Romeo & Juliet Local Participant Program

Opportunities for young dancers

The Romeo & Juliet Local Participant Program gives young dancers the opportunity
to perform with a professional dance company. They interact with professional dancers
and gain invaluable performance experience as they dance with Ballet Jörgen.

Ballet Jörgen Canada is looking for 6-10 student dancers and 2 theatre students to participate with the company in their performance of Romeo & Juliet

The cast will be assembled from local area students, based on a recommendation by their dance/theatre teachers. The cast will rehearse with the Company for 1.5 hours the day before the show and 2 or 3 hours prior to the performance.

The candidates need to learn the choreography quickly, listen well, follow directions, and retain them easily. They must have good stage presence and carry themselves well; there are few ‘formal’ dance steps.

Their roles will include –Villager children & teenagers, Ballroom guests & servants and Guards.

*All roles and requirements are subject to change. COVID protocols and parameters will be determined by each individual venue and presenter.*

Local Participant Performance Cities

Performance CityRecommend Due Date Performance Date(s)Performance Location
Saskatoon, SKFeb 4 2022 @ 5:00pm ESTFeb 23 2022TCU
Terrebonne, QCFeb 27 2022 @ 5:00pm ESTMarch 20 2022Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne
Dolbeau-Mistassini, QCMarch 5 2022 @ 5:00pm ESTMarch 26 2022 Salle Desjardins / Maria-Chapdelaine
Baie-Comeau, QCMarch 8 2022 @ 5:00pm ESTMarch 29 2022Salle Théâtre Centre des arts
Chicoutimi, QCMarch 10 2022 @ 5:00PM ESTMarch 31 2022Théâtre Banque Nationale
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QCMarch 13 2022 @ 5:00pm ESTApril 3 2022Salle Albert-Dumouchel

Ages 11-17 with a dance background.

All participants must be willing to wear tights.

 

Villager teenagers & Ballroom servants – 2 to 4 roles
14 years old and up and young adult like
Female Roles: Height: 5’4”-5’8”, Waist: 27”-34”, Chest: 32”-37”
Male Roles:  Height: 5’5”-5’11”, Waist: 27”-36”, Chest: 32”-39”

Guards & Ballroom Guests4 to 6 roles
15 years old and up and adult like
Height: 5’6”-6’1”, Waist: 30”-35”, Chest: 35” -41”
The 2-4 Guard roles are to be filled by theatre students.

Villager Children 2 roles
11 -13 years old
Height: 4’11”-5’3”, Waist: 23”-26”, Chest: 27”-31”

All rehearsals are MANDATORY for Local Participants. Below is a mock draft of the rehearsal expectations.

Day Before Show 

5:00-6:30pm Choreography rehearsal for all local youth participants. 

 Day of the Show

1:30pm Arrive at theatre – Costume fittings 

2:00-5:00pm Spacing rehearsal onstage with the full company 

5:00-6:30pm Dinner Break – parents to pick dancers up 

6:30pm Half Hour Call – arrive at the theatre 

7:00pm Curtain up

9:00pm Show ends 

As Guelph is the opening of the tour, the rehearsal schedule is different. Below is a mock schedule for the Guelph performance.

Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2022  

5:00-6:30pm Choreography rehearsal for all local youth participants. 

Date: Thursday, January 13th, 2022 

4:30-5:00pm Costume fittings

5:00-8:00pm Spacing rehearsal onstage with the full company 

Date: Friday, January 14th, 2022 

12:00-8:00pm Dress rehearsal onstage with the full company 

Date: Saturday, January 15th, 2022 

12:00-8:00pm Dress rehearsal onstage with the full company 

Date: Sunday, January 16th, 2022 (Day of the show) 

11:30-1:30pm (If Required) Spacing rehearsal onstage with the full company 

1:30pm Half Hour Call 

2:00pm Curtain up 

4:00pm Show ends 

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 your first rehearsal:
Please wear your regular ballet class dancewear and ballet shoes.

For your wardrobe fittings and stage rehearsals:
As well as your own regular dance wear and dance footwear please bring the following:

Wardrobe Requirements:

Bodysuits: Skin-tone, sleeveless bodysuit

Tights: pink or white tights

Ballet Slippers: White, pink, or black ballet slippers depending on role

Hair: All to bring basic hair supplies (elastics, hairspray, bobby pins, hair pins etc) Long hair will be worn in a bun and short hair will be worn as is.

For the performance(s):

Wardrobe, footwear and hair as determined at the fittings.

Make-up: Basic make-up – brown/black eyeliner, lipstick & mascara.

CBJ’s Appropriate Contact in Dance Policy

Please view the document below for the policy

For program information, please contact Nadia Spaziani (cbjeducation@balletjorgen.ca)