Thank you for your interest in SundanceX.
SundanceX conducts ongoing and individual auditions for strong dancers throughout the year. Dancers should be a minimum of 18 years of age, well-trained in ballet (women with strong pointe work), have strong partnering skills, and experience in contemporary/neoclassical ballet + some modern background; have a strong, eager work ethic, open and stable mind, willingness to meet challenges with a positive attitude, a team player; available to commit to rehearsals (3x/week +) and performances. Some rehearsal pay + honorarium for performances available.
To audition, applicants should send via email:
Resume with personal stats including name, contact info, age, height, weight, hair color, training, professional experience, citizenship status.
Headshots, Dance Photos: 3 or more (full-length body) classical & contemporary photos, including action shots (prefer no outdoors poses).
Audition video link on Vimeo or Youtube, with classical and contemporary/neoclassical variations (unedited/no quick cuts, full-length body view only), and brief ballet class work (females en pointe).* Please do NOT submit video with one piece of music that is playing while showing a selection of various dance performances. Musicality is extremely important.
Dancers residing in the Greater Boston/Southern NH area will be better able to work with SundanceX, as well as an open schedule allowing attendance to ALL rehearsals.
Communication is critically important, both throughout the audition process and while working with SundanceX.
For further information: email: DsundanceX@gmail.com.
Following review of audition materials, the dancer will be notified if the director is interested. The dancer will learn if an audition by taking company class is the necessary next step. Foreign dancers must have been previously awarded an O-1 visa to be considered.
* Video Audition Information (Accompaniment must be with classical music only please.) Keep it brief, preferably under 5 minutes. The reality is that within the first 30 seconds of most videos, it is apparent if you are a dancer of interest.
Barre – Grand plié in 2nd and 5th positions
Tendu from 5th, en croix two in each direction
Développé en avant, à la seconde and arabesque
Grand battement en croix
Center – (En Pointe for ladies)
Glissade, développé into effacé, glissade, développé into écarté devant (repeat left), balancé right, left, tombé pas de bourrée to 4th, pirouette finishing sous-sous 5th position (example).
Adagio - must include grands poses and a tour lent/promenade in either à la seconde or arabesque.
Pirouettes en dedan & en dehor, from 5th or 4th.
Petite allegro including: Glissade, jeté, temps levé, assemblé, 3 brisés, royale, Jeté and assemblé with beats
Grand Allegro including tour jetés, grand jeté, sissone, etc.
Women only (en pointe)
Échappés en croix (en face) and add passé/retiré
Échappés en croix (effacé) and add passé/retiré
Piqué turns en dedan & en dehor with chainés, fouétté turns, en diagonale
Four entrechat quatre or four entrechat six
multiple pirouettes, from 5th, 4th; grand pirouettes in 2nd
Saut de basque
Classical: a solo or classical variation (Petipa, Balanchine, et al). Women must be en pointe. One or two minutes in length.
Contemporary: original choreography or modern. One or two minutes in length. No pop/vocal music please.
Please wear a unitard, or tights and tight fitting top, or leotard that clearly enables the viewer to observe your technique
Do NOT wear skirts, loose fitting tee-shirts, leg warmers, or costumes (performance videos with romantic tutus not acceptable), or body concealing attire.
Wear clothing that contrasts with the filming environment so you can clearly be seen and stand out from the background
Audition Video: link on vimeo or youtube, or submit to Dropbox with request.
Please position the camera in front of the applicant to show full height and breadth in pliés and ports de bras; position the camera halfway between front and side for all other sections of the barre to show full range of movements. Position camera for center work to see the entire studio or stage from downstage center.
It is to your benefit to create the best possible conditions for filming, and your best efforts as well. Whatever is submitted will be considered as such. Videos with poor filming conditions are considered a waste of time, & will not be considered.
Insure that the music in the video is of high quality.
Be aware of the space in which you are filming; the space should have minimal distractions for the reviewer.
Ensure there is adequate lighting
Be sure you are clearly visible within the frame for the duration of the recording (Keep the dancer in the camera frame at all times).
Review your video before submitting to check for playback quality. Do not include dancers recording themselves while adjusting the camera.
While professionally recorded video is not required, please do not make quick or frequent edits, to ensure the dancer is seen completing a full dance phrase &/or variation. Full-length view of the dancer’s body at all times. Do NOT crop or cut out parts of the body while recording video. NO close-up of body parts please.
Please indicate clearly which dancer is you, especially if you are submitting a video of you dancing in a group performance.
It is not necessary to see other dancers perform before you appear, particularly in a section in which you are featured.
Unacceptable Videos include:
Videos older than two years.
Videos that are not representative of you at your current level of fitness. Inaccurate or false, misleading videos will reflect negatively on your audition.
Heavily edited video or a video that has one piece of music overlaid over various dance highlights. It is essential to see & hear your musicality.
Performance videos in which your face, feet, & body are not clearly visible. Blurry, fuzzy, unfocused shots are useless.
Thanks very much.