RISE Symposium

RISE Symposium

April 1, 2023

What is the RISE Symposium?

This RISE Symposium, hosted by Orlando Ballet’s Community Enrichment department, will offer professional and higher education opportunities to our local high school dance majors by eliminating common financial and environmental barriers.

The Symposium will offer professional development workshops presented by world renowned industry professionals, in-person audition for professional companies, universities and possible employment with major entertainment companies.

This multifaceted experience will inform participating dancers on the scope of the dance industry, equip them with the tools to succeed, and readily showcase their abilities to interested universities and companies.

Location Dates Showcase

Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre 

600 N. Lake Formosa Drive  

Orlando, FL. 32803 

April 1, 2023 

12: 30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

April 2, 2023 

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

April 1, 2023

6:00 p.m.


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About the RISE Symposium

This conference is a two-day event that incorporates professional development classes, dance workshops, rehearsals, Q&A’s, auditions, and a performance.

What does the Conference include?


The performances will include works from Orlando Ballet’s RISE program and Orlando Ballet students. Each school will perform an original work that was created for their class. Students in the RISE program received 30 hours of technical instruction and choreography from an Orlando Ballet teaching artist to perform during this showcase. These showcases are free to the public as well as to funders. Valet service will be provided. A performance will be presented on the first day of the conference, April 1 2023.


Professional Development 

On the second day, dancers and their instructors will arrive at Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre for professional development workshops. This will introduce all attending institutions and provide a macro level understanding of what the dance industry can offer. The focus on this session is to emphasize the dynamic skills and talents that are seen as advantageous in the industry. Students will strengthen their portfolio or resume both for performance and non-performance work.


Q & A

A Q & A will take place to invite students to network with other dance professionals. They can ask professionals about their career journeys, advise on professional development, and information on the professional’s school or company.


Dance Workshops

On the second day of the event, dancers from the RISE schools will participate in dacne workshops. These will be 50-minute to 90-minute sessions focusing on different dance styles: Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, African, Indian Dance, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Ballroom etc.


The Audition

As dance workshops are being hosted for all students, juniors and seniors will gather into audition groups to be observed by attending schools, universities and companies. This audition process can be tailored to the requests of attending institutions and organizations. Students will be auditioning for the following: summer camp intensives, company and trainee positions, full time entertainment opportunities, and school admissions. To participate in the audition process, students must submit a headshot, full body image, videos of requested technique combinations, and resume prior to the beginning of the symposium.


Who will be attending?

Please CLICK HERE for the RISE Symposium Guest Details


Dress Code

Feminine Dress Code: Black Leotard, skin toned tights, ballet slippers.

Masculine Dress Code: White Shirt, Black joggers or shorts, ballet slippers

Audition Students: Character Heels, Pointe Shoes (if applicable), Ballet Slippers


Is there a fee to participate?

There is no fee for the student to participate, however, each student is responsible for their own dance attire and materials. Full attendance is required to participate in the program.


Will I be notified of my audition results?

Your submitted information including: resume, head shot, full body shot, and dance videos will be shared with attending recruiters. The recruiter will reach out to the dancer if interested in offering an opportunity to the dancer.


Can parents observe the symposium?

Parents are welcome to attend the showcase on the first night of the symposium. Parents are not permitted in the studios, lobby, or audition room during the workshops and audition.


How do I access the required dance video combinations?

Please upload your video onto YouTube and share and copy the link to the video on to your student Jackrabbit portal. Please ensure the video is accessible to those with the link.


How Do I upload my resume, headshot, and body shot?

Please upload these items through your Jackrabbit student portal.

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