MELBOURNE’S PREMIERE YOUTH PRODUCTION COMPANY

AUDITION TO BE A PART OF OUR 2018 SEASON

The Australian National Youth Ballet (ANYB) provides the opportunity for students of  Melbourne Academy of the Arts alongside external selective and auditioned students to become members of a semi-professional ballet company. The Youth Ballet provides emerging young dancers essential and necessary stage practice and experience.  

Students selected for ANYB are provided with the ability  to rehearse in over 980m2 of the Academy’s world class facilities and gain exclusive opportunities to collaborate and work alongside professional guest artists, choreographers & producers. 

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WORK ALONGSIDE INTERNATIONAL GUEST ARTISTS, FACULTY & CHOREOGRAPHERS

RESIDENTIAL GUEST ARTIST & FACULTY

GUEST PRODUCER & DIRECTOR 

GUEST TEACHER & DANCER

GUEST TEACHER & DANCER

2018 GUEST ARTISTS

THE BENEFITS OF BEING INVOLVED?

ANYB offers participants the unique opportunity to experience and perform in company standard productions. Participating in ANYB will accelerate the dancer’s training and will allow them to gain in depth insight into what a career in classical ballet would be like.

ANYB allows the dancers to work at an elite and professional level, giving them the opportunity to further enhance their skills by; 

  • Developing the ability to learn & study choreography & repetoire efficiently, in great detail and to the desired standard of technical and artistic proficiency. 
  • Provides  young dancers with access to train and perform with qualified industry dancers in a professional setting.

Participants will also develop their skills in all other areas of production such as; 

  • Working with elaborate and full scale staging of sets, scenery and props.
  • Working in professional theatres, designed specifically for classical ballet.
  • Performing in professional, couture made and custom costumes. 

DEVELOP YOUR ARTISTRY & PERFORMANCE SKILLS

Ballet goes far beyond technique. A dancer must be an artist and with that have a vast understanding of musicality, artistic sensitivity and mime to be able to portray the story to an audience. Company dancers spend hours learning the correct mime and timing of musical punctuation in repetoire that must be performed precisely in each performance. 

ANYB offers young aspiring dancers the chance to develop a deeper understanding of such nuances and stylisation required for each role. Participants will have the opportunity to learn various repetoire. A dancer must be adaptable in all areas and quick to learn choreography. These are essential  skills required to be considered for employment into a professional ballet company. 

The skills developed and studied at ANYB  can be applied to all other areas of their dance education and will aid young dancers with their continued training.

In order to develop a high level of performance skill to aid you should you wish to pursue a career as a professional dancer, a professional setting and environment is the most effective way to study in great detail the technique and artistry required. 

AUDITION PROCESS

MAARTS ACADEMY STUDENTS

Academy students are not required to audition for entry into Australian National Youth Ballet as this is part of their regular training “Production”.

Auditions are for external students only.

EXTERNAL STUDENTS: 

Applicants are required to gain permission from their current schools and studio directors in order to be eligible to participate in The Australian National Youth Ballet.  Applicants are also required to demonstrate a suitable level of technical and artistic ability necessary as deemed by the Producers/Directors to be considered for acceptance into the Youth Ballet company.

Please Note: All external students accepted to be involved in ANYB are only permitted to train for repertoire and rehearsal purposes during ANYB rehearsal times. External students will not have access to classes offered at MAARTS or be involved in any of the Academy’s varied programs such as Classical Extension Program (C.E.P) or Competition Squad.  By being involved in ANYB it does not offer any right off passage to be considered for entry into the Academy or any of it’s programs in the future. The Academy is an elite training centre for classical ballet and as such entry is via audition only for all levels aged 2 years and above.

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2018 SEASON: REHEARSALS & DATES

2018 Theatre Rehearsals

Sunday 30 September

Monday 1 October 

Tuesday 2 October 

Wednesday 3 October 

Thursday 4 October 

The performances are held annually during the school holidays at the National Theatre in St Kilda.

Performance Dates

Friday 5 October  (Evening) 

Saturday 6 October (Matinee) 

Weekly Rehearsals :

  • Students will train on Saturdays during each term.
  • Rehearsal times  for Term 1, 2018 are Saturday between 1.30- 3.30pm and may be subject to vary between each term. 
  • Detailed schedule of rehearsals will be issued on a term by term basis and may vary from 2- 3 hours for regular rehearsal time and 5-8 hour days closer to the performance date. 
  • Students rehearse in full cast and/or in individual groups during these times. 
  • On occasion an additional rehearsal may be scheduled with short notice closer to the performance date for any items requiring finalising or tidying. 

School Holiday Rehearsals:

  • All Participants are required to be available during the April school holidays. Damian Smith will be rehearsing and finalising the production with Academy Director Jasmina Stefkovski between March 11 and April 15, 2018. 
  • Students will be rehearsing from 23 – 30 September the week prior to theatre rehearsals for any items that may still require polishing or finalising. Lead, soloist and pas deux will definitely need to be on stand by for this week.

Additional Rehearsal Information:

  • Participants will be required for a minimum of 3 full Saturdays prior to the theatre rehearsal week. 
  • Lead roles, soloists and selective corps de ballet items may be required during April & July school holidays.
  • Soloist leads performing in any variation or in a pas de deux with guest artists may be required on occasion to rehearse during school hours, this would be dependant on our guest artists availability. 
  • Rehearsal Schedules will be based on the availability of our international/national guest producers and artists. 

Numerous dancers who have been involved with Melbourne Academy of the Arts and its Productions over the last decade have developed a high level of performance skills and have ended up performing professionally with various International and National Companies as Guest Artists. 

Former Academy student Guest Artist performances; 

Matthew Kennedy: 

Houston Ballet- Romeo & Juliet

Australian Ballet – Coppelia

Australian Ballet- Nutcracker

Rebekah Kennedy: 

Australian Ballet- Nutcracker

Nicole Moshidis: 

Australian Ballet- Nutcracker

Phebe N’Guyen-Kovacs 

Singapore Dance Theatre Company – Cynthia Harvey’s Don Quixote