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

  • – Seeking classically trained and versatile male dancers of any height for company positions.
  • – Male and female company, apprentice, and trainee positions are available
  • – Company dancers receive a 31-week contract and full health insurance benefits

Recent repertoire includes choreography by Jennifer Archibald, George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Alejandro Cerrudo, Darrell Grand-Moultrie, Adam Hougland, Edwaard Liang, Trey McIntyre, Yuri Possokhov, Danielle Rowe, Penny Saunders, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, James Sofranko, and Christopher Stowell.

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. Each of the audition venues requires proof of vaccination and attendees to wear a mask at all times while in the building.

Note: At New York City’s City Center and at San Francisco Ballet, proof of vaccination and booster (if eligible) is required to audition.

National Master Audition | December 28 & 29, 2021

This two-day audition in the Los Angeles area allows dancers to be seen by many directors of major US companies, including GRB, in one convenient location. Each dancer will be seen in a ballet and modern class. Company directors will decide who they wish to call back, and each director will work in their own way with the dancers they call back.

*requires separate audition fee paid to Ballet California.

Los Angeles | January 5, 2022

Registration 1 p.m. | Audition Master Class 1:30-4 p.m.
Debbie Allen Dance Academy
3791 Santa Rosalia Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Grand Rapids | January, 23, 2022

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

New York City | February, 12, 2022

Registration 1 p.m. | Audition Master Class 1:30-4 p.m.
New York City Center
131 W. 55th St.
New York, NY 10019

Note: At New York City’s City Center, proof of vaccination and booster (if eligible) is required to audition.

Chicago | March 13, 2022

Registration 1 p.m. | Audition Master Class 1:30-4 p.m.
Joffrey Ballet
10 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

*The Joffrey Ballet is currently only permitting fully vaccinated individuals (as outlined by the CDC) to participate in external auditions and events. All persons entering the building must provide proof of vaccination to audition officials and wear a well-fitted face covering over the nose and mouth at all times while in the facility. Attendees may be asked to wait outside until the beginning of the registration period.

San Francisco | March 20, 2022

Registration 2:30 p.m. | Audition Master Class 3-6 p.m.
San Francisco Ballet
455 Franklin St,
San Francisco, CA 94102

Note: At San Francisco Ballet, proof of vaccination and booster (if eligible) is required to audition.


  • – $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. 

*$20 fee waived in Grand Rapids. National Master Audition requires a separate fee paid to Ballet California.

  • Sarah Marley, photo Scott Rasmussen

  • Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Off the Canvas, photo Ray Nard Imagemaker


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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