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front row l-r: Ingrid Lewis, Emily Kayser, Sophia Stefanopoulos; back row l-r: Bailee Columber, Maeve Senter, Sienna Clark
photo by Scott & Kate Rasmussen

GRAND RAPIDS BALLET

Trainee Program

WHY TRAIN WITH US?

Our Trainee Program offers a unique opportunity to continue training in a professional environment alongside the professional dancers of Michigan’s only professional ballet company, Grand Rapids Ballet.

Created for those emerging dancers looking to bridge the gap between student life and a professional career, the Trainee Program is tuition-free and usually consists of 7-10 dancers each season.

As a trainee, you will learn to excel in classical and contemporary ballet while performing works from master choreographers and emerging artists.

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE

If you’d like to learn more about our Trainee Program, email Artistic Coordinator Dawnell Dryja today.

YOUR LIFE AS A TRAINEE

  • • Take class regularly with Grand Rapids Ballet company
  • • Take trainee-specific classes designed exclusively to further develop your artistry and technique
  • • Perform in company productions including The Nutcracker at DeVos Performance Hall seen by over 15,000 people per season
  • • Be considered for all company productions, including mixed reps and classics
  • • Perform in our annual Spring Break for Kids production at Peter Martin Wege Theater
  • • Enjoy opportunities to work and explore choreography with renowned choreographers and Artistic Director James Sofranko
  • • Participate in community outreach like visits to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and interaction with children at our Saturday Family Matinees
  • • Receive supplemental training and occasional performing opportunities through Grand Rapids Ballet School and Junior Company
  • • Receive the opportunity for continued training through Grand Rapids Ballet School’s ballet and contemporary Summer Intensives
  • • Gain access to our outstanding team of Spectrum Health physical therapists on- and off-site