Thank you for your interest in joining Grand Rapids Ballet, Michigan’s only professional classical ballet company. 


  • – Male and female company and apprentice positions are available
  • – Company dancers receive a 31-week contract and full health insurance benefits
  • – Perform 5 programs per season including full-lengths, mixed reps, and touring

Recent repertoire includes works by Jennifer Archibald, George Balanchine, Andy Blankenbuehler, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Lar Lubovitch, Dani Rowe, Penny Saunders, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, James Sofranko, Ben Stevenson, and Christopher Stowell.

– Take the next step towards a professional career
– Train with Artistic Director James Sofranko and Grand Rapids Ballet staff
– Take class and perform with the company regularly
– Perform works created specifically for the trainee program
– Completely tuition-free

In-person auditions are preferred, but we are also accepting video auditions for anyone unable to audition in person. Please send class and performance footage along with resume and photos to  Auditions during company class are offered by invitation only, after receiving a video submission.


Please see below for the most up-to-date information about our upcoming company audition tour. 

Grand Rapids | January, 21, 2024

Registration 11:30 a.m. | Audition Master Class 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Ballet
341 Ellsworth SW
Grand Rapids, MI

New York City | February, 4, 2024

Registration 11:30 a.m. | Audition Master Class 12-2 p.m.
The School Of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza,
New York, NY 10023

Chicago | March 10, 2024

Registration 11 a.m. | Audition Master Class 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Joffrey Ballet
10 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

San Francisco | March 17, 2024

Registration 1:00 p.m. | Audition Master Class 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
San Francisco Ballet
455 Franklin St,
San Francisco, CA 94102


  • – $20 registration fee, payable by cash or check*
  • – Current resumé
  • – Headshot and dance shot preferred

Note, no pre-registration is required. Please email with any further questions. 

  • Sarah Marley, photo Scott Rasmussen


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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. The city is home to numerous cultural organizations such as the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Ballet, Opera Grand Rapids, and the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. DeVos Performance Hall, Van Andel Arena, Civic Theater, 20 Monroe Live, and St. Cecelia Music Center are among many venues that present local and touring performers in the city. Annual events such as ArtPrize and Festival of the Arts attract people from all over the state.

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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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