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Joburg Ballet is looking for new dancers

Joburg Ballet will be holding auditions for children to take part in The Nutcracker and for professional dancers to join the company on full-time or ad hoc contracts, or to enrol in the Joburg Ballet Aspirant programme for 2022.

Joburg Ballet auditions
Monike Cristina and Ruan Galdino, Joburg Ballet PHOTO Lauge Sorensen

The company seeks South African dancers with a sound classical ballet technique; women dancers should be skilled in pointe work. Specifically, the auditions are for dancers to:

  • Join the company’s 2022 Aspirant Programme
  • Fill vacancies in the company
  • Fill short-term contracts to take part in Joburg Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker

Auditions take place at the Joburg Ballet studios or via Zoom on Saturday 4 September from 10:00 to 12:00. 

Applicants unable to audition on 4 September should contact Chase Bosch on to make alternative arrangements. Women are requested to bring pointe shoes. All applicants must bring an updated CV with recent full body photo and height in centimetres or email it in advance; Zoom participants to please email CV.

Joburg Ballet auditions
Children in ‘The Nutcracker’ Joburg Ballet 2018 PHOTO Lauge Sorensen

Calling all teachers

Joburg Ballet also invites ballet and dance teachers to the Joburg Ballet studios on Thursday 26 August from 11:30 to 12:30 to learn two children’s sections from The Nutcracker. They will then go back to their students to teach and rehearse them in preparation for participation in Joburg Ballet’s production.

On Saturday 11 September at 10:00, teachers will be asked to return to Joburg Ballet with their students for a selection process which will include an assessment based on the heights of the children and their ability to fit into pre-existing costumes. Children required comprise groups of 4 boys and 4 girls ages 6/7 (girls may perform as ‘boys’) and group of 5 ‘mice’ ages 5/6 (small children) who need to wear full ‘mouse’ body costume and mask.

Participating studios will be required for rehearsals at Joburg Ballet from Wednesday 29 September and for The Nutcracker season at the Joburg Theatre from 8 – 17 October.

Interested teachers and studios are asked to contact Chase Bosch, Company Manager, Joburg Ballet on

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