Seeking Paid Extras for Dance Film

REFUGE, a film by Jennifer Arave
Shoot date: August 14 in Northeast Minneapolis

Set 100 years in the future, REFUGE contemplates a radically changed world after environmental and technological collapse. The world’s citizens have become climate nomads forced to leave their homes in search of places where they can find shelter, food, water, and safety. In this world, nomads travel by night, and wear hoods to shield them from the errant satellites signaling to digital implants within their brains.

Casting 15 extras for the dance film REFUGE. No dance experience needed (it is a plus), must be comfortable with active movements (walking, arms over head, laying on ground). Okay to adapted movement if needed. Looking for diverse representations of identities. Looking for BIPOC, ages 18 and older, prefer 55-80. A variety of body types, abilities, gender identities and national identities are very much encouraged to apply. Paid, meal/snacks included.

To apply send, a bio and photo to by August 11.

More information and details.

Audition Notice: 50th Anniversary of Choreographers’ Evening

The Walker Art Center and guest curators Judith Howard and Alanna Morris are seeking Minnesota dance makers working in all forms to present their work as part of Choreographers’ Evening on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

For more than 50 years, this annual showcase has been a highly anticipated event, featuring a diverse array of Minnesota dance makers of all ages and genres, offering an exciting glimpse into our vibrant dance community.

Audition Information:

  • Choreographers must live in Minnesota.
  • Works should not exceed seven minutes.
  • Ensembles are welcome to audition.
  • Works-in-progress are accepted.
  • Live auditions are preferred; however, video submissions will be accepted.
  • Please audition with the same work that you would like to present.

Deadline to submit a video audition or sign up for a live audition is August 15.

Please review the full audition information (including a note from the curators) on the Walker website:

ARENA DANCES – Call for Teaching Artists

ARENA DANCES is seeking 6-9 part-time teaching artists for K-12 students, during school and after school DanceON programs.

Contracts are for Fall 2022, September-December.
Pay is $50-$75/hr; dependent on time commitment in accordance with the school’s committed schedule.

No prior experience of teaching dance in schools necessary, ARENA DANCES will assist in curriculum and guidance as needed. Free or paid training will be supplied accordingly.

To inquire, please send an email to Artistic Director, Mathew Janczewski’s attention of your interest with a resume attached.

Ballet Royale: Pre-Professional Program and Professional Division Auditions

Ballet Royale’s new Pre-Professional Program provides students with an even more rigorous and demanding training schedule, designed and created for students striving towards a professional or post-secondary dance career. Building on the ongoing success of Ballet Royale’s elite Professional Division program, the Pre-Professional program expands these opportunities to students of all ages—not just the highest levels.

Ballet Royale’s Professional Division is an elite day training program that provides a comprehensive advanced course of study for advanced, talented, and ambitious students. Students accepted in this program have demonstrated commitment and dedication, are at the highest technical and artistic level, and are approaching and preparing for a post-secondary or professional career. Select Professional Division students may be invited to dance as Student Trainees with the professional ballet company, Twin Cities Ballet.

Admission and acceptance into the Pre-Professional Program and Professional Division is by audition and invitation only.

Audition: Saturday, August 20
Ages 11-21 (with pointe) from 12:30-2:00pm
Ages 7-13 (no pointe) from 2:15-3:45pm

Pre-registration and completed audition waiver is required.

Momentary Certainties Dance Performance Opportunity – Deadline

The Eagan Art House invites you to submit original choreographic works to be performed as part of the opening event of Momentary Certainties 2022, an outdoor visual art installation which examines the intertwined themes of ephemerality and permanence. Works should reflect on the themes of the exhibition:

On ephemerality: The nature of performance is ephemeral, “something that lasts a very short time.” Can you consider impermanence in your movement? How do you represent fragility or decay? What does it mean to perform in a landscape which is ever-changing?

On permanence: In these unpredictable times, how do the ideas of steadiness and strength inform your work? How can dance be a stabilizing presence? Consider constancy (of love, of nature) in your movement.

Works should be 5-20 minutes long and will be performed 1-2 times over the course of the event. The performance location is outside, on a grass lawn.

Contempo Physical Dance Audition

An audition will be held for professional dancers for Contempo Physical Dance’s third international choreography residency, featuring commissioned work by the 2022 McKnight International Choreographer, Mário Nascimento. Mário is Artistic Director of Corpo de Dança do Amazonas in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

An audition class will be taught by Marciano while Mário observes remotely. In addition to the audition class, each dancer should prepare a solo up to one minute in length that expresses who they are as an artist. Mário in particular is seeking dancers that have a variety of talents, including but not limited to diverse movement backgrounds, as well as skills such as singing, playing an instrument or acting. BIPOC artists are encouraged to audition.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Dancers selected will need the following availability for classes, rehearsals and performances:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20
9:30-11:00am: Company Class taught by Marciano

Mondays-Saturdays, October 24-November 12 (3 weeks)
9:30am-5:00pm: Company Class taught by Mário followed by rehearsal

Technical Rehearsals, November 14-17
Schedule TBD

Performances at the O’Shaughnessy
Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 at 7:30pm

For more information or for questions, please contact: Jenny Pennaz, Managing Director at

Twin Cities Ballet: Openings for 2022/23 Season

Twin Cities Ballet limited openings for unpaid apprenticeships and student trainee positions for both male and female dancers. 

Please submit the following audition materials by email to and We will contact you after we have reviewed your audition materials to schedule an in-person or virtual audition.

  • Your resumé.
  • Two photos: First arabesque and a headshot showing at least 3/4 face. Either attach small format photos or provide a link.
  • Video link showing classwork or performance clips, clearly demonstrating your classical ballet technique.

About Us
Twin Cities Ballet (TCB) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit professional dance company that creates original full-length and shorter story ballets, a rare and nearly lost art, as well as more abstract contemporary ballet-based works. An emerging gem in the Twin Cities, TCB has carefully built a financially solid and growing organization that is making its mark both regionally and nationally through its creative and innovative artistic endeavors. Our mission is to connect and enrich communities by making ballet approachable, relatable, and fun, through professional and original productions and educational outreach.

TCB prohibits discrimination against any employee, applicant for employment, or patron because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

TU Dance: CUL•TI•VATE, A Trainee Program

CUL·TI·VATE, A Trainee Program: curated encounters (in and outside the dance studio) designed to support and strengthen the total dance artist, advancing their physical, emotional, and cognitive growth, agility, and acumen. Rooted in TU Dance’s vision of transformational communities, CUL·TI·VATE nurtures artistic excellence and the development of intellectual curiosities and moral character, finely tuned to ignite flourishing communities committed to shared humanity.  -Dr. Carol Marie Webster, PhD

Inspired by the next generation of dance artists, CUL·TI·VATE is a program designed as a bridge for dancers with advanced training between their educational perspective and envisioning themselves in the professional field. Through classes, workshops, choreographic processes, mentorship, community engagement, teaching, performance and more, dancers will connect and share experiences as a collective as well as expressing and gaining momentum towards their individual interests and goals beyond their time in the program. CUL·TI·VATE will embrace and support each dancer while fostering their unique artistic path centered in TU Dance’s values of excellence, belonging, creativity and transformation.

Age range: 18-24

To audition:
Interested dancers are strongly encouraged to attend the TU Dance Summer Intensive Level 4 or 5, July 25-August 13, 2022. Enrollment for single weeks is available. Scholarships available!

If unable to attend the Summer Intensive, please email the following to by August 15, 2022:

  • Resume and Cover Letter expressing your interest and goals for participating in CUL·TI·VATE.
  • Performance Reel: 3 minutes max and may include studio or performance footage which clearly shows the individual instead of group work.
  • An in-person or virtual meeting may be scheduled as part of the audition process.

Dancers will receive notification of their acceptance into the CUL·TI·VATE program by August 29, 2022.

CUL·TI·VATE Interest/Questions: For any questions about the program, and to let us know if you are taking the TU Dance Summer Program as part of the audition, please email:

Generating Room Application Open

Supported by the Jerome Foundation, The Cowles Center’s newest Generating Room Program: Choreography Development, is an 8-month long studio residency that supports four early career Minnesota choreographers in nurturing a work in progress through:

  • $3,000 stipend
  • 200 hours of free rehearsal space
  • access to a $500 stipend for a mentor
  • administrative support

This program is intended for Minnesota choreographers who need time and space to develop a project or idea rooted in dance without the pressure of a completed end product. Choreographers will be selected through a scored application process by our Programs and Education committee.

Applications are due Friday, August 19. Click here to learn more and apply today!

Mentorship Program for Young Dance Professionals Application Open- Deadline

The I A.M. Arts Mentorship/Coaching Program offers a one-year mentorship to a pre-professional *female dancer of color to support their transition into the dance world. It includes scholarship research, a dance solo commission, college essay review and editorial assistance, letters of recommendation—plus access to Alanna’s global network. Free to the family through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

This mentorship includes research on scholarships; a solo dance commission (for auditions and scholarships); college essay review and editorial assistance; and letters of recommendation (as needed). The mentee will have access to Alanna’s global network of dance artists, including top educators at leading educational institutions, directors, dancers and choreographers working in a multiplicity of backgrounds – companies as well as freelance – encompassing a wide range of aesthetics, and geographies.

To apply:
-An application form, including a reference by an educator or dance professional. (Name and contact information only, no letter is required.)

Cost: Zero cost. A $3,000 value, this is a one-year commitment provided to the selected mentee (and their family) free of charge due to a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Rehearsal space is included in the mentorship program. The following is not included: housing, travel to and from meetings, living expenses, or relocation fees.

Location: The program consists of virtual or in-person meetings (for life and career coaching) as well as in-person rehearsals. All rehearsals take place in the Twin Cities. Applicants need not reside in the Twin Cities but will need to have the ability to travel. Applicants will need to be available for some evenings and/or weekends.

Time commitment: While this is an agreed-upon schedule set by Alanna and the mentee, (guided by their goals), the program includes an intense rehearsal period in the beginning of the mentorship in September at approximately 6 hours/week or 30 total hours over 5 weeks to prepare for the YoungArts (and other) scholarship auditions. Rehearsals (for coaching) then shift to approximately 4 hours/month to the end of the school year. Meetings for goal-setting and life coaching occur weekly until January 2023, and then as often as needed throughout the school year.

Duration: Application closes August 19. Those applicants selected for an interview will be notified by late August. Interviews will be held August 22-26. Final decisions will be made by September 2. Mentorship begins September 5, 2022-August 31, 2023. This is at least a one-year commitment. Though the program officially ends in August, Alanna commits to be an on-going resource for the mentee as long as it is desired.