About the Program

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is looking for a total of 9-12 male and female student dancers to participate with the company in their performance of Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™.

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 1.75 hours the day before the show and then 3 to 4 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. There are a few ‘formal’ dance steps.

How the Program Works

To gain a role and perform in your local performance of Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™, students must apply for a role and teachers must submit a recommendation for that student. Teachers making recommendations will need the password – contact us for this.

To register, we will be collecting the student’s name, date of birth, phone number, email address, height, waist & chest measurements, and guardian contact information.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Education Manager will select the student dancers from the list of online recommendations for your region and then contact the teachers and participants with the casting results.

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 cbjeducation@balletjorgen.ca 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

Performance CityRecommend Due Date Audition DateAudition TimeAudition LocationPerformance Date(s)Performance Location
North Bay, ONSept 23 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AOct 14 2020Capitol Centre
Windsor, ONSept 26 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AOct 17 2020Chrysler Theatre Centre for the Arts
St. Catharines, ONSept 30 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AOct 21 2020FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Welland, ONOct 3 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/A N/AOct 24 2020Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium
Brampton, ONOct 7 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AOct 28 2020Rose Theatre
Orillia, ONOct 9 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AOct 30 2020Orillia Opera House
Burlington, ONOct 11 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/ANov 1 2020Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Winnipeg, MBOct 17 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/ANov 7 2020Regent Event Centre
Brantford, ONApril 1 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 22 2021Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
Kingston, ONApril 3 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 24 2021Kingston Grand Theatre
Chatham, ONApril 8 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 29 2021Capitol Theatre
London, ONApril 14 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 5 2021Centennial Hall
Cornwall, ONApril 17 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 8 2021Aultsville Theatre
Ottawa, ONApril 22 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 13 2021Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe
Fredericton, NBApril 27 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 18 2021Fredericton Playhouse
Summerside, PEApril 30 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 21 2021Harbourfront Theatre
Mabou, NSMay 2 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 23 2021Strathspey Performing Arts Centre
Saint John, NBMay 4 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 25 2021Imperial Theatre
Moncton, NBMay 9 2021 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 30 2021Capitol Theatre Moncton
Toronto, ONJuly 1 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AJuly 22-24 2021Bluma Appel Theatre

Eligibility Criteria

Ages 9-17 with a dance background.

Young Children & Nature Character
Height: 4’2 – 4’9          2-4 roles

School-age Children & Nature Character
Height: 4’10-5’3           3-5 roles

Teenagers/Young Adults & Nature Character
Height: 5’4-5’6             1-3 roles

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:

Wardrobe Requirements:

Girls: Skin-tone, sleeveless bodysuit, pink tights, ballet slippers

Boys: 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.


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

CBJ’s Appropriate Contact in Dance Policy

Please view the document below for the policy

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