About the Audition

Classical Ballet Class

All candidates take an hour-long classical ballet class to assess physical capacity.

Movement Class

Live auditions may also include a short movement or repertoire section.


Candidates may be requested to do an interview with the Artistic Director to assess intellectual and emotional capacities.

All adjudication panels include the Artistic Director, in addition to one or more senior faculty members.

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Successful Candidates

How Arts Umbrella Dance defines talent is the foundation of our curriculum and mandate of our programs. We seek dancers with physical, intellectual and emotional capacity, and students selected must display at least two of these characteristics in abundance.

Physical talent is defined by the ability to withstand the rigour of professional training without injury. Intellectual and emotional qualities are assessed through an interview with the Artistic Director.

It is our view that many physical challenges can be overcome with intelligence and desire.