Apprentice and Festival Programs

Company Apprentice Program

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June 24–August 12, Ages: 16–19

Six girls and four boys are chosen for this prestigious program. Students will be in-residence for the full seven weeks and take professional company class with the Charlotte Ballet and a master class with Alvin Ailey II during the summer. They will perform once with the Charlotte Ballet and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and once with the Festival Dancers and Music School Festival Orchestra. They will also perform with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on August 12.  Apprentices will also perform in two Student Galas. All performances take place in our brand new, state of the art 4,400 seat Amphitheater.

 

Apprentices are also invited to take part in the choreographic workshop at the end of the summer where students choreograph their own pieces and choose other students to perform it. A unique part of the Company Apprentice dancers is the mentoring program where each apprentice is matched up with a member from the Charlotte Ballet. During the summer this company member will help to guide and enrich the apprentice’s studies.

Photo: Jeff Cravotta 

Chautauqua Festival Dancers

Karlee Donley Thunder Bridge colour 1June 24–August 12, (ages 15 - 18)

Approximately 16 girls and 8 boys will be selected for this program which is designed for the older, more advanced student. These dancers will perform with the Music School Festival Orchestra and also in two Student Galas. All performances take place in our brand new, state of the art 4,000 seat Amphitheater. A new facet of the Festival program will include individual coachings with the resident faculty (including Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Sasha Janes) during the summer to enhance the dancers’ experience. 

Festival Dancers are also invited to take part in the choreographic workshop at the end of the summer where students choreograph their own pieces and choose other students to perform it.

Photo: Stelth Ng

 


“Chautauqua is a dream come true! My experience over the past two summers has been very rewarding. The extremely talented faculty, the incredible amount of class and performance time, the personal mentoring from Charlotte Ballet company members, and the fabulous Chautauqua Connections program have all contributed to my success. I feel well prepared to start my professional dance career.”



– Sarah Lapointe, Charlotte Ballet :: 2013 Festival Dancer & 2014 Apprentice Dancer