AUDITIONS

2021 AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED!

Limited spaces available. Apply by May 31. See below to learn more and register today!

Each year Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre invites young dancers, ages 8-19, to audition for the upcoming company season, beginning in September. CCDT dancers come from a variety of training, cultural, and economic backgrounds but all share a passion for the expressive power and range of modern and contemporary dance choreography that is created by leading dance artists on them and for them.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the Company, and keep reading for detailed commitment and audition information.

2021 AUDITIONS: Ages 8-19

Auditioning dancers will be considered for:

  • Full Company Membership with full training, rehearsal, and performance/touring responsibilities

  • Company Apprenticeship with full training and rehearsal responsibilities, and partial performance/touring responsibilities

  • the Core Apprentice Program

  • the Young Apprentice Program

  • SunDance Summer Intensive, presented in association with the Royal Academy of Dance and Healthy Dancer Canada

NOTE: As of April 20, limited spaces are available in select programs only. Please read on for details.

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APPRENTICE PROGRAMS | Ages 8-13

Pre-professional training and performance in ballet and modern dance for young aspiring artists. Learn More

 

Final Registration Deadline: 

Monday, May 31, 2021

Final Video Submission Deadline:

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Fee: $30.00

Applicants will receive detailed instructions for the video audition following the receipt of registration and fee payment. The video audition will consist of short exercises in ballet and modern, plus an improvisation task (no solos required). Please see below for prerequisite experience and video audition Q&A. Apprentice Program applicants may be invited to a live callback at a later date.

REGISTER NOW

 

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SUNDANCE SUMMER INTENSIVE | Ages 8-19

Online & In-Person Program Options

Limited spaces available. Click below for details.

 

Final Registration Deadline: 

Monday, May 31, 2021

Final Video Submission Deadline:

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Fee: $30.00

Applicants will receive detailed instructions for the video audition following the receipt of registration and fee payment. The video audition will consist of short exercises in ballet and modern, plus an improvisation task (no solos required). Please see below for prerequisite experience and video audition Q&A.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW

 

PREREQUISITES - All Audition Candidates

Due to the intensive nature of these programs, audition applicants are expected to have previous training in ballet and/or modern dance techniques.

Ages 8-10: Minimum of 1 year of experience

Ages 11-13: Minimum of 2 years of experience

Ages 14-19: Minimum of 3 years of experience

 
 

2021 AUDITION REGISTRATION

SPACE IS AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS ONLY:*

  • Young Apprentice & Core Apprentice Programs, 2021/22 Season (ages 8-13)

  • SunDance Program C Intro - One-Week Elementary (ages 8-10): In-Studio/Online Hybrid & Online Only options

  • SunDance Program C - Elementary (ages 8-10): In-Studio/Online Hybrid & Online Only options 

  • SunDance Program B - Intermediate (ages 11-13): In-Studio/Online Hybrid & Online Only options

  • SunDance Program A - Advanced (ages 14-19): Online Only *Waitlist for In-Studio/Online Hybrid*

*As of April 20, 2021/Subject to change. Space is limited for in-studio programs. Once a SunDance program reaches capacity for the In-Studio/Online Hybrid intensive, the Online Only and Hybrid Program Waitlists for these levels will be offered to successful applicants. Auditions for the Company's 2021/22 Season (ages 14-19) are now closed.

NOTE: Ages listed are a guideline only for the audition process. The dancer's skill level, ability, and experience are considered alongside age to determine program placement at the time of audition.

ALL VIDEO AUDITION APPLICANTS:

Please download and read all documents below to begin your Registration process. The completed Registration Form, $30 Audition Fee, and completed video audition must be submitted to schoolofccdt@ccdt.org by the deadlines posted below.

DEADLINES:

Final Registration Deadline: May 31, 2021

Final Video Submission Deadline: June 2, 2021

We look forward to seeing you dance!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Company & Apprenticeship with CCDT

Full Company membership brings many benefits, at no cost, including:

  • 25+ professionally produced local and touring performances each season, including two weeks at Fleck Dance Theatre, one of Canada’s leading dance venues

  • creation and rehearsal with internationally recognized choreographers

  • two weekly Company Modern/Contemporary technique classes with Company Directors and renowned guest teachers (supplementing weekly ballet and modern technique classes at the School of CCDT)

  • one weekly Company Conditioning Class for strength, flexibility, alignment, injury prevention, and mental health support

  • unmatched preparation for entry to performing arts programs, conservatories, and dance careers

  • paid performance weeks

  • invaluable networking connections with established international artists and making life-long friends

*Dancers offered Company or Apprentice Program contracts receive automatic acceptance to SunDance.

Company members commit to an 11-month season. In July, new and returning dancers attend CCDT's three-week international SunDance summer intensive* in preparation for the upcoming season. From September through June the dancers take 7-8 dance classes per week*, rehearse repertoire, create new works with commissioned choreographers (approx. 20-25 weekly hours in studio), and perform extensively in three annual productions. Company dancers are also expected to participate in fundraising initiatives throughout the year.

Auditioning dancers between the ages of 8 and 13 may be considered for the Young Apprentice Program or the Core Apprentice Program. These pre-professional companies provide an opportunity for gifted young dancers to enhance their artistry with others who share their love for dance. Many CCDT dancers begin as YAP or Core members, progressing through their training and artistic development to eventually join the Company as full members.

*While CCDT strives to offer as many free training opportunities as possible, our members' School of CCDT technique classes (excluding two weekly company classes and one weekly conditioning class) and SunDance registration are at the dancer's own expense. Exceptional dancers in need of financial assistance may be eligible for SCCDT scholarship.

†Skill level, ability, and experience are considered alongside age to determine program placement at the time of audition. Dancers ages 11-13 who demonstrate advanced-level ability may be considered for full Company Apprenticeship.

For more information and questions about our auditions please contact natasha@ccdt.org.

For detailed information about the SunDance summer dance intensive please visit theschoolofccdt.ca/sundance.

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