Professional Dancer Development Summer Program
THREE WEEKS: JULY 8-26, 2019
EUGENE, OR USA
"Ballet Fantastique not only dances outside the box
...they throw the box away."
—Gwen Curran, The Register-Guard
In today’s world, we believe that it is no longer enough to be “simply” a dance company in the mold of generations of dance companies gone before. Instead, Ballet Fantastique believes that companies must be powerfully energetic and versatile—committed to building new audiences for the arts—just as they are profoundly invested—committed to working together to do what it takes to bring world-class art into being. And so, we are artistically bold and unapologetically tenacious, carving new niches for our art and building passionate new audiences for dance in the process.
THIS IS: THREE WEEKS TO CHANGE YOU AS A DANCER. A unique, immersive project designed for professional dancers. Train with, under, and alongside current Ballet Fantastique professional artists, visiting international professional guest artists, and Ballet Fantastique resident Choreographer-Producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager on Ballet Fantastique's gorgeous studio campus in downtown Eugene, OR.
Weeks 1-2: Explore Ballet Fantastique's inimitable brand of bold new contemporary dance theater. Hone fierce artistry, nuanced musicality in a diverse range of musical styles, and powerful technical and choreographic mastery with a small, elite cohort of like-minded peers.
Week 3: Take Ballet Fantastique Company Class and learn regular Company repertoire as part of the Company's first week of work under Assistant to the Artistic Director Jessica Jaye Mackinson, Ballet Fantastique Artistic Director Donna Marisa Bontrager, and Co-Choreographer Producer Hannah Bontrager.
The Professional Dancer Development Program serves as an integral part of both the audition and the on-boarding process for Ballet Fantastique Company and Apprentice positions and new dancers. Select dancers may be invited to stay for three additional weeks of work with the Company (by invitation only) as part of Apprentice and/or Company season contracts with Ballet Fantastique.
PROGRAM LIMITED TO 15 DANCERS + CURRENT BFAN PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS.
BY INTERNATIONAL AUDITION + INVITATION ONLY.
Tuition + Fees
Enrollment Contract due + $200 non-refundable Enrollment Deposit due April 13, 2019. Balance of tuition due May 1, 2019.
STUDIO CAMPUS: Classes are held at Ballet Fantastique's bright, state-of-the-art downtown Eugene training campus, with over 6,000 square feet of studio and learning space. Surrounded by magnificent mountains, Eugene is safe and easy to get around. Restaurants, delis, coffee shops, natural grocery stores, a farmer's market, and Whole Foods are located within just blocks of the studios. The hub of the city’s award-winning public transportation system is just 2 blocks away from our campus.
Sample Daily Schedule
11 am-1 pm: Vaganova master class (ballet) — women should be prepared for center on pointe
1-2 pm: Lunch or open time for Downtown Athletic Club workout/cross-training
2-2:30 pm: Floor barre/conditioning
2:30-6 pm: Rehearsal: Ballet Fantastique contemporary ballet repertoire
+ Select master classes as announced (contemporary, modern, jazz, character, contemporary partnering, craft of choreography)
WE WANT: We want to find and grow dancers with: Technical prowess, artistic talent, strength, a great work ethic and sense of humor, and an insatiable appetite for what’s next (because sometimes, even we don't know and the art just has a mind of its own).
YOU WANT: You decided that you don't need to be one of 50 people fighting to get noticed. You want to: Bolster your fearless sense of artistic play and choreographic versatility and inspire the confidence to explore new levels of artistic and technical bravura. You want to grow alongside other working international professional artists who care, a lot. You want to make new professional connections, see if Ballet Fantastique is a good fit for you, and break the mold with us as you work to achieve the next level of your professional goals.YOU WILL LEAVE THIS PROGRAM WITH:
Recent Ballet Fantastique Contemporary Ballet Premieres
images from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, An American Christmas Carol, ZORRO: The Ballet, Dragon & the Night Queen, Cirque de la Lune, and The Odyssey
photos: Greg Burns, Stephanie Urso, Bob Williams // all rights reserved
Downtown Athletic Club pass (located adjacent to Ballet Fantastique's downtown Eugene studios) — optional add-on.
Sample accommodations available at The Collegian Lofts.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Ballet Fantastique offers a limited amount of merit scholarships and need-based financial aid (in the form of Work Study) for the Professional Dancer Development Program. Merit scholarships are awarded based on the audition and participants receiving them will be notified in their acceptance email; there is no application process. Merit scholarships must be accepted by the date listed in the acceptance email.