Auditions

Welcome!

Our 40th annual production of The Nutcracker will be performed December 10-12, 2021 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.  This spring we look forward to our production of Peter Pan, which will be held on March 18- 20, 2022 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.  

The company is structured in four parts:

  • Apprentice Membership
  • Junior Trainee Membership 
  • Junior Performing Membership
  • Senior Performing Membership

*Some considerations to accommodate college or high school graduates are available and should be discussed with the Artistic Director.  

Age Requirements:

An Apprentice or Junior Trainee member must be 10 years old on or by July 31, 2021, and have at least two years of formal ballet training and be dancing at an upper beginner level or intermediate level. 

Performing members (Junior and Senior members) must be at least 13 years old on or by July 31, 2021.  Pointe work should be suitable for intermediate and above level (usually, but not limited to, four or more years). 

Audition Dates:

  • Performing Member auditions will be held Saturday, August 14th 
  • Apprentice Member auditions will be held Saturday, August 14th

There is a $25 non-refundable audition fee due at the time of the audition. 

We are asking that everyone attending auditions in person must register online by filling out the audition form on www.balletartsjackson.org by Wednesday, August 11th. 

Video Submissions:

This year we are excited to offer video submissions to any dancers unable to attend an in person audition.  You can find all requirements and regulations for videos listed here.

Ballet Arts Video Guidelines 

CDC Requirements

We will follow all CDC guidelines.  As stated by the CDC. . . “Any individual vaccinated can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” We are asking that any individuals not vaccinated attending the 2021-2022 auditions wear a face mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19 or like variants.

*All guidelines are subject to change as the CDC frequently updates their policies.  We will follow any changes suggested by the CDC.

Yearly Fees:

Yearly fees for ALL company members are $350 per year. It can be paid all at once or in two payments. Balances must be paid in full by September 21st.  It is the desire of the Board of Directors that no dancer is excluded from participation in the company due to financial constraints.  Our 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!  Tabitha AtKisson, our Friends and Family coordinator, will be available to answer questions you have regarding the many committees.

Important Information:

It is imperative that you register your child prior to auditions!  This lets us know how many students will be attending, and how many time slots we will need to offer for check-in.  Once you have registered you will be contacted with a specific time for your child’s audition.  Our auditions will range from 8AM to 12:30PM. 

Those who do not  register by August 11th will not be admitted into auditions, and therefore will be disqualified from our 2021- 2022 season.

Required Forms:

The following forms/items are needed on the day of auditions:

  1. Dancer Information
  2. Emergency Dancer Treatment form
  3. Financial Agreement form

Please download them and have them filled out prior to auditions and dates indicated.

**A copy of a birth certificate must be presented for new applicants**

Additional Forms:

The following forms/items are due by 1st company meeting on August 21, 2020:

** A copy of a physical completed within the last year is needed for all dancers**

Forms are available on the Ballet Arts website. Please download them and have them filled out prior to auditions and dates indicated.  

Questions? Contact Us

I am looking forward to seeing you on August 14th and working with you through our next exciting season with Ballet Arts!  In the meantime, if you have any questions, you may contact Ballet Arts at (731)394-5680, or contact me via email:  balletartspresident@gmail.com

Kimberly Evans

 President, Board of Directors 

 Ballet Arts Inc. of Jackson