Perform with us

University Ballet holds two auditions per year, one at the start of the academic year and another approximately one week after the first performance. All those who audition will be cast and have the opportunity to perform, although technical ability and availability will be taken into account when assigning roles. Do not worry if you have no prior experience in ballet; we will teach you!

Cast Requirements

Each company member is required to attend a minimum of one ballet class per week in addition to his or her rehearsals. These classes may be taken with University Ballet or at one of the many studios in Chicago. If a performer is opting to take class elsewhere, he or she must notify our Head of Teaching Teddy Watler. Total commitment can range from 2.5 to 20 hours per week depending on your level of involvement. Dancers must provide their tights and ballet or pointe shoes, when appropriate. Dancers must also commit to sell $25 in advertisements per production or opt to pay an equivalent due fee, which goes toward production and costume fees. Otherwise, there are no further costume or production fees.

Choreographing and Staging

University Ballet frequently calls for both stagers and choreographers for its semiannual productions. Prior to each performance, the artistic director will send out a request to the listhost. If you are interested in helping with sets, props, or other aspects of production, please contact our Creative Director Kelsey Hopkins. Those interested in assisting with costumes, please contact our Costume Coordinator Natalie Hills.

Swan Lake Audition

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Location: Ida Noyes Hall Dance Room
1212 East 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637
10:00am: Advanced Dancer Check-In
10:30am-12:00pm: Advanced Audition
12:00pm-12:30pm: Advanced Pointe Audition
12:00pm: Beginner/Intermediate Dancer Check-In
12:30pm-1:45pm Beginner/Intermediate Audition

***Please fill out a pre-registration form before attending