Dayton Ballet II sets auditions

Staff report

DAYTON — Auditions for Dayton Ballet II (DBII), Dayton Ballet’s pre-professional training company, will be Sept. 4 in the downtown Dayton studio on the 4th floor of the Victoria Theatre, 140 N. Main St.

Male and female dancers 10 and older are eligible to audition.

DBII comprises a junior company (ages 10-14) and a senior company (14 and older). Members of both companies may have performance opportunities with main stage productions of Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

“September 2015 begins the 88th season for the Dayton Ballet School, founded by Josephine and Hermene Schwarz, and the 78th 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 begin at 4:30 p.m., and senior auditions 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 accepted into summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Virginia School of the Arts. DBII alumni have been accepted into 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 2015-2016 professional productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella” and “Romeo and Juliet” at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.

For information call 937-224-3521, ext. 1222.

Staff report

This article was submitted by the Dayton Ballet School.

This article was submitted by the Dayton Ballet School.