Coppélia - Local Participant Program - Ballet Jörgen


Local Participant Program

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.


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 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
Cambridge, ONClosed.N/AN/AN/ASept 16 2018Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge
Ottawa, ONClosed.N/AN/AN/AOct 19 2018Centrepointe Theatre
Guelph, ONJan 5 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AJan 20 2019River Run Centre
Nelson, BCJan 12 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 2 2019Capitol Theatre
Duncan, BCJan 17 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 7 2019Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
West Vancouver, BCJan 20 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/A N/AFeb 10 & 11 2019Kay Meek Centre
Chilliwack, BCJan 24 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 14 2019Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Vernon, BCJan 30 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 20 2019Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
Cranbrook, BCFeb 1 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 22 2019Key City Theatre
Medicine Hat, ABFeb 3 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 24 2019Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Ft. Saskatchewan, ABFeb 7 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 28 2019Shell Theatre
Spruce Grove, ABFeb 9 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 2 2019Horizon Stage
Sheridan, WYFeb 15 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 8 & 9 2019Whitney Performing Arts Centre
Camrose, ABFeb 21 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 14 2019Camrose Performing Arts Centre
Ft. McMurray, ABFeb 23 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 16 2019Keyano Theatre
Brandon, MBFeb 28 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 21 2019Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
Summerside, PEIMarch 17 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 7 2019Harbourfront Centre
Halifax, NSMarch 22 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 12, 13 & 14 2019Dalhousie Arts Centre
Fredericton, NBMarch 27 2019 @ 5:00pm EST N/AN/AN/AApril 17 2019The Playhouse

Eligibility Criteria

Females – 3-4 Roles
Ages 14+
Height: 5’2″ to 5’8″
Waist: 22″ to 28″

Males – 1-2 Roles
Ages 15+
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:

Wardrobe Requirements:

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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For program information, please contact Clea Iveson or 416.415.5000 x 4928

For more information on how you can support Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, please contact Stephen Word, General Manager at
or 416-415-5000 x 2857