The Johannesburg Youth Ballet will be holding auditions for its 2016 Company on the 6th and 7th February 2016 at the National School of the Arts, Braamfontein.

2016 will be an exciting year for this innovative youth company as it prepares to celebrate its 40th Anniversary in spectacular style.

There will be separate auditions for junior and senior dancers. Candidates must be 12 years and over and have had significant ballet training. Juniors should be at Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate level and between 12 and 15 years of age. The first round of junior auditions will be on Saturday 6th from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm. The senior dancers will audition from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm. The senior group caters for Advanced Foundation and Advanced 1&2 dancers who are 16 years and over.

Registration for the Junior Auditions will commence at 1:00 at the National School of the Arts and all candidates should be there by 1:30 at the latest. Senior registration is at 2:30 and candidates to be there by 3:00pm latest. The audition will include pointe work so all girls must bring pointe shoes.

All dancers should warm up before their allocated audition class time, which will consist of a short barre followed by centre work. Male dancers must come dressed in tights or shorts and a T-shirt. All females must wear leotards and pink tights with their hair in a secure and tidy bun. No baggy clothing will be allowed.

There will be a call back audition on Sunday 7th February between 9:30 and 12:30 should the Artistic Director wish to see candidates again.

Successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance by the end of February at the latest. Thereafter they will attend classes and rehearsals, which are held on Saturday afternoons and occasionally on Sundays. They may also be required to attend rehearsals on public holidays and during the school holidays. They must be available during the Government School Holiday from 30 September – 10 October as the exciting 2016 Gala 40th Anniversary Season takes place from the 11th – 16th October in the magnificent Mandela Theatre at the Joburg Theatre.

The programme will feature Mark Hawkins’ critically acclaimed A Midsummer Nights Dream accompanied by orchestra as well as a specially commissioned contemporary work by a JYB alumnus who has gone on to achieve great professional prowess in the dance industry.

The 40th Anniversary celebrations will be a yearlong programme of significant events including a possible tour to the Free State and the Northern and Eastern Cape, the launch of a 40th Anniversary Archival book and the commissioning of a new ballet for performance in 2017.

The JYB management will ensure that this 40-year milestone birthday is celebrated in a memorable and significant way.

This unique youth company has stayed the course through all weathers providing young dancers with the opportunity of dancing in a professionally run youth company since its launch in 1976 and guiding many a young dancer into tertiary training institutions and into the profession.

The JYB looks forward to welcoming passionate, determined, disciplined and gifted young dancers into the 2016 Company – a company that will no doubt be remembered in the archives as the “40th Anniversary Company”.

For more information contact:
Brenda Sakellarides

JYB 2016 Auditions


Notes to the Editor

About the Johannesburg Youth Ballet

Audrey King founded the Johannesburg Youth Ballet, fondly referred to as the JYB, in 1976 in response to an invitation to take a group of young dancers from Johannesburg to the International Festival of Youth Orchestras and Performing Arts in Aberdeen Scotland. Flouting the political laws of the time the JYB became one of the first integrated youth groups to represent South Africa abroad.

Under the visionary leadership of JYB Chairperson Jean Beckley and Artistic Director Mark Hawkins the company continues to nurture young dancers from across the City of Johannesburg. Their goal is to give dancers from all socio‐ economic backgrounds an opportunity to work and perform in a professionally run ballet company.

Auditions are held annually to select the JYB members aged between 12 and 25. Classes and rehearsals are held every weekend. Above average ability matched with a passionate determination to learn and improve, ensures a young dancer a place in the JYB.