of the assessment.)  All families must commit to 30 volunteer hours per year.

Specific Requirements
Performing members must be 13 years old by August 1 and capable of maintaining intermediate to advanced skills.  They must have pointe skills suitable for intermediate level.

Apprentices must be 10 years old by August 1 and have at least two years of formal ballet training or its equivalent. They must be at a beginner/intermediate level and may or may not be en pointe

Rehearsals
Dancers are required to attend all scheduled rehearsals. The regular schedule consists of one company class and rehearsals per week. Extra rehearsals will be called when necessary. Individuals may be called for private rehearsals as required.

Casting
Casting is done according to the dancer’s ability and suitability for the role. It is the privilege of the artistic director to cast as she sees fit.

Costumes
Ballet Arts will supply all costumes for performances but each member is responsible for his own shoes and tights

Practice Attire
Practice attire for girls will consist of black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and pink pointe shoes. Attire for boys will consist of white t-shirt, black tights, and black or white ballet shoes.

Behavior/Appearance
Each company member is required to abide by the standards of behavior.

Class Attendance
All dancers are required to attend a minimum number of ballet classes

Company Performance Assessment
A company performance assessment must be paid on acceptance into the company.  The fee is $300 for all performers.

Unexcused absences
All unexcused absences must be prearranged with the artistic director well in advance and may not be taken within two weeks prior to a performance. This includes the two weekends prior to a performance. The only excused absences are for illness or death in the family.

No rehearsals may be missed in the two weeks prior to performance. This includes the two weekends prior to a performance. Dancers missing stage or dress rehearsals will forfeit their part.
More detailed information can be obtained by attending meetings at time of auditions.

For more information about this program, please contact us.