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
SunDance Summer Dance Intensive, presented in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance
Auditions will be by video submission only. Selected dancers will be invited to a live callback at a later date.
EXTENDED REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
Sunday, March 14, 2021
EXTENDED VIDEO SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Applicants will receive the instructions for the video audition, which will consist of ballet, modern and improvisation (no solos required), following the receipt of registration and fee payment.
Prerequisites: Due to the intensive nature of these programs, 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 Auditions are by video submission only. Applicants will be sent detailed instructions for the video audition following the receipt of registration and payment.
NEW! Video Audition Q&A
See below or click here to learn more about the video audition process.
All deadlines have been EXTENDED! Please refer to the new dates below for registration and submission of your videos.
EXTENDED Registration Deadline:
March 14, 2021 at 11:59PM ET
EXTENDED Video Submission Deadline:
March 28, 2021 at 11:59PM ET
Audition Fee: $30
Please download and read all documents below to begin your Registration process.
We look forward to seeing you dance!
NEW! 2021 Video Audition Q&A
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 email@example.com.
For detailed information about the SunDance summer dance intensive please visit theschoolofccdt.ca/sundance.
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