Each year Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre invites young dancers, ages 8-19, to audition for the upcoming 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.
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
SunDance Summer Dance Intensive*, presented in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance
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.
COMPANY & SUNDANCE 2020 AUDITIONS:
Sunday February 23, 2020
Ages 8-10 from 10:00am - 11:30am
Ages 11-13 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Audition Prerequisite: a minimum of 1 year of ballet and/or modern dance training
The audition will consist of ballet technique, modern technique, and improvisation. No solos required.
Monday February 24, 2020
Saturday February 29, 2020
COMPANY & SUNDANCE 2020 AUDITIONS:
Sunday March 1, 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm
Audition Prerequisite: a minimum of 3 years of ballet and/or modern dance training
The audition will consist of ballet technique, modern technique, contemporary repertoire, and improvisation. No solos required.
Monday March 2, 2020
Pre-registration is strongly recommended. See below for details.
*Callbacks are for prospective Company & Apprentice Program dancers only (no callback is required for SunDance applicants).
Click to download all three Audition Documents below. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.
Dancers who cannot attend a live audition may submit a video audition for SunDance 2020 ONLY by June 1st.
For more information and questions about our auditions contact Natasha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For detailed information about the SunDance summer dance intensive please visit theschoolofccdt.ca/sundance.
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