The School of Alberta Ballet announces Alberta Ballet II Audition Tour

CALGARY, April 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The School of Alberta Ballet is pleased to officially announce Alberta Ballet II – Canada's newest program for emerging professional dancers. Alberta Ballet II is an innovative project created to attract Canada's top-level dancers who are on the verge of successful professional careers. Led by Director Aram Manukyan this free, one-to-two year program for emerging artists will launch on June 30, 2014. Members are chosen through a competitive, Canada-wide audition tour.

In 2014-2015, members of Alberta Ballet II will join Alberta Ballet onstage in productions such as Don Quixote, The Three Musketeers, and The Nutcracker – working with Alberta Ballet's Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître and visiting guest artists throughout the year. Our emerging artists will work with invited choreographers and Alberta Ballet artistic staff to create exclusive works and learn existing Alberta Ballet repertoire. Members of Alberta Ballet II will be paid honorariums as well as a shoe allowance when performing onstage with Alberta Ballet.

In addition to working with Alberta Ballet, Alberta Ballet II will form an integral part of Alberta Ballet's education and outreach programs – touring and performing for over 10,000 Albertans in 2014-2015. Alberta Ballet II is designed to bridge the gap between school and a professional career in ballet. Our emerging artists will receive intensive daily instruction as well as professional development opportunities – giving them the tools to successfully audition for, perform with, and excel in professional dance companies around the world.

2014 Alberta Ballet II Audition Tour:

Calgary
Sunday, April 27
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Alberta Ballet
141 – 18 Ave. SW

Toronto
Sunday May 4
1:00-3:00 p.m.
National Ballet School of Canada
400 Jarvis St.

Edmonton
Sunday May 11
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Dance Alberta
11205 – 107 Ave.

For more information and audition registration, please call 403-245-2274 or visit schoolofalbertaballet.com

About The School of Alberta Ballet
For over 20 years, the School of Alberta Ballet has been consistently recognized as a world class training facility and charitable organization. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Edmund Stripe, the School has an annual enrolment of more than 500 students in its Open Division and Professional Division. The School of Alberta Ballet has an active community profile with free outreach and community programs reaching thousands of children every year.

About Alberta Ballet
Alberta Ballet is currently celebrating its 47th season as Canada's second largest ballet company. Under the artistic leadership of Jean Grand-Maître, the company is at the forefront of the national and international arts scene. This season concludes with the world premiere of CLASS ACTS – A Tribute to Hollywood Musicals. Comprised of 32 classically trained professional dancers, this is the year to Be Moved by Alberta Ballet.

SOURCE Alberta Ballet

For further information: For media inquires please contact: Kyle Russell, Marketing and Communications Manager, P: 403.245.4222 ext. 521 | C: 403.919.3366 | E: kyler@albertaballet.com