Coppélia – Local Participant Program
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is looking for 3-4 female and 1-2 male student dancers to participate with the company in their performance of Coppélia.
The cast will be assembled from local area students, based on either a recommendation by their dance/theatre teachers or at an audition. The cast will rehearse with the Company for 1 hour the day before the show and then 4 to 5 hours directly prior to the performance. All participants are invited to watch Company class on stage and if students are advanced enough in their training they will be encouraged to join the Company class.
The candidates will need to learn the choreography quickly, listen well, and follow and retain directions easily. They must have good stage presence and carry themselves well.
How the Program Works:
The Local Participant roles in Coppélia are walk-on roles. Students portray dolls, they wear the same costumes as the professionals and are in the scenes to enhance the atmosphere of celebration and comradery. We look to have the students blend in with the professionals seamlessly and boost the scenes with vibrancy.
The main goal for the Local Participant program is to give the participants up close exposure and access to the workings of professional dance – all the detailed work that goes on backstage to prepare for each and every show, the technical and artistic expertise required by all, and the need for every single performer to give their 100% at all times throughout the process and the show – this is how magic is created for our audiences, it is how we infinitely grow as artists and it is who we are as a Company. The Local Participants are invited to dance their roles at 100%, adding to the magic and have an inspiring experience!
All cities will be cast through a Recommendation process unless you are notified of an audition.
APPLY FOR A ROLE
The recommendation process has 2 steps.
Step 1: To apply for the recommendation process, please click on the Apply For A Role button to the right and complete the online application form.
Step 2: Have your dance teacher contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the password to access and complete the Teacher Recommendation online form using the Recommend a Student button to the right.
Please refer to the table below to find out if when Applications and Recommendations are due for each performance city.
- Local Participant Performance Cities
- Eligibility Criteria
- Rehearsal Schedules
- What You Need
Local Participant Performance Cities
|Performance City||Recommend Due Date||Audition Date||Audition Time||Audition Location||Performance Date(s)||Performance Location|
|Cambridge, ON||Closed.||N/A||N/A||N/A||Sept 16 2018||Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge|
|Ottawa, ON||Closed.||N/A||N/A||N/A||Oct 19 2018||Centrepointe Theatre|
|Guelph, ON||Jan 5 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||Jan 20 2019||River Run Centre|
|Nelson, BC||Jan 12 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||Feb 2 2019||Capitol Theatre|
|Duncan, BC||Jan 17 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||Feb 7 2019||Cowichan Performing Arts Centre|
|West Vancouver, BC||Jan 20 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||Feb 10 & 11 2019||Kay Meek Centre|
|Chilliwack, BC||Jan 24 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||Feb 14 2019||Chilliwack Cultural Centre|
|Vernon, BC||Jan 30 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||Feb 20 2019||Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre|
|Cranbrook, BC||Feb 1 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||Feb 22 2019||Key City Theatre|
|Medicine Hat, AB||Feb 3 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||Feb 24 2019||Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre|
|Ft. Saskatchewan, AB||Feb 7 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||Feb 28 2019||Shell Theatre|
|Spruce Grove, AB||Feb 9 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||March 2 2019||Horizon Stage|
|Sheridan, WY||Feb 15 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||March 8 & 9 2019||Whitney Performing Arts Centre|
|Camrose, AB||Feb 21 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||March 14 2019||Camrose Performing Arts Centre|
|Ft. McMurray, AB||Feb 23 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||March 16 2019||Keyano Theatre|
|Brandon, MB||Feb 28 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||March 21 2019||Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium|
|Summerside, PEI||March 17 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||April 7 2019||Harbourfront Centre|
|Halifax, NS||March 22 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||April 12, 13 & 14 2019||Dalhousie Arts Centre|
|Fredericton, NB||March 27 2019 @ 5:00pm EST||N/A||N/A||N/A||April 17 2019||The Playhouse|
Females – 3-4 Roles
Height: 5’2″ to 5’8″
Waist: 22″ to 28″
Males – 1-2 Roles
Height 5’5″ to 5’11”
Waist 27″ to 29″
Please make sure that the participants have a dance physicality. The female costumes are tights, bodysuit, and a romantic style tut. The male costumes are tights, bodysuit, and a cummerbund.
Coppélia Youth Cast Rehearsal Schedules for 2018
|Cambridge ON||Ottawa ON||Guelph ON||Nelson BC||Duncan BC||West Vancouver BC||Chilliwack BC|
|Vernon BC||Cranbrook BC||Medicine Hat AB||Ft. Saskatchewan AB||Spruce Grove AB||Sheridan WY||Camrose AB|
|Ft. McMurray AB||Brandon MB||Saskatoon SK||Summerside PEI||Halifax NS||Fredericton NB||Toronto ON|
What You Need
Please note that we do not expect anyone to have to purchase special items in order to participate in the show. We can provide most anything a student does not already own or borrow for the show.
For the audition:
Please wear your regular ballet class dancewear and ballet shoes. Be warm and ready to dance.
For your first rehearsal:
Please wear your regular ballet class dancewear and ballet shoes. Where possible, please bring footwear that pertains to the roles you are eligible for, see below for requirements.
For your wardrobe fittings and stage rehearsals:
As well as your own regular dance wear and dance footwear please bring the following:
Girls: Skin-tone, sleeveless bodysuit, pink tights, ballet slippers
Boys: Dance belt, white or black ballet slippers
Hair: All to bring basic hair supplies (elastics, hairspray, bobby pins, hair pins etc) Girls – Hair will be worn in a bun. Boys – as is.
For the performance(s):
Wardrobe, footwear and hair as determined at the fittings.
Make-up: Basic make-up – brown/black eyeliner. Girls – lipstick & mascara too. Lady in waiting – blush.
I just wanted to forward you our heartfelt thanks for allowing Sarah the opportunity to perform in Toronto.
It was quite an honour and privilege for her to be part of the show and we are very thankful for the opportunity. The young dancers learn so much from the experience and the entire process of the audition, rehearsals and performances. The experience resonates with young dancers for quite a while and not only does it build their confidence but it also builds on their love of ballet.
Sarah found inspiration from a number of the company dancers and she has returned to her ballet classes full of spirit and determination. I also wanted to say how thankful we are that the company members are so great with the young dancers. They take time to go out of their way to ensure the young dancers feel confident and feel like little stars for the performances. I applaud you all on doing such a wonderful job inspiring and encouraging our youth.
Thank you again for such a wonderful time. Good luck with the remainder of your tour!
Dance Studio Owner and Parent Kim
Best of luck with everything and keep doing what you do! The dance students in Ontario are very thankful.
Dance Studio Owner Briana
One little story – on Wednesday morning I was making the rounds of Lakes District Secondary School, to make sure the 100 borrowed chairs and 20 borrowed tables, the clothes racks and microwaves and soup bowls and spoons and all the other paraphernalia had made their way back to their ‘homes’ in the school, and that all was well at the high school (where the Arts Council is a valued ‘tenant’). I walked back stage in the Multi-Purpose Room. It felt like the magic was gone. The props and sets and costumes – not to mention the dancers – were on their way to Chilliwack. The stage was closed off, the lights were dark, there was no music – and students were quietly waiting for a class, on the exact spot where last night swans danced, Von Rothbart lurked, and Swan Lake captivated 370 people. But … one of the girls waiting for her class had been in the production the night before. She was wearing a Ballet Jörgen 25th anniversary tour T-shirt, and in the middle of her back, along with Toronto and Ottawa and Medicine Hat and Yorkton and St. John, it said “Burns Lake, BC”. She was telling her friends excitedly about the production the night before. The show and the experience lives on, in the hearts and minds of those kids who took part in it.
Thank you, and all at Ballet Jörgen who design and implement and support the Local Participant program, for giving our young people the opportunity to learn and grow, and the memories.
John and Sandra Barth for the Lakes District Arts Council, Burns Lake, BC
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