2020-21 Season Auditions

Company Auditions | Trainee Auditions | Apprentice Auditions

Don’t miss your chance to audition for Michigan’s only professional ballet company — under the artistic leadership of James Sofranko — as a company dancer, apprentice, or trainee in our 2020-21 season. Work with the world’s best choreographers in classical and contemporary ballet including Princess Grace Award winner and Grand Rapids Ballet resident choreographer, Penny Saunders, and Artistic Director James Sofranko while advancing your career in a city ranked 13 in the 125 best places to live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Recent repertory also includes work by Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Stowell, George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Danielle Rowe, Alejandro Cerrudo, Adam Hougland, and Trey McIntyre.

Company dancer positions include a 31-week contract and health insurance.

On the day of your audition:

  • • A $20 audition fee applies to all locations and must be paid at registration
  • • Women must be prepared to dance en pointe
  • • Bring a headshot and resume

2020-21 Season Audition Tour

Audition Two Ways

  • Open Audition

    Bring a resume and headshot to audition location.

  • Online

    Submit video links of class and performance examples of classical and contemporary work as well as a headshot and resume to audition(at)

Experience GR!

Grand Rapids has an affinity for public art, and its craft brewery scene is one of the best in the nation. A scenic spot perched on the Grand River – Michigan’s longest waterway – Grand Rapids has evolved from its 19th-century roots as a hub of furniture production to the modern-day metro area that is attracting college students and young families with its healthy job market, affordable housing and outdoor recreational activities.

From the doctors and nurses working in the region’s booming health care industry, to the strong LGBT community that hosts the much-feted annual Grand Rapids Pride event, to the numerous artists and musicians, the region is home to people from all walks of life. Grand Rapids’ neighborhood associations are incredibly active, bringing the metro area’s population together for community events such as the Eastown Street Fair, which draws people to the artsy neighborhood for food, music and more.

Midwest friendliness is no exaggeration in Grand Rapids, which, despite being the second largest metro area in Michigan, exudes small-town warmth. Walk down almost any residential street in Grand Rapids, and you’ll often be met with a wave and a “hello” from people caring for their lawns or hanging out on porches.

Grand Rapids by the Numbers

Metropolitan Population: 1,039,182

Average Summer/Winter Temperature: 83° / 30°

Travel Time: 42 minutes to Lake Michigan, 2.5 hours to Detroit, 3 hours to Chicago

Median Age: 36

Cost of Living: 8.1 out of 10 (Grand Rapids offers a better value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income)

Airport: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) is the largest commercial airport in West Michigan and the second largest in Michigan. It currently has 140 nonstop flights a day to more than 30 popular destinations.

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