AUDITION FOR SOUTH AFRICAN MZANSI BALLET’S 2014 GRADUATE PROGRAMME ON 12TH OCTOBER
Auditions for the South African Mzansi Ballet’s 2014 Graduate Programme will be held on Saturday, October 12th at 10h00 at the SAMB studios, Joburg Theatre, Hoofd Street, Braamfontein.
For any post-matric aspiring dancer, the SAMB Graduate Programme is a dream year, offering a unique opportunity to train for either six months or a year with a professional ballet company and experience first-hand the career of a professional ballet dancer. This exposure also enables amateur dancers to experience whether they are equipped physically, emotionally and mentally for the rigors of a full-time ballet career. The course exposes the Graduate to the world of the professional stage and successful applicants will participate in the professional company’s classes, rehearsals and productions of a high professional standard.
The audition will consist of an audition ballet class. The audition should be completed by 12h00. The downstairs studio will be available from 09h00 in order to enable candidates to warm up beforehand.
Applicants should be appropriately dressed in ballet gear – pink tights and leotards for ladies and tights and t-shirts for men to enable the SAMB panel to clearly view their work. Female applicants need to bring pointe shoes.
The 2014 programme has been revised and enhanced and will specifically offer:
Graduates will be taught a set ballet class which they will learn at the beginning of the year, and work on in their private classes with members of the professional company. They will also receive pas de deux classes. Graduates learn repertoire variations- both classical and contemporary works – and how to set a class. They will also receive strength, stretch and cardio training and will learn about professional ballet hair, make-up and shoe care. At a Graduation ceremony at the end of the year, they will present the class, perform their variations from repertoire and present a group number. Graduates will appear in all the company’s productions, including Coppélia and La Bayadère, and learn the repertoire.
Subjects include physiology, pathology, anatomy, dance history, music appreciation, ballet terminology and first aid. They will be required to complete a project during the year. Graduates are also required to job shadow selected members of management/artistic team, thereby broadening their knowledge of and exposing them to alternative career opportunities within the performing arts sector. This includes general office management, production budgeting and public relations, dealing with the members of the media, public and role-players in the ballet fraternity, and an introduction to fundraising for the arts.
At the completion of the one-year course, the SAMB Artistic Team will evaluate the Graduate’s progress and accordingly, and dependent on availability, offer the individual a contract. All Graduates who successfully complete the course, (including the research project), receive a certificate to this effect.
R 1350 per month. A limited number of bursaries may be available for qualifying candidates. Please note that this fee does not include the cost of pointe shoes.
Applicants may register their intention to audition by calling Edgar Moagi on (011) 877 – 6898 and are asked to provide a one-page curriculum vitae on the day of the audition. For any other queries please call (011) 877 – 6898.