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July, 12-19, 2020

Ellison Ballet - Year-Round Professional Training Program Auditions 2020-2021

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About the Ellison Ballet - Professional Training Program

This year-round, full-day training program is designed to meet the needs of those dedicated students 12-19 years of age who seek the highest standard of classical ballet education to prepare for a professional career.

Working daily under Edward Ellison's artistic direction, and his faculty's careful guidance, students develop the essential skills to fully explore and realize their greatest individual potential. This program is based on the Vaganova method, a system of training that is logical, thought-provoking, inspiring and highly effective. There is great emphasis on our men's program, focusing on the development of the power, stamina, and masculinity associated with strong male technique.

Along with daily lessons in classical technique, students are immersed in learning the classical repertoire and are exposed to a variety of workshops to develop fluency in various styles of dance.

Ellison Ballet's exceptional Vaganova-based training includes:
Classical Technique
Separate Men's Class
Male Variations
Pas De Deux
Selected Students chosen for International Competitions

Professional Training Program classes run Monday-Friday, 10:30am-4:30pm.

Audition Requirements
Applicants should be between 12 - 19 years of age and have a strong basic classical foundation in relation to their level and age. (11 year olds may audition as long as they are age 12 by September). Dancers should audition with the age group that they fall into on the date of the audition. Girls should wear a solid color leotard and full-length pink tights with ballet slippers. Boys should wear white t-shirts and full-length black tights.  

Acceptance and Enrollment Process
Upon completing an audition, participating students will receive a letter indicating acceptance, wait-list, or non-acceptance within two weeks. 
Accepted students will receive an invitation letter along with Enrollment Forms detailing the fees, deadlines, etc.

**For questions regarding the Professional Training Program or the audition process, please email
No phone calls please unless urgent.

In place of our annual in-person audition, Ellison Ballet will hold live audition classes for the year-round Professional Training Program on Zoom on the following dates: 

Sunday, July 12, 2020     
Ages 12-14:     Sign-In to Zoom: 12:30pm  Audition: 1:00-3:30pm (USA-EDT)
Ages 15-19:     Sign-In to Zoom: 4:00pm   Audition: 4:30-7:00pm (USA-EDT)
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 10, 12pm (USA-EDT)

Sunday, July 19, 2020      
Ages 12-19:     Sign-In to Zoom: 7:30pm  Audition: 8:00-10:30pm (USA-EDT)
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 17, 12pm (USA-EDT)
*This audition is for International Students who are not able to attend on July 12 due to their time zone.

Audition Fee: $40

Students may send video auditions if they are not able to attend the Zoom auditions listed above. Students must register online before sending their video audition. Unregistered candidates will not be considered for Ellison Ballet programs. 

Video Submission Deadline: August 1, 2020

Video Submission Information:
Video submissions should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length and demonstrate barre and center exercises, including adagio, tendus, pirouettes, grand pirouettes, petit, medium, and grand allegro, tours en l'air for men, fouettes and pointe work for ladies. You may also include a classical ballet variation if desired. At the beginning of the video, you should introduce yourself and state your age, the number of year(s) of ballet/dance study, the number of years of pointe work (if applicable), the name(s) of your current school and teacher(s), and any previous summer intensive programs, festivals and/or international ballet competitions in which you have participated. The attire should be a black leotard and full length pink tights for ladies and a white shirt and black tights for men. 

Audition Fee: $40



Scholarships are limited and considered for students of exceptional talent and need and granted at the sole discretion of Ellison Ballet. Students receiving scholarship are expected to make early decisions about attendance. 

Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy
Ellison Ballet admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of the aforementioned qualities or characteristics in its recruitment and admission of students, educational policies, scholarship programs, and the operation of any of its school-administered programs.

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