the durham ballet theatre


Durham Ballet Theatre is growing. As part of our next phase, we’re excited to announce auditions for our premier, year-round performing company beginning with the 2019-2020 season.


open auditions for the durham ballet theatre company

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Durham School for Ballet & the Performing Arts
608 N. Duke St, Durham, NC

Registration begins at 2:00 p.m.
Auditions held from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Audition fee: $15.00

The goal of Durham Ballet Theatre is to create an artistic platform that is culturally inclusive while promoting artistry, development of technique, and dance in all its forms. We take pride in the fact that our company is very diverse; we cast solely from auditions that are open to the public. We strive to see more children and adults of diverse ethnic backgrounds and varied abilities find their way to performing with our company.

Our company and its culture differ from others in our area in that we also welcome and encourage non-professional adults to perform in our productions and other venues. In addition, we also encourage children ages 5 and older to audition for our performances.

Pre-register by email at


What does it mean to be a year-round company member with Durham Ballet Theatre?


weekly company classes

Company members will be expected to attend weekly company classes along with their regular studio classes at their home studio.

Weekly company classes are tentatively scheduled for Saturday afternoons, 1:30–6:00 p.m. for floor dancers and Monday evenings 7:30-8:45 p.m. for aerialists. The class would meet weekly for training, learning of new performance pieces, rehearsals and guest speakers.



Junior Corps
Dancers are expected to attend at least three (3) technique classes per week, two (2) of which must be ballet and one (1) of which must be another discipline.

Senior Corps
Dancers are expected to attend at least six (6) technique classes per week, four (4) of which must be ballet classes. Classes must include two (2) hours en Pointe and two (2) classes in another discipline (Modern, Aerial, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop).


Junior Corps
Aerialists are expected to attend at least two (2) technique classes each week (1 aerial technique, 1 floor technique).

Senior Corps
Aerialists are expected to attend at least three (3) technique classes each week (2 aerial techniques and 1 floor technique).


Other expectations

  • Perform with the company on a regular basis; this includes taking shows to other cities.

  • Attend rehearsals as scheduled.

  • Volunteer, sell ads and tickets to performances, and participate in fundraising.

  • The company year runs for approximately 30 weeks beginning the first weekend after Labor Day and ending after the last production of the season. The company will produce a Fall, Winter and Spring production. All company members are not required to perform in each production.

  • Company members will participate in casting auditions.

Company training fees may be outlined upon request.