All dancers who wish to attend the Vimy Dance Program at Vimy Ridge Academy must pass a two-phase process.  The first is a dance/movement audition and the second is an academic assessment of the child’s current report card.

Auditions are as follows for the 2017-2018 Season

Saturday, January 27, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Edmonton School of Ballet 8205 90 Ave, 3rd floor, Edmonton, Alberta

Friday, March 9, 2018
6:00 – 7:30 pm (Times TBC)
Edmonton School of Ballet 8205 90 Ave, 3rd floor, Edmonton, Alberta

Saturday, April 7, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Edmonton School of Ballet 8205 90 Ave, 3rd floor, Edmonton, Alberta

Dance Audition Information:

  • if possible, please pre-register and pay the audition fee ahead of time – Audition Registration Form; if possible, please attached a small photo of your dancer to the audition form
  • come groomed for a ballet class (tights, bodysuit, ballet slippers, hair in a bun)
  • arrive 30 minutes early to fill out your registration form (if you did not pre-register); to get your number; and to warm-up
  • the audition will include: a short unset ballet class, a short jazz section, a short modern and free-movement section, an analysis of flexibility and physique
  • at the beginning of the audition there is a short information meeting for parents

Interested applicants are advised to audition as early s possible as space in our program is limited.  This is a competitive program and not all applicants can be accepted.  Potential dancers must beet a certain physical and technical standard.  If that standard is not met, we will be unable to accommodate the dancer.

Students and their parents must hand in a complete package in order for their application to be considered.  The package must include all of the following to be considered complete:

  • school registration form
  • current progress report
  • behaviour policy/waiver
  • birth certificate or travel passport copy
  • honors applications (Jr. High only)
  • option selection sheet (Sr. High only)
  • dance program application

If you are unable to attend the scheduled auditions, you may send a video audition.  Please include the following in your video audition:

  • barre work including: plies, tendus, degages, rond de jambe a terre, adage, and grand battement
  • center work including: adage, pirouette, small allegro, traveling allegro
  • demonstrate flexibility of hamstrings, Achilles tendons, turnout (sitting up and on stomach), flexibility of feet
  • if you have had any jazz experience, please include: a combo demonstrating kicks and a combo demonstrating grand jetes
  • if you have had any modern experience, please include: a combo with triplets and free movement
  • you may also add a solo in a style of your choice (ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical)

The video should be less than 10 minutes long.  Video auditions will be accepted as of January 15, 2016.  The deadline to submit your audition is May 31, 2016.  Sending your application information in early is recommended.  Please e-mail a link to your video to admin@esbdance.com or mail a DVD copy of your video to:

The Vimy Ridge Dance Program
c/o the Edmonton School of Ballet
8205 – 90th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6C 1N8

Please contact us if you have any questions, to pre-register for an audition, or to plan for a ‘Shadow Day’ (a day where the dancer will be paired up with a current Vimy Dance dancer and will spend the day at school and dance with them to help them understand what the day-to-day life of a Vimy Dancer is like!)

SHADOW DAY

Should your child be interested, we are also able to arrange for a “Shadow Day” where they would shadow one of our current dance students in the appropriate grade level they will be entering in September to both academic and dance classes for a full day.  This is a great way to see what the program is all about.  If you are interested, we will need the following information:

Student Name:
Current School:
Current Grade:
Parent Name:
Parent Email Address:
Mailing address:
Home Phone:
Emergency Phone:
Present Ballet Level:
Latest Ballet Exam Result:
Other Dance training (styles and number of years):
Shadow Day/Date Preference (Mon-Fri, starting in November):

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