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Dayton Ballet Invites Area Dancers to Audition for Pre-Professional Companies

DAYTON, OH (April 8, 2013) – Auditions for Dayton Ballet II, Dayton Ballet’s pre-professional training company, will be held Friday, May 10, in the Downtown Dayton studio on the 4th floor of the Victoria Theatre, 140 North Main St. Male and female dancers age 10 and up are encouraged to audition.

DBII consists of a Junior Company (ages 10-14) and a Senior Company (ages 14 and older). Members of both companies may have performance opportunities with Main Stage production of Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the three art forms that comprise the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

“This September begins the 86th season for the Dayton Ballet School founded by Josephine and Hermene Schwartz and the 76th 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 and Senior auditions begin at 6 p.m. Registration begins 30-minutes prior to both audition sessions. Young women auditioning for DBII Senior 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 which 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 fortunate enough to be accepted into summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Virginia School of the Arts. DB II alumni have been accepted into prestigious ballet companies such as 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 professional productions of The Nutcracker at the Benjamin and Marian Performing Arts Center.

For additional information about Dayton Ballet II auditions, please contact the official school of Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Ballet School, at (937) 223-1542.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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