Junior Company

By Audition Only


Typically for ages 18 and up



June 22 – July 18, 2020 (4 week option)

June 15 – July 26, 2020 (6 week option)


Performance: July 17      


Company Interview: July 18


Possible performance with Anne Of Green Gables – The Ballet™:
July 24 – 26, 2020


Tuition Fees:

$1595.00 + HST (June 22 – July 18, 2020, 4 weeks)

$2240.00 + HST (June 15 – July 26, 2020, 6 weeks)

Non-refundable deposit to hold your spot is *$565.00 + HST


Residence Fees: (ESTIMATE ONLY. We are waiting for finalized fees from our resident partner.)

Junior Company Ages 15 – 17 *$450.00 +HST/per week

Junior Company Ages 18+ *$345.00 +HST/per week

For dinner and breakfast add *$35/day +HST

For lunch add *$12/day +HST


View the CBJ Summer Dance Refund Policy HERE.

Program Description

Immerse yourself into a professional dance company environment; this program is for the dancer seeking their first professional full time job in a dance company. Dancers will work with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen company dancers and artistic director Bengt Jörgen to create new works, hone repertoire and put professional poise to technique, etiquette and work habits. All CBJ company apprentice contracts are filled through this program.

Acceptance into this program requires that you be seen in an audition by Artistic Director, Bengt Jörgen. A brief interview is also required. There are very limited openings for this program. Video auditions are accepted when necessary.

History of Participant Contracts with CBJ

YEAR IN JCDANCER2015/162014/152013/142012/132011/12NATIONALITY
2011Gustavo HernandezFullFullFullFullApprenticeCuba/Canada
2011Hannah Mae CruddasFullFullFullFullApprenticeCanada
2011Rachel ChewApprenticeMalaysia
2011, 2012*Avya Rossouw-HollandContractContractFullApprenticeCanada
2012Annelie LilliemarkFullFullFullContractSweden
2012Eleanor BullContract
2012*Fiona DrewbrookApprenticeContractCanada
2012Gabriel RitzmannFullFullBrazil
2012*Heather Lumsden-RueggFullFullFullApprenticeCanada
2012Justine FraserContractCanada
2012Kanae AkatsukaContractJapan
2012Levi BladFullSweden
2013Adrian JuarezFullFullApprenticeMexico
2013Elizabeth GagnonContractContractApprentice
2013Josephine CheungContractHong Kong
2014Emma MillerApprenticeCanada
2014Momoka MatsuiFullApprenticeJapan
2014Junior CaballeroFullApprenticeParaguay
2014Dominic WhoApprenticeCanada
2015Mei IshibashiApprenticeJapan
2015Michaela GobasApprenticeCanada
2015*Julia PochkoContractCanada
2015Emily WhittomeContractCanada

*George Brown Dance Graduate
Full – Full season paid company member
Apprentice – Full season paid apprentice
Contract – Hired for a specific project that season

Audition Information

If you are interested in joining Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company, please register for an audition (highly recommended):

Click here for the list of Auditions across Canada

In person auditions are ideal, but if you are unable to attend a scheduled audition you can audition by video.

Please follow our video requirements to audition for the Junior Company and send all requirements in one email to auditions@balletjorgen.ca


Deposit $550 + HST due by April 28. Full fees are due by June 2. Residence is available. Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 6:00pm, with a studio showing on August 5.


What did you learn that you found particularly useful?

“Experiencing a company schedule and learning new techniques”
“I learned how to trust my impulse in contemporary works as well as classical”
“Performance quality is important”

What did you like best over your 5 weeks here?

“The large variety of repertoire we learned.”
“Working with the Company members.”
“That it felt like I was in a professional environment.”
“I liked the variety of classes and repertoire work that was taught and the opportunity to perform at the end of each week so I can develop both technically and artistically. I loved the small group of people I was able to dance with – everyone was very passionate, supportive and inspiring, including the teachers.”

Junior Company Comments

“It was a great experience and a great way to jump start my career”
“I loved the process of construction, collaboration and refining emotion and technique.”
“I really liked the working atmosphere, it was the best program I ever attended.”

Past Participant Testimonials

“I have never had “creation” at other summer programs, I liked how interactive it was.”
Fiona Drewbrook (Summer 2012 and George Brown Dance P102 student 2013 graduate, 2013/14 BJC Apprentice)

“Dancers that need work experience should come to this program, it was like a job.”
Levi Blad (Summer 2012 and 2012/13 Ballet Jörgen Canada Apprentice)

“Good teachers, positive work environment, a good chance to work on the same things for an extended period of time, a good way to jump start my career.”
Heather Lumsden-Ruegg (Summer 2012, George Brown Dance 2012 Graduate, and 2012/13 Ballet Jörgen Canada Apprentice, 2013/14 Company member)

“For many years I have loved Ballet Jörgen Canada’s ability to bring exquisite ballets to as many different audiences as possible, so I am very much looking forward to being a part of their magic this summer.”
Hannah Mae Cruddas (Summer 2011 and 2011/12 Ballet Jörgen Canada apprentice, 2012/13 & 2013/14 Company members)

“So much fun, intense, amazing and useful; I felt like for the first time in my dance training I could connect the dots.”
Ayva Roussouw-Holland (Summer 2010, 2011 Junior Company, George Brown Dance Student & Mentorship Student with Ballet Jörgen Canada)

“This was a fantastic program to lead into my apprenticeship with Ballet Jörgen Canada, and I would recommend it to any aspiring professional ballet dancer.”
Sarah Koekkoek (Summer 2010 and 2010/11 Ballet Jörgen Canada apprentice)

“Being able to work with choreographers and dancers from the company was a great way to understand how professional ballet dancers work on a daily basis. The program was very challenging but a tremendous amount of fun.”
Raphael Amiot-Savard (Summer 2010 and 2010/11 Ballet Jörgen Canada apprentice)

For program information, please contact Clea Iveson
education@balletjorgen.ca or 416-415-5000 ext. 4928