of the Ajkun Ballet Theatre
Our Trainee Program is designed for Dancers interested in learning the Ajkun © Methodology and the Trademark Ballets performed worldwide by the Ajkun Ballet Company.
This program is suitable for dancers interested in furthering their careers by fully experiencing the distinctive qualities of the Ajkun Ballet Company.
In a Nutshell
Countries entrust their finest talent to the Ajkun Ballet Theatre.
Candidates audition every year
Trainee positions available to dancers aged 16+
Professional dance companies employed our Alumni.
Audition anytime by video or attend an open audition. Public and Government Funding cover a portion of the cost. AjkunBT Fund may award Housing and Airfare financial assistance during the Program.
"Training with Chiara Ajkun is life changing. Chiara's knowledge, artistry and outstanding leadership has no comparison in today's ballet world and attracts the most brilliant talents of the Globe. Chiara's coaching is behind the most notable dancers gracing the stages of Australia, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the United States. If you can get into the Ajkun Ballet's Trainee Program, you will be on your way to success"
The Ballet World, Grace Ann Whitman
Employment OpportunitiesDancers seeking for employment typically embark in an expensive audition tour that often overlooks organizations not internationally renowned. Equally, Dance Companies may overlook some dancers in the short time of an audition. The Ajkun Ballet Theatre created a network to serve as a platform for dancers to broaden their exposure across the globe. Our organization is regarded by Dance Companies worldwide as a primary source to explore some the world's finest artists for employment openings. A list of companies who have employed AjkunBT Alumni & Artists is available online: Alumni
Worldwide PromotionOur Press & Communication Division promotes all Company Artists & Participants in our programs on a global scale. Dancers are referred by our Artistic Staff, based on several weeks of training and performance, and supported by the international reputation of our Artistic Director. The network created by AjkunBT Arts Administrators, Artists, Alumni, Patrons and Partners along with our partnerships with many Dance Companies helps dancers to move effortlessly toward a professional career.
Stay InformationThe Ajkun Ballet Theatre is truly committed to make your stay with us an unforgettable one. The international environment of our Program, the expertise of our Staff and their welcoming warmth, the extraordinary venues that are home to our Company and the variety of scenarios that only New York has to offer, all contribute to creating life lasting experiences and memories. Participants may elect to commute into our program or reside in our accommodation. Accommodation Our fully monitored living facilities provide accommodation from two days before the commencement of classes through the night following the last event. Friendly property and company staff is on premises at all times and available 24/7 to address your concerns. Supervision and Live-In Chaperone for minors is provided. Included in Housing Air-conditioning, wireless internet, laundry facility, gym. Company Tour Travel Travel is provided by Charter Bus, when requested by our performance tour. Medical In the rare event of a medical emergency, our Staff will refer participant to a certified nurse, licensed physical therapist, or a nearby emergency medical unit as needed. Additional Services To make your stay more enjoyable, a list of Optional Services, including event tickets, individual Pilates sessions and Company dancewear, is available to enrolled participants.
Admission ProcessThe repertory performed for the season dictates the number of positions available, typically 20 Dancers and 2 Dance Teachers. Minimum age for Dancers is 14 years old and for Dance Teachers is 18 years old. Participation is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis to the exhaustion of places available to candidates of any citizenship who can demonstrate having mastered a strong ballet technique and have the physical prerequisite to sustain an intense daily training and rehearsals. To maintain the remarkable artistic standard required by our Company, positions may be divided for countries. Official application deadline is April 30th. Past experience indicates that all positions are filled prior to the deadline. Applications are accepted as early as three yers in advance of the intended year of participation. Early Registration is strongly recommended.
Qualification ProcessCandidates are admitted through an Audition in person or by video. Auditionees for the program are required to send in the registration fee along with the Audition Form and fee to preserve the availability of their spot. The registration fee is reimbursed only in the case acceptance is denied. Visit our Audition page, or request the audition form Successful candidates will be provided with a complete informational package and guidance to join our Summer Intensive.
Program Cost, Tuition and HousingRegistration fee is US$95. Tuition: Funding by federal, state, and local government and public contributions cover a portion of the cost, and individual merit and need-based scholarships, grants and outside awards (AKA extramural contributions) may make up for the difference. When you qualify for the program, we use a combination of resources to determine your contribution and communicate it to you with the audition outcome. Your contribution may be referred to as “tuition”. The tuition is payable in full at registration or in four installments. Housing is guaranteed if the deposit is paid at registration. Housing may be purchased at any time before June 30th, subject to availability and rate increase.
Scholarships and Financial Aid for Training, Housing and Airfare CostsParticipants are selected for the summer program without regard to their finances. Public and private contributions keep the program tuition considerably lower than the program's actual cost. Merit and Need-Based Financial Aid may be awarded for the Training Program, Housing Cost and Airfare Travel. The AjkunBT Fund may award additional financial assistance based upon individual qualification, up to the annual budget for dancers, to cover additional costs.
*Audition anytime by video or attend our open audition.