Auditions

Audition Information

Eligible dancers audition once a year to be part of the Mankato Ballet Performing Company or Performing Ensemble.  Those who are taken into the MBPC are ranked by Soloist, Demi Soloist, Corps de Ballet, Apprentice and Trainee. Dancers in the Ensemble are a collective performing group and are not ranked.

Once a member of the MBPC, the dancers take a 2-hour weekly Company Class in addition to their regular classes and have mandatory rehearsals 2-3 times a week for performances that occur 3 times a year.

Once a member of the MBPE, the dancers take one additional 1-hour class per week and learn different dances that will be performed in the community throughout the year. Occasionally, dancer from the MBPE may be asked to perform smaller parts in the Company’s full-length productions.

The MBPC and MBPE dancers engage the community and youth through mini performances and interactive opportunities throughout the year.

Auditions

Auditions are held each spring on the first Saturday in May.  Auditions are typically given by a guest instructor.  MBC staff members join in observing the dancers and make recommendations. Dancers may audition for Company or Ensemble. Dancers who audition for the Performing Company and do not make may be offered a spot in the Ensemble.  Final decisions are at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

Performing Company 2024/25 Auditions: Saturday, May 4th from 12:00 to 2:00pm in Studio A

Performing Ensemble 2024/25 Auditions: Saturday, May 4th from 10:30-11:45am in Studio A 

We realize dancers move into town mid-year or after auditions have occurred. If you have a dancer who is new to MBC that is eligible and interested in joining the performing company or performing ensemble, email us at info@mankatoballet.org. Late applications will be accepted at the discretion of the Artistic Director. 

Performing Company Audition Criteria

  • Dancer must be in Ballet 3B or higher in the fall of 2024
  • Dancer must have begun pointe work the previous year and be enrolled in at least one supplementary class
  • Dancer must be in middle school or high school
  • Dancer must take 3 weeks of a summer intensive either at MBC or another reputable dance school
  • Dancer must enroll for the MBPC Company Crash Course in August (counts as one week of intensive)

Performing Ensemble Audition Criteria

  • Dancer must be in Ballet 3 or higher in the fall of 2024
  • Dancer must be enrolled in ballet and one supplementary class
  • Dancer must be in middle school or high school
  • Dancer must take 2 weeks (or equivalent) of a summer intensive at MBC

Audition Info & Application

Click here for a PERFORMING COMPANY Info Packet

Click here for a PERFORMING ENSEMBLE Info Packet

Click here for the Code of Ethics

Click here for to complete the PERFORMING COMPANY Audition Application – COMING SOON

Click here for to complete the PERFORMING ENSEMBLE Audition Application – COMING SOON

Performing Company Summer Crash Course

MBPC Members are required to take 3 weeks of a summer intensive. This can be with MBC or another reputable summer dance intensive.  ALL MBPC dancers MUST take the Summer Crash Course and this counts as one of their three weeks of dance.

2024 Crash Course Schedule –  COMING SPRING 2024