The Johannesburg Youth Ballet (JYB) will be holding auditions for its 2016 Company on Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7, at the National School of the Arts.
2016 promises to be an exciting year for the company as it prepares to celebrate its 40th Anniversary in spectacular style.
There will be separate auditions for junior and senior dancers. Candidates must be 12 years and over and have had significant ballet training. Juniors should be at Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate level and between 12 and 15 years of age.
The first round of junior auditions will take place on Saturday, February 6, from 2pm to 3.15pm. The senior dancers will audition from 3.30pm to 4.45pm. The senior group caters for Advanced Foundation and Advanced 1&2 dancers who are 16 years and over.
Registration for the Junior Auditions will commence at 1pm at the National School of the Arts and all candidates should be there by 1.30pm at the latest. Senior registration is at 2.30pm and candidates should be there by 3pm. The audition will include pointe work so all girls must bring pointe shoes.
All dancers should warm up before their allocated audition class time, which will consist of a short barre followed by centre work. Male dancers must come dressed in tights or shorts and a T-shirt. All females must wear leotards and pink tights with their hair in a secure and tidy bun. No baggy clothing will be allowed.
There will be a call back audition on Sunday, February 7, between 9.30am and 12.30pm, should the Artistic Director wish to see candidates again.
Successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance by the end of February at the latest. Thereafter they will attend classes and rehearsals, which are held on Saturday afternoons and occasionally on Sundays. They may also be required to attend rehearsals on public holidays and during the school holidays. They must be available during the Government School Holiday from September 30 to October 10 as the 2016 Gala 40th Anniversary Season is scheduled to take place from October 11 to 16 in the Mandela Theatre at the Joburg Theatre.
The programme will feature Mark Hawkins’ critically acclaimed ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ accompanied by orchestra as well as a specially commissioned contemporary work by a JYB alumnus, who has gone on to achieve great things in the professional dance industry.
The 40th Anniversary celebrations will be a yearlong programme of significant events including a possible tour to the Free State and the Northern and Eastern Cape, the launch of a 40th Anniversary Archival book and the commissioning of a new ballet for performance in 2017.
This unique youth company has stayed the course through all weathers providing young dancers with the opportunity of dancing in a professionally run youth company since its launch in 1976 and guiding many a young dancer into tertiary training institutions and into the profession.
* Visit the Johannesburg Youth Ballet’s website at www.jyb.co.za.
National School of the Arts, is situated on 17 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein.