Ballet dancers needed for London 2012

Ballet News | Talented pointe-trained ballet dancers are needed for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London Olympics next year. 

Are you a strong on pointe ? Pro or amateur ? A UK resident, aged 18 years +?  Free for audition (date, tba) and then rehearsals in June and July next year ? Then this opportunity could be for you ! It’s not paid work, but you will be a part of history, if you’re chosen. 

Here’s what the casting team are looking for : ballet pointe dancers

LONDON 2012 SEEKS VOLUNTEER DANCE PERFORMERS FOR THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Artistic Directors Danny Boyle and Kim Gavin are searching for 10,000 volunteer performers to fill roles in the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies.We are specifically looking for talented pointe-trained ballet dancers to be part of this world class event. You do not necessarily need to have professional experience, but we would love to hear from people who are trained and enthusiastic ballet dancers, with strong skills in dancing on pointe, to perform in front of a stadium audience and to millions of people around the world.All cast volunteers will need to be available for up to two auditions in November and December 2011, up to three rehearsals a week from June 2012 and a few all-day rehearsals running up to the Ceremonies. These will all be based in East London.  

Conditions of application

To express your interest you need to be able to accept the following conditions (all are mandatory):

1. I will be 18 years or older by 1 March 2012 (see above for 16-18 age range condition) *
2. I acknowledge that all auditions and rehearsals will take place in east London *
3. I understand that if accepted, I would be a volunteer and not be paid for or compensated in any way for my time *
4. I accept that I will be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check and other background checks *
5. I am available to attend auditions that will take place in the evenings during November and early December of this year *
6. I understand that being a volunteer performer for Ceremonies requires: *
  • Participating in two to three rehearsal sessions each week of up to four hours per session from March 2012 and;
  • A number of all-day rehearsals in the three weeks leading up to each Ceremony.

This is not a first-come, first-served process and only one application per person will be accepted. If we are lucky enough to receive over 15,000 applications a computerised draw will be used to randomly create the short list for auditions.

Please contact me if you can demonstrate that you have the requisite experience.

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2 Responses to Ballet dancers needed for London 2012

  1. jo October 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    this is pretty cool. to bad i’m not even close to london 🙁

  2. Ballet News October 11, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    @Jo, that’s a shame.

    To all those asking what they should do if they already have a general audition date : that’s fine. The audition should pick up your pointe skills. Subsequently, the casting director decided to target ballet dancers, hence this press article. There is a way to highlight on the form that you are a pointe dancer, so get in touch if you haven’t done this and want to send another application.