Dayton Ballet sets auditions for DBII

Staff report

DAYTON — Auditions for Dayton Ballet II (DBII), Dayton Ballet’s preprofessional training company, will be May 5 in the downtown Dayton studio on the fourth floor of the Victoria Theatre, 140 N. Main St.

Male and female dancers, 10 and older, are encouraged to audition.

DBII comprises a Junior Company of dancers 10 to 14. They must not be older than 14 between the dates of September 2017 and May 2018. and a Senior Company of dancers 14 and older. Members of both companies may have performance opportunities with main stage productions of Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the three organizations that comprise the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

“This September begins the 90th season for the Dayton Ballet School, founded by Josephine and Hermene Schwarz, and the 80th season of the Dayton Ballet,” said Carol Jean Heller, director of the Dayton Ballet School. “We are the only ballet school in the Miami Valley affiliated with a professional dance company.”

Junior auditions will begin at 4:30 p.m., and senior auditions will begin at 6 p.m. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to both audition sessions. Young women auditioning for DBII Senior Company should bring pointe shoes. There is no fee to audition or to participate. If selected, the only fee involved will be the cost of classes.

DBII Junior students are expected to take three ballet classes each week, as well as one weekly scholarship conditioning/fitness class.

DBII Senior students take three ballet classes and two pointe classes per week, as well as scholarship classes that include, but are not limited to, two ballet classes with the professional company per week and two conditioning/fitness classes per week. Many DBII Senior members have been fortunate enough to be accepted into summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Virginia School of the Arts. DBII alumni have been accepted into prestigious ballet companies, including the San Francisco Ballet, Washington Ballet, BalletMet and Montgomery Ballet.

Members of DBII receive opportunities for performances throughout the school year. Performances have included the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Program; the annual Wright State University Dance Concert series; lecture demonstrations for the Dayton Foundation; and Dayton Ballet School’s annual performances. Additionally, DBII company members may have the chance to participate in Dayton Ballet’s 2017-2018 professional productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” in the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.

For information about Dayton Ballet II auditions, call 937-223-1542.

Staff report