Do you know a child who loves to dance? Joburg Ballet believes in nurturing new talent in Johannesburg, regardless of background or location, and the company’s development programme includes three Satellite Schools in Soweto, Alexandra and Braamfontein.
Students for the programme are identified through annual open auditions and registration is now open for the next round, taking place from 27 to 29 November. Children accepted into the development programme pay a registration fee to cover the cost of their ballet clothing, plus a small fee to attend weekly classes, which will start in January 2019.
Exceptional students identified during the audition phase also stand a chance to audition for Joburg Ballet School’s accelerated programme. Classes for all new students take place during weekday afternoons.
‘Joburg Ballet School’s passionate students have proved that, with perseverance and regular attendance, they can really develop their talent,’ says Schools Coordinator Keke Chele. ‘This year, learners from the school have taken part in a number of events, including a special Heritage Day performance for over 600 learners in association with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jozi Tese Festival, and Joburg Ballet’s season of The Nutcracker at Joburg Theatre. Performances like this allow our students to improve their skills and gain valuable experience on stage.
‘We look forward to unearthing more new talent during these upcoming November auditions, to join our existing and very dedicated students in our vocational programme.’
So be sure to let any budding ballet dancers know about this great opportunity to train with one of South Africa’s foremost companies. Auditions will take place at 15:00 on 27 November at Uncle Tom’s Hall, Orlando West, Soweto; 28 November at San Kopano, 12th Avenue, Alexandra; and 29 November at the National School of the Arts, Hoofd Street, Braamfontein.
For further details and to book a place for your child, email Keke Chele via firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, 23 November. You can also visit the Learn page on the company’s website – www.joburgballet.com – where you can register online.