AUDITIONS

Thank you for your interest in joining Paradosi Ballet Company in ministry during the 2018 / 2019 Season!!!  We are so excited to learn about you and to hear about why you feel called to join Paradosi Ballet Company in the upcoming year!  We know that God has a place for everyone to serve and we hope that He is calling you here!  If you have any questions about the audition process please do not hesitate to contact us! We look forward to hearing from you!!


audition@paradosiballetcompany.com


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Applications Are Due No Later Than February 15, 2018

Don't miss the deadline!! Make sure to submit your application early.

The Audition Process


Steps 1

Apply

Complete and submit an Audition Application with the required photos, video, and $25 application fee. Applications are due on or before February 15, 2018

  • You will be notified via email if you will be invited for a personal audition at our studio in Tacoma, Washington that will be held March 18 - March 20, 2018.  
  • If you are invited for a personal audition you will take ballet class, learn choreography, participate in a rehearsal, share your testimony, share your worship solo, and meet with the ministries Directors to talk about any questions that you may have. 

Step 2

Personal Audition

Step 3

Notification

You will be notified within two weeks of your audition if you will be invited to join the program for the upcoming season. 

PLEASE NOTE:


  • Your Audition Video must be completed in the following order and will only be accepted with all four sections being present in the video.  Partial videos will not be accepted.
  • Please wear only a leotard and tights for the class portion of this video.
  • Audition videos may be submitted online with your application via a link from YouTube or Vimeo.  Please do not submit your video via other social media platforms.  If you wish to submit your video by mail, please send your DVD or flash drive to:

Paradosi Ballet - Auditions

4020 S 56th Street, Suite 105

Tacoma, WA 98409


Part 1: Introduction

Introduce yourself

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Where you are from

Part 2: Ballet Class


Section A: Barre Work

Please film barre work from the side, rotating combinations on the right and left side.  This portion of the video should be no longer than ten-minutes.

  1. Plie combination
  2. Tendus and dégagés from fifth position
  3. Ronde de jambe
  4. Develop en croix
  5. Grand battements

Section B: Center

Please film Center from the front.  Combinations should be demonstrated both right and left. This portion of the video should be no longer than 10-minutes.

  1. an adagio including a balance, arabesque line and developpe
  2. Petite allegro
  3. Grand allegro

Section C. Pointe

  1. Echappes with en-dehors pirouettes
  2. Diagonal turning combination ending in releve arabesque balance


Part 3: Classical Variation on Pointe


Part 4: Worship Solo

Audition Video Requirements

Photo Requirements

All applications must be submitted with the following two photos: 


Photo 1:  Headshot

Photo 2: Full body dance photo in 1st arabesque en pointe


Your photos must be submitted with your application.

Duration of the Trainee Program

  • The Trainee Program is a two-year non-credit vocational program focused on ballet, ministry training, and training students to become dance teachers in a Christ centered organization.  
  • Students may petition to return for a third year of training after their completion of the two year trainee program if both the Directors and the Trainee feel that a third year would be of benefit.


Evaluation


At the end of each school year, students in the trainee program will be evaluated and notified of one of the following:

  1. Remain in the Trainee Program for an additional year
  2. Be given an offer to join the Touring Company as an Apprentice
  3. Be released from the Trainee Program and encouraged to pursue other opportunities

Trainee Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Apprentice or Trainee
  • Paradosi has positions open for both Touring Company Apprentices and Trainees; however, placement as an Apprentice or Trainee is at the sole discretion of the Directors of Paradosi Ballet Company.  
  • The audition is the same for the Trainee Program and for the Touring Company
Acceptance Into The Program
  • Not everyone who applies or auditions will be accepted into the Trainee Program or Touring Company.  Applicants will be assessed on their technical dance abilities, artistry, and spiritual maturity by the staff of Paradosi.  Your application, references, testimony, personal audition, and prayerful consideration will be utilized in our decision making process. 

What are the minimum age and education requirements to audition?

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated from high school or received a GED certificate by the start of the season.

What is the commitment length for Apprentices?

  • Apprentices commit to the ministry on a year-by-year basis.  The apprenticeship starts in August when the Touring Company season begins for the year and runs through the first week of July.  The touring season may be extended to the end of July if a tour requires additional commitment during the summer.  

Do trainees pay tuition?

  • Yes, tuition is $2,250 US per year, which equates to $225 per month September through June.  Tuition is due by the 5th day of every month.  Late fees may apply if tuition is not received on time

How are trainees and apprentices financially supported?

  • Ministry members are responsible for their own living expenses.  Some members receive support from family and friends while other work part-time jobs to cover their living expenses.  Many to the ministry members work at retail stores and restaurants in their off hours to support themselves in their calling.  Accepted applicants are encouraged to start seeking financial support and saving funds prior to joining the ministry in order to reduce the amount of hours that they may need to work to cover their expenses during the year.


Where do Trainees and Apprentices live?

  • Ministry members are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing. Most of the ministry members live in apartments or houses with other members of the ministry.   Some members also choose to find a host home from their local church to live. If accepted into the program we will provide contact information for all of the members of the ministry so you can connect to find roommates.  Trainees and Apprentices are not allowed to live alone and must live with at least one other ministry member for safety and accountability.  


May I attend college classes?

  • Of course! Members are free to attend college in their free time or take classes online as their schedule permits.


Will trainees perform?

  • Yes! Trainees minister at local retirement homes, assisted living centers, schools, and for kids church throughout the season.  Trainees may also have the opportunity to take small roles in local performances with the Touring Company. 


What does the schedule look like for a trainee?

  • Trainees will have dance and discipleship classes Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:00pm.  They will also be involved in outreach programs and special events on some evenings and weekends as well as learning to teach dance one night per week in the ministries dance school


Beliefs

  • All applicants should be self-professing Christians with a desire to share the love of Jesus through the arts.
  • All Trainees and Touring Company members will need to agree with the ministries Statements of Faith and become members of the ministry.
  • All ministry members are required to regularly attend a local Christian church of their own choosing.

Male Applicants

  • While the ministry is currently comprised of all female dancers, the program is open to male applicants as well.  However, for housing and accountability requirements, we must have a minimum of two male dancers accepted into the program at the same time. If you are a male Christian dancer, we strongly encourage you to apply.  Applications from male dancers will be kept on file for six months and if additional qualified male dancers apply you will be contacted to begin the audition process.


International Students

  • As Paradosi does not have the proper credentials from the government for accepting International students, we cannot accept Applications from non-US students at this time.  
  • International students are encouraged to apply with our friends in ministry at Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi
  • International students may; however, attend our annual summer dance intensive while visiting the US.