Dance/Opportunity – Contemporary Intensive, International Independent Study Program and The School at Steps Summer Intensive Seek Talent with International Audition Tour
New Dance Tournament! $180,000.00 in Awards and Scholarships! Apprenticeship with Complexions Contemporary Ballet! Full Time with Joffrey Concert Group!
JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL AND COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET PARTNER TO LAUNCH THE ÉLITE DANCE TOURNAMENT
Joffrey Ballet School, a world-renowned dance center offering the most versatile and highest quality training, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, known for their complex performances that are emotionally resonant and remove dance boundaries, partner to launch the first annual Élite Dance Tournament (Élite). The new national competition, which is focused on educational empowerment through constructive evaluation, will take place in six cities with a variety of master classes and focus on ballet, jazz and contemporary styles. In its inaugural year, the tournament will provide an apprenticeship with Complexions Dance Company; a full-time position with the Joffrey Concert Group; and $180,000 in cash and scholarships, including $10,000 each for the ultimate dancer, studio and choreographer.
“The Elite Dance Tournament provides participants a unique opportunity to investigate their craft while working with top dance professionals. The experiences gained from this tournament will help these dancers on their journey to achieve their goals and strengthen their craft,” says Desmond Richardson, co-founder and co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
Keeping true to the tournament’s foundation in education, all competitors will be required to participate in master classes of their discipline. Leading instructors and judges include, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (Complexions); Michael Blake, Jo Matos, Davis Robertson, and Josie Walsh (Joffrey Ballet School); with special guest judges Jodie Gates (Long Beach), Christina Lyon (San Francisco), Nigel Lythgoe (Finals), Adam Sklute (Texas), and Ethan Stiefel (New York).
“As the executive director of Joffrey Ballet School, I’ve had the opportunity to see how passionately young dancers are seeking training and access to the top teachers in the nation. However, top training often presents financial hurdles as well,” says Christopher D’Addario, Executive Director of Elite and Joffrey Ballet School. “We wanted to create Elite with a strong focus on education and judging so these talented young dancers can really grow to be the best.”
EDT – Press Photo by Lois Greenfield – Courtesy of Joffrey Ballet School
Élite will feature the judging system DanceComp Genie making it easy for any dancer, individual or group, to access their scores and corrections. Students will be able to listen to each judge’s notes while reviewing a playback of their performance online.
Tournament awards include; $180,000 in cash and scholarships, including $10,000 each for the ultimate dancer, studio and choreographer. Two talented dancers will also be chosen for an apprenticeship with Complexions Contemporary Ballet or a full-time position with the Joffrey Concert Group, both include housing. The position with Joffrey Concert Group also includes a stipend. For more detailed information about awards, please visit: www.elitedancetournament.com/awards.
Cities and Regulations
The Élite Dance Tournament will begin on February 27, 2015 and will tour to six cities in the United States in search of the most talented students in the country. Winners from the tour will be invited to compete at Finals on May 22-24, 2015. Participants must compete in one of the first six cities, in order to be eligible to compete at Finals. For detailed information about age divisions, disciplines, and rules, please visit: https://www.elitedancetournament.com/rules-and-regulations.
EDT- Press Photo by Sharen Bradford – Courtesy of Complexions Contempoary Ballet
February 27, 2015 – March 1, 2015
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., TAR 230, Tampa, FL 33620-7450
March 13, 2015 – March 15, 2015
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201
March 20, 2015 – March 23, 2015
Texas Women’s University – Margo Jones Performance Hall
1322 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76209
March 27, 2015 – March 29, 2015
3153 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
April 10, 2015 – April 12, 2015
Blumenthal Performing Arts Centers
Knight Theater (4/10)
430 S Tyron Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Booth Playhouse (4/11-12)
130 N Tyron Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
May 1, 2015 – May 3, 2015
Cal. State University, Long Beach – Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840
May 22, 2015- May 24, 2015
About The Élite Dance Tournament
The Élite Dance Tournament is designed to inspire greatness and cultivate passion for dance through achievement. Presented by Joffrey Ballet School and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the tournament aims to cultivate an environment of educational excellence. Partnerships with more than a handful of universities nationwide, provide winners with access to college scholarships. The Élite Dance Tournament empowers studios and dancers through its programs and provides opportunities for effectual and individual feedback. The tournament boasts a great line up of judges and instructors who are masters of their craft as well as monetary prizes for the most élite.
About Joffrey Ballet School
Founded in 1953 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, Joffrey Ballet School maintains the vision of its founders to transform passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society. With an accredited dance program that offers two core pieces of study – ballet and jazz/contemporary – Joffrey is known for its diverse curriculum as well as being the largest summer intensive training program in the country. As Joffrey celebrates its 60th anniversary, it remains at the forefront of American dance education, instilling a passion for dance in children, youth, adults, pre-professionals and professionals. Graduates of the School have gone on to dance for major classical ballet, modern and contemporary companies, both in the United States and abroad.
About Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson in 1994, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past 20 years. The company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them. Whether it be the limiting traditions of a single style, period, venue, or culture, Complexions transcends them all, creating an open, continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world—and all its constituent cultures—as an interrelated whole. Complexions has received numerous awards including the New York Times “Critics Choice” Award and has performed throughout the US, including the Joyce Theater/NY, Lincoln Center/NY, the Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s/NY, the Mahalia Jackson Performance Arts Center in New Orleans, the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, the Music Center in Los Angeles, and the Winspear Opera House/Dallas.
We follow this dance troupe because of the fierce choreography and insightful concepts. We recommend all dancers pay attention.
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Sun, March 30, 2014
5:30-7PM, 5:15 Registration | Movement Audition | DANY Studios
Wed, April 2, 2014
10AM-12PM, 7-9PM | Prospective Dancer Interviews
Thu, April 3 – Thu, April 17, 2014
New Dancer Courtship
Sun, April 20, 2014
Final Dancer Decisions
Artistic Director Sydnie L. Mosley seeks dancers who believe in and uphold our Core Values. Dancers must have strong technical foundation in a range of modern dance techniques including release and contact improvisation. Experience with some West African dance traditions a plus. Dancers also enjoy creating collaboratively, and are willing to take risks.
Compensation and benefits include: paid performances, company class at every rehearsal, professional development opportunities including teacher training and support for achieving personal goals, community building.
Commitment includes: Rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday 6-9pm. Occasional Sunday rehearsals as needed. Professional Development meetings first Sunday of the month 2-4pm.
Pre-season Contract: May-August 2014 (July OFF)*
Performance Contract: September 2014-April 2015
*mandatory for 2014/2015 performance season
Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist who is interested in creative work that is both artistically sound and socially aware. She is most satisfied when immersed in dance, fulfilling her perpetual desire to move, know more about movement, and see the positive impact of movement on the lives of others. Sydnie earned her MFA in Dance with an emphasis on Choreography from the University of Iowa, not long after she received her BA in Dance and Africana Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University. Sydnie’s creative and research interests lie at the intersections of modern dance, movement in the African Diaspora, spirituality, feminism, and literature.
A versatile dancer, Sydnie performs modern dance professionally, most recently with INSPIRIT, a dance company, and Brooklyn Ballet. Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times writes of her performance in David Parker’s Nut/Cracked Redux, “I won’t soon forget… the woman who stood in the center of a sea of floor-bound bodies, allowing her arms to bloom up and open luxuriously in a gracious, centuries-old convention with radiant pride and pleasure.”
Her choreographic work seeks to actively engage audiences, and often reflects issues in black cultures and the experiences of women. Her evening length dance, The Window Sex Project, and its creative process, are a model for dance-activism. With it, she uses movement to respond to the sexual harassment of women in public places. Her dances have been performed extensively throughout New York City and in 2010, she was listed by TheRoot.com as one of twenty-five “Up and Coming: Young Minority Artists and Entrepreneurs.”
In addition, Sydnie is a dance educator who specializes in teaching modern, jazz and West African dance, amongst other styles. She teaches babies (really!), K-12, undergraduates, non-dancers and professionals alike, with the motto: if you can move, you can dance!
While dancing, choreographing and teaching are Sydnie’s most immediate professional ventures, her skills extend beyond the creative. She is a writer and researcher who earned honors for her Barnard College senior thesis, “Dancing Black Christianity: Revealing African American and Ghanaian Cultural Identity through Movement in Christian Worship.” Her most recent published article was in the June 2011 issue of Dance Magazine, “Teacher’s Wisdom: Djoniba Mouflet.” She is also an advocate for dance serving on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee which represents the interests of dance professionals in New York City ages 21-30.
”I won’t soon forget… the woman who stood in the center of a sea of floor-bound bodies, allowing her arms to bloom up and open luxuriously in a gracious, centuries-old convention with radiant pride and pleasure.” Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
Jul 16, 2013
Madison Square Garden Entertainment is seeking Rockettes!! Auditions will be held for both the 2013 edition of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (in New York and in cities across the country) and a NEW large scale theatrical production set to premiere at Radio City in Spring 2014 in New York. AGVA contract. Excellent salary and benefits. Auditions will be held in New York, in mid and late August. For more information, visit radiocityauditions.com.
PREPARE FOR YOUR ROCKETTES AUDITIONS:
Join us for a 4-hour Rockettes Auditions Prep Class on Saturday, August 10th from 10:00am – 2:00pm in an exclusive Rockettes rehearsal space. The day is designed specifically to help prepare you for the Rockettes Open Calls.
Session includes a 2 1/2-hour master class taught by a Rockettes Dance Captain, mock auditions with feedback from the Rockettes Associate Choreographer, and a 30-minute Q&A session.
Space is limited – register today! http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1D004AF1C48485D3)
Open auditions. Please visit our website for full details: radiocityauditions.com