PROGRAM INFORMATION:

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PERFORMING IN NEW YORK               TRAINEE               NEW YORK WINTER FESTIVAL               DANCE TEACHERS

WE WELCOME ALL INQUIRIES:
Email requests to ajkun@aol.com to ensure a timely and effective answer.
Postal correspondence should be addressed to:  AjkunBT - Dancers Programs, 193 Cross Street, New York, NY 10464-1225 USA
Dancer Programs Telephone: 646-368-9800


APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Due to the very limited number of positions available, early application is strongly advised. Applications are accepted as early as THREE YEARS in advance.


Full-Time Trainee Program

There is no official deadline to apply for a full-time position. As AjkunBT Trainees advance to employment, positions become available. You may audition at anytime to be offered the first available opening, or contact our office before submitting an application, by emailing ajkun@aol.com, to be advised about any upcoming opportunity. Download the Audition Form.


Performing in New York – Summer Program

The official deadline is April 30th. However, admission to this program is highly competitive; please be aware that auditions are held year-round, and applications accepted to the exhaustion of positions available. Past experience indicates that younger dancers are more likely to find spots available when auditioning at least one year in advance. Download the Audition Form.


New York Winter Festival - Workshop & Dance Celebration

The official deadline is October 31st. Admission is given on a first come-first serve basis and may be divided by level to guarantee an individualized attention during the workshop. Download the Audition Form.


Dance in Italy Festival - Dance Workshop Abroad
Ajkun Ballet Theatre is a guest of LUDT & the University of Dance, the organizer of the Festival and Workshop. You may audition with AjkunBT at anytime; please contact danceinitalyfestival@aol.com for deadlines and information. Download the Audition Form.


GRANTS, STIPEND & EMPLOYMENT:
The Company absorbs approximately three quarters of the actual cost for each dancer and dance teacher admitted. Full-Time Trainees may receive stipend support while they are making satisfactory progress in The Company. The Trainee Division strongly encourages applicants to seek financial support from extramural agencies. Trainees who receive competitively funded extramural fellowships, which will be used toward their Traineeship support, upon succeeding in our program, may be eligible to receive a stipend allowance from the Trainee Division. The Ajkun Ballet Theatre does not accept unsolicited financial requests. Additional opportunities may be provided by The AjkunBT Fund, that may award applicants with Educational Grants and International Exchange Grants. Click Fund from the menu to learn more. To raise contribution for your traineeship, have your sponsor visit Bravo! on the
Dancer's Ring or visit www.nycharities.org.

Trainee Program:

Dancers, ages 16 years and above, who are interested in being trained in the Ajkun Ballet Theatre's exclusive trademark repertory, in the Ajkun Methodology, and in experiencing the New York City Performing Arts Scene, may audition to join our Fulltime Trainee Program. Trainees may be invited to join the Company for its New York Season, to follow The Company in one of its International Tours, or both. To apply for this position, dancers must be extremely advanced in ballet and pointe technique, interested in contemporary movement, and physically fit for the world's finest professional companies. Read More...




Performing in New York - Summer Program

Dancers, ages 14 years and above, who are interested in a short - term experience with Ajkun Ballet Theatre to enhance their training, performing expertise, and to receive exposure for employment opportunities, may audition to join our Summer Program. To apply for a spot in the program, dancers must be advanced in ballet and pointe technique, interested in contemporary movement, and wishing to experience the lifestyle of a professional company for personal or business interest. Read More...





New York Winter Festival - Workshop and Dance Celebration

Dancers, ages 11 years and above, who are interested in short - term training in the Ajkun Methodology in the heart of our New York City venues, and to work with some of the prominent Artists of the Company, may audition to join our Winter Festival. Classes are divided by age and level; dance groups visiting New York, and professionals wishing to keep in shape for the Audition Season are welcome to apply. To apply for the workshop, dancers must be of intermediate/advanced level in ballet and pointe technique.

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Dance in Italy Festival - Workshop

Dancers, ages 11 years and above, who are interested in short - term training in the Ajkun Methodology may audition to join the Dance in Italy Festival and Workshop, organized by LUDT on the beautiful shores of Italy. Ajkun Ballet Theatre performs and selected artists join efforts with the Italian University of Dance's faculty to offer a two-week workshop. Dancers may audition through AjkunBT, but need to contact LUDT to obtain all information.

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Ajkun Open Classes

Dancers, ages 14 years and above of advanced level in ballet, who are interested in being trained in the exclusive Ajkun Methodology may inquire on how to join the Ajkun Open Classes. These classes are independently offered by and to Company Artists in New York City, during periods when the Company is off or part of the Company is on tour. While there is no audition to attend, the available spots are limited, as priority is given to Dancers of the Company.

Contact artisticstaff@ajkunbt.org for details.

PHILOSOPHY:

Ajkun Ballet Theatre believes early exposure to life in a professional company to be key in a successful career choice. Dance education begins, and continues throughout one's life, by shaping the highest standards of aesthetic principles that only professional performances can offer to their audiences. Those who are interested in the pursuit of a professional dance career should become familiar with all production, performance and lifestyle aspects of this industry before entertaining the idea of becoming employed in the performing arts. Talent and creativity play important roles, however, professionally oriented individuals are to master the science behind the indispensable tools for this career. The art of academic teaching is a science based on discoveries of the empirical knowledge that guides our practice of ballet. Daily classes secure the ability to perform steps at their highest clarity, focus on musicality, flexibility, balance, speed and coordination as we marvel at how the body's complex systems interact in this process.  During rehearsals we take such practice to pragmatic criteria, based on hypothesis-driven research on dancer's bodies. The process employs dogmas of traditional repertory, where efforts are made to match standards set by history, and furthers into the future by newly created movements in contemporary ballet and contemporary dance choreographies. Extensive periods of time spent on theater stages fully provide hands-on practice. We recommend Dance Students, as young as 14 years of age, experience daily company operations in a professional, yet nurturing, summer study environment while continuing education in their home communities. Pre-Professionals and Professional Dancers as young as 16 years of age, should invest in preparing themselves to the highest artistic standard to take repertory, pas de deux, pointe and modern dance skills to a performing level and to learn how to create awareness for the opportunity of their services. Participants of our Programs are given the opportunity to explore many roles of AjkunBT's trademark repertory, are inspired and mentored by our Company professionals, as a symbol of the trust and unique relationship that our artists enjoy with the youngest. Each Dancer selected to participate in our programs is predicted to have a special spark that we hope will lead them to become one of the best world-class dancers of tomorrow, whether in The United States or in any other Country of the World. To Facilitate this process, Ajkun Ballet Theatre partners with over 100 Dance Companies worldwide to open the avenues of employment opportunities to the youngest dancers.


INVESTING IN EDUCATION:
There is no question that an outstanding education is the predictive indicator of future success in society, and that the value of such education is immeasurable. However, it is our belief that the cost of education shall not be a hurdle for gifted dancers, regardless of their financial status. Our Educational Programs are funded by public and private contributions to significantly reduce each program's actual cost. The ratio of applicants to our programs guarantees your investment to be on a rising Star. Visit the Dancer's Ring to contribute, learn about the success of our Alumni who went on to take prominent positions in the professional world, and are currently employed in Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South Americas, and read what audience members, remarkable dancers, dance teachers and directors and prominent artists from five continents say about us on our Testimonials page.

THE PARTICIPANT BODY:
Participants of our programs represent a distillation of the hopes and aspirations of a substantial number of Dancers and Dance Teachers. Over 2,000 candidates participate in our auditions every year, resulting in about 30 Dancers being accepted into the Company's Trainee and Summer Programs. A maximum of 10 Dancers and 2 Dance Teachers are accepted to our Full-Time Trainee Program and, on average, 20 Dancers and 2 Dance Teachers are accepted to our Summer Program. Dance Teachers and Student Teachers, please visit our Dance Teachers page. Our Trainees come from a variety of institutions throughout the United States and from many foreign countries. The opportunity to become familiar with the Ajkun Methodology and the AjkunBT Repertory is also offered to Dance Students, Performers and Dance Ensembles during our January  New York Winter Festival, abroad, in July, at the Dance in Italy Festival and during the Company's June residency at the Tirana National Ballet and Opera House. Additional workshops are offered throughout Australia in September, South America in November, Asia in January, and the United States and Europe in February-March, mostly in combination with the Company's touring engagements.
Details about ongoing Workshops and Master Classes are periodically announced on facebook.

QUALIFICATIONS:
To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate strong enthusiasm and ability for the vigorous pursuit of technical knowledge and physical skills in the field. Admittance is granted by audition, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to exhaustion of the limited places available. Due to the high volume of requests, applications are accepted up to three years in advance; early registration is strongly recommended. To preserve our extraordinary standard, the number of positions may be distinguished by country. Minimum requirements: 18 years old (Dance Teachers and Student Teachers) 16 years old (Full-Time Program), 14 years old (Summer Program), 11 years old (New York Winter Festival and Dance in Italy Workshops). All candidates must have mastered a strong base in ballet technique and have the physical prerequisite to sustain an intense daily training.

Visit our Auditionpage for detailed information. Download the Audition Form.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROGRAM:
If you are unsure which program is best for you, please be aware that we welcome correspondence with applicants who would like assistance in determining the most appropriate program for their interests.
You may contact us by emailing artisticstaff@ajkunbt.org or meet with our Artistic Staff at our Open Auditions and Workshops.

This page addresses Dancers interested in exploring the Company's most ADVANCED offerings in its superior training, 

the Ajkun Methodology,  its unique Repertory, as well as in experiencing subjects not conventionally accessible in a study setting. 


BEGINNER and INTERMEDIATE:

Children, please click to visit our Young Dancers page;

Dancers, please click to visit our NYWF (New York Winter Festival) page.


You are encouraged to contact us by any of the means listed at the bottom of this page, and we look forward to hearing from you.


We hope that you will take a few minutes to navigate our online pages to learn more about our organizationleadership, artists, performing season, and how to contribute to the performing arts scene in New York City.

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