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 Elizabeth Smith. 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, costumes, or other aspects of production, please contact our Creative Director Katherine Gao.

2017-2018 Season Auditions

Cinderella Audition

Auditions for our Winter 2018 production of Cinderella took place in October. We invite you to join us for the performances January 27th and 28th.

Don Quixote Audition

Auditions for our Spring 2018 production of Don Quixote will take place in February. Please subscribe to our listhost to receive audition updates and details.