What should I expect at an audition on Charlotte Ballet’s National Audition Tour?
Registration will begin roughly 60 minutes prior to the audition class for each age group. The audition will consist of an hour and a half ballet class, for which a non-refundable audition fee will be charged. The audition class is conducted like a master class; there will be no early cuts. The audition class will consist of barre, center, and pointe work for the women. Men should expect tours en l’air and allegro that includes beats and pirouettes.
How are the audition classes broken down?
The audition classes are broken down by age. The younger age group, and typically the first audition class, is for 11 – 15 year old dancers. The older class is for 16 – 22 year old dancers.
What if I/my dancer is 15 now, but will be 16 once the Summer Intensive starts? Which audition class should I take?
If you are on the 15/16 age cusp, please take the audition class of the 11 – 15 year old dancers. The judges have your birthdate and age on your audition forms, and will know that you will be 16 by the time the Summer Intensive begins. No matter what class, the judges will be able to place you in the appropriate level.
How much pointe training do I need to be accepted into the Summer Intensive?
At least one year of pointe training is required for all female dancers for acceptance into the Summer Intensive.
May I still audition if I have no previous pointe training?
Yes, you are welcome to attend the audition class, but you will not be accepted into the Summer Intensive. All female dancers, Level 1 – Level 4, are required to take daily pointe technique classes.
If I did not pre-register, what forms of payment are accepted on-site?
CASH and CHECK (payable to Charlotte Ballet), are the ONLY ways to pay the audition fee on-site. Please bring exact cash to the audition as our instructors do not have additional funds on hand to make change.
What should I wear to the audition?
Ladies should wear a solid colored leotard, pink ballet tights, and your hair secured in a bun or French twist. Please bring both your flat and pointe shoes. Class will begin in your flat shoes, so please have your pointe shoes ready once the class moves off the barre.
Men should wear black tights and a white fitted t-shirt or leotard with black or white ballet shoes.
What are the photo size requirements for the headshot and photo of the dancer in first arabesque?
Both photos must be a standard 4 x 6 inches. Please write your full name and audition location on the back of both photos.
Can parents watch the audition class?
No, parents are not allowed to observe the audition class.
What is the process for Charlotte Ballet II consideration on the National Audition Tour?
Dancers auditioning on the National Audition Tour have the opportunity to be pre-screened for Charlotte Ballet’s Second Company, in addition to evaluation for the 2017 Summer Intensive and the 2017/2018 Pre-Professional Division.
If you indicate consideration for Charlotte Ballet II and are selected for further evaluation by the Artistic Director, you will be notified at the audition and given further instructions for the next steps in your audition process. It will be your responsibility to communicate with the necessary staff to move your audition along.
If you are solely interested in Charlotte Ballet’s Second Company, please attend the Company Audition scheduled for February 2017 in New York City.
When and how will I get my audition results?
Dancers will receive their audition results two to three weeks after the audition via email. Please make sure to list the email address you check most frequently on the audition form for the quickest response time! You will receive registration information at the time of acceptance.
Can I call and get my results over the phone?
No, audition results will not be discussed or given over the phone at any point in time after the audition.
Can I get personal feedback from my audition?
No, individual audition results/critiques will not be discussed at any point in time after the audition.
What are the level placements for the Summer Intensive?
Charlotte Ballet places dancers into Levels 1 through 4 that best match their technical ability, physical strength, and understanding of movement. The highest of the levels is level 4. Dancers are placed in levels before arriving for the Intensive; you will notified of your level placement at the time of acceptance via email. Subsequent evaluation of all dancers will take place during their first week of classes.
What is the difference in the three session options?
Based on the level the dancer is placed in, you have the option to choose from three Summer Intensive session lengths (5 weeks, 4 weeks, or 3 weeks) to match your schedule and training needs. Dancers in levels 3 & 4 are required to participate in Session A (5 weeks), dancers in level 2 have the option of participating in Session A or B (4 weeks), and dancers in level 1 have the option to participate in Session A, B, or C (3 weeks). The Summer Intensive concludes with the Summer Repertory Performances for dancers participating in Sessions A & B on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
What if I pre-pay for the audition, but do not attend? Can I get a refund?
No refunds will be given for missed auditions, no matter the circumstances.
What if I can’t attend one of the auditions in part of the audition tour? How can I audition?
If you are unable to attend one of the auditions in part of the audition tour, you are welcome submit a video audition beginning January 2, 2017 through February 13, 2017. For more details, please check the Audition Tour Webpage. No in-person auditions will be accommodated for.
I have been accepted in Charlotte Ballet’s 2016 Summer Intensive. What is my next step?
If you are accepted into the program, you will receive the Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive Registration Packet via email attachment at the time of acceptance. Registration is the only way to secure a spot in Charlotte Ballet’s Summer Intensive. Space is limited and we fill spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note, spaces may fill before the March 12, 2017 registration deadline. Dancers are therefore encouraged to submit the registration forms with first payment as quickly as possible. This can be done via PDF email attachment, fax, or mail.
What do I do if I am interested in receiving a Scholarship or Financial Aid?
All merit based scholarships are awarded to the dancer at the time of acceptance. Scholarships based off of both merit and financial need require a separate Financial Aid Application. After you/your dancer has auditioned and been accepted into the Summer Intensive, please contact Ruth Gibbs via email to receive this application. Please note no Financial Aid Applications will be sent to dancers or parents past February 27, 2017.
How do I indicate that I am interested in being considered for Charlotte Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division?
On your audition form, there will be a section at the bottom left of the page where you can notate you are interested in being considered for Charlotte Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division. When you receive your audition results, you will also receive more information regarding your Pre-Professional Division consideration. The Academy uses the Summer Intensive as a time to evaluate dancers for acceptance into our year-round training programs at the Conservatory, Trainee and Apprentice levels within the Pre-Professional Division. Dancers who wish to be considered for these programs are advised to attend our Summer Intensive. For more information regarding Charlotte Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division, click here.
How many dancers are you able to accept to your Summer Intensive?
Our Summer Intensive program maxes out at roughly 100 dancers total. We do our best to keep the levels as even as possible, roughly 25 per level, but this does fluctuate each year dependent on the number of registrations that come in.
What are the dates for the 2016 Summer Intensive?
Session A (5 Weeks): June 26 – July 29, 2017
Session B (4 Weeks): July 3 – July 29, 2017
Session C (3 Weeks): June 26 – July 15, 2017
Final performances for those participating in Sessions A & B will be Saturday, July 29, 2017.
For dancers coming to the Summer Intensive from out of town, what is the summer housing option?
Supervised Room and Board is available on the beautiful, 1,000 acre campus of the University Of North Carolina at Charlotte. Each day, students are shuttled from UNC Charlotte to the Center for Dance. Students may also participate in weekly chaperoned excursions around the Charlotte area. Dancers move in the Sunday before their session begins (June 25, 2017 for Sessions A & C; July 2, 2017 for Session B) and move out the Sunday after their session ends (July 30, 2017 for Sessions A & B; July 16, 2017 for Session C).
What is a typical day like during the Summer Intensive?
For an in-depth look at a sample Summer Intensive schedule, click here.
Still have a question? Please contact Charlotte Ballet Academy Program Manager, Ruth Gibbs, via email.