Department of Dance
BYU Theatre Ballet is Brigham Young University’s top ballet touring company. Students in BYU Theatre Ballet perform regularly on and off campus in both traditional full-length classical ballets and innovative contemporary choreographic works. Theatre Ballet has performed the well-known ballet productions of Romeo and Juliet/Westside Story, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake on campus to sold-out audiences. The company also performs original full-length ballets such as The Snow Queen, with Alice in Wonderland planned for 2016. Contemporary performances, full-length ballet productions, and additional performing in operas and musicals, offer students exciting opportunities to grow technically and artistically as they participate in BYU Theatre Ballet.
Theatre Ballet has also performed at the American College Dance Festival, Northwest Region. The company has participated in this festival four times, and all four times their choreography, technique, and artistry were praised and commended. Theatre Ballet was honored to be selected to perform faculty works in the festival gala performances each year, and in 2012 the company was also selected as an alternate for the national American College Dance Festival, a high honor which speaks well of the program. In 2013, both the faculty and student choreographic works were chosen to be performed at the gala performance—a unique and distinct honor. At the beginning of 2013, BYU Theatre Ballet was adjudicated and accepted into the Regional Dance America-Pacific Region. The company is benefitting from this new association as it adjudicates and performs each year in the RDA festivals during spring term.
In addition to the full-length productions and contemporary pieces performed on campus and at Regional Dance America, BYU Theatre Ballet tours regionally and throughout the western United States with their tour program titled Fairy Tales and Fantasy. This tour program showcases the best sections of classical ballets with excerpts from ballets such as: Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Raymonda, and Paquita. The company has performed to sold-out audiences as they entertain and enrich families with a wholesome and uplifting classical ballet repertoire. The company has toured to Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and California in recent years.
For BYU Theatre Ballet tour schedules and booking information please visit pam.byu.edu.
BALLET SHOWCASE COMPANY
BYU Ballet Showcase Company is the university’s second ballet company. This company provides performing opportunities in a company setting for those who are working at developing and broadening their performance skills, in possible preparation to perform with Brigham Young University’s Theatre Ballet.
The company presents an annual performance in fall semester in which a variety of classical and contemporary ballet styles are performed. Students are also chosen from this company to participate in BYU Theatre Ballet’s full-length classical ballet.
To better understand what is required of Ballet Showcase company members, view the syllabus and calendar.
BALLET COMPANY AUDITIONS
August 20, 2018
4:00-6:00 PM, 283 RB
Students audition for both Ballet Showcase Company and Theatre Ballet during this time. Students who have achieved a Dance 391 technique level or above are invited to attend this audition, as a pre-professional standard is expected. The audition consists of an advanced ballet technique class on pointe. Men will be able to demonstrate specific male technique skills throughout the audition. Students do not need to be dance majors to perform with the company or receive scholarships, but are expected to enroll in Dance 490, 494, 495 (Winter semester), and 498 for credit (not auditing).
Free optional open classes will be held in 283 RB from August 16-18, 2018 from 9:30-11:30 AM each day for those auditioning.
Dancers who are selected to dance on either company will need to be available for all day rehearsals on weekdays between the audition and the first day of Fall semester.