Head of OBII/TRAINEE PROGRAM | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trainee Program is a full-day training program for dancers with professional potential. Training includes up to six hours of technical dance training daily, plus rehearsals. There are numerous performance opportunities with Orlando Ballet, Orlando Ballet Second Company, and Orlando Ballet School.
Dancers range from ages 16-21. During the school year we do not offer housing. Many students share apartments within walking distance of the studio. Dancers are chosen by the Artistic Director and are on full tuition scholarship.
All OBII dancers are selected by the Orlando Ballet School Director and the Artistic Director through an audition process. They train and rehearse with the professional company on a regular basis and dance in both company and school performances.
OBII dancers also present new and classical works to underprivileged youth and senior citizens at free and affordable costs. OBII performs for over 50,000 individuals annually in local festivals, schools, nursing homes, and at Orlando’s premium theatres. It is an opportunity for young dancers to expand their resumes while still continuing intensive ballet study.
OBII is the top level of Orlando Ballet School and serves as the pre-professional bridge between the Trainee Program and the professional company. Currently, two-thirds of the professional company are graduates of the OBII program. Participants in the OBII program receive a full tuition scholarship which includes all of their training as well as a scholarship to support other training-related expenses. In addition to a rigorous training schedule, they have numerous performance opportunities in OBS productions as well as with the professional company.
A student can officially audition during the Summer Intensive Audition Tour, Company Audition (age permitting), or by submitting a video audition online to the Summer Intensive program.
Please visit our Summer Intensive audition tour dates and video audition site HERE to view locations, video audition requirements and to submit. Please note that dancers who would like to be considered for Trainee or OBII must attend a minimum of 3 weeks at the Orlando Ballet Summer Intensive.
Notification of your audition results will be emailed within two weeks of your audition. Please do not call the office within this period to ask about your results.
Potential candidates are required to attend our summer intensive to be reviewed by artistic and school directors for acceptance into the Trainee or OBII program. Potential candidates are not guaranteed to receive a position and the decision to attend our Summer intensive programming is at the responsibility of the student and their family.
Final decisions are notified in Mid to late July prior to the fall season start date.