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
  • – 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. 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.

Grand Rapids | January, 22, 2023

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

New York City | February, 26, 2023

Registration 11:30 a.m. | Audition Master Class 12-2 p.m.
The Ailey Studios
405 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

Chicago | March 12, 2023

Registration 11 a.m. | Audition Master Class 11:30 a.m.-1:30 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 19, 2023

Registration 1:30 p.m. | Audition Master Class 2-4 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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