Ballerinas. Jan 10, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Canada's National Ballet School)

Canada’s National Ballet School pirouettes into Windsor

Attention all dancers!

Canada’s National Ballet School will host auditions in Windsor on Saturday. The ballet school will visit St. Clair College with open classes on Friday between 4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and auditions on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 132 at the south Windsor campus on Talbot Road West.

Ballet school officials said auditions for their full-time Professional Ballet Program for students in Grades 6 to 12 and the post-secondary program for high school graduates are specially designed ballet classes where dancers are assessed for quality of movement, coordination and overall suitability for the demands of classical ballet. They added that the minimum age to audition is 10, and no prior ballet training is required for students aged 10 to 12.

Officials said junior and senior dance students are also welcome to participate in the open classes, which are designed for students to attend regardless of their intent to audition for the full-time program.

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Canada’s National Ballet School was established in 1959 and is one of the world’s foremost training institutions for aspiring young dancers and teachers. The Professional Ballet Program gives talented young dancers the opportunity to pursue a career in professional ballet in a supportive environment that focuses on the physical and emotional well-being of the student.