Student Life - Dance performer course (FAQ)

What are the selection criteria for the course?

We are looking for young dancers with a strong technical base in either contemporary or ballet, a good body awareness, physical potential, clarity of movement, an open mind, a desire to confont yourself to the work of a broad range of artists as well as a capacity to observe. Every year we choose candidates from many different backgrounds.

What should be on the pre-selection video

- a contemporary dance solo
- maximum length 5 minutes
- you must be clearly visible (no other dancers on the video)

Will I receive a salary for participating in the Ballet Junior de Genève?

This is an important point: the BJG is not a professional company. The dancers are all students of the Ecole de Danse de Genève and do not receive a salary.

Is it possible to audition only through video?
Video auditions are strictly for non-european candidates who cannot make the trip to Geneva. This video should include the following elements: ballet centerwork, one or two contemporary dance sequences, a solo in the style of your choice, a short improvisation. The total length should be no longer than 15 to 20 minutes. Please make sure the privacy setting is set to "on". Either a YouTube or Vimeo link with password. 
The closing date to receive a video audition is: Friday 29 March.

What are the course fees?
The annual course fees are 5'500 with a CHF 50 registration fee. Possibility of monthly payments.

Do I have to enroll for three years?
No, during the audition, it will be decided whether a dancer is to be admitted into the first, second or third year depending on their age, training level, experience and available places.

Are there any course scholarships?
Exceptionally, under certain circumstances and by written application, a reduction of the course fees can be awarded by the directors. Your application for an arrangement will only be considered when you have provided administration with written proof that all other financial aid attempts by the student in his/her own country have been turned down.
For these requests a full application process will need to be sent to Caroline Fujisé, administrative manager of Ecole de Danse de Genève. Even if you are not certain of being accepted to the course, we recommend you begin your funding search in your own country as in most cases replies will only be given after the audition dates of BJG.

Can the school provide accomodation?
The Ecole de Danse de Genève does not provide boarding. Each student is responsible for finding a room or apartment. Our administration can help with your search and put you into contact with other students for possible flat sharing.

What does accomodation cost locally?
Prices vary, but you should allow a minimum of 500 CHF per month (or €450 in neighbouring France)

Will I be allowed time off to audition for a first contract?
Auditions are not allowed during the first year. They are permitted from the second year onwards except during the two weeks prior to performances.

Can I do a private audition (outside of the official audition)?
We only consider a private audition for candidates in unavoidable circumstances (performances, exams, etc...). To apply for a private audition you must justify with an official document why you cannot be in Geneva for the general audition.
IMPORTANT: This document is to be added to the required registration process.

Ballet Junior Genève Course

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For the last 40 years now, the Ecole de Danse de Genève has been training dancers capable of joining some of the world's best companies (see list of companies that have enrolled dancers from the professional course).

The dance-performer course aims to develop in a young dancer, his/her own artistic identity. Contact with working choreographers is made possible through every student's participation in the school's company: Ballet Junior de Genève.

Admission to the course is by audition only.
The aims of the dance-performer course is to allow each student to improve their own talents and potential. The work both on a technical and interpretative level will allow them to be responsive to the ever-growing demands they will encounter within the profession.

DURATION:

This is a 2 year course with an optional 3rd year by invitation.

AIMS:

To train dance performers capable of joining professional dance companies or projects, or continue studies in higher education contemporary dance university-level courses. A certificate is obtained at the end of the 2nd year.

CONTENTS:

The course is articulated around classical and contemporary dance techniques. At the heart of the training is work on repertoire or creating contemporary and neo-classical works within the activities of the school company: Ballet Junior de Genève. All students from the course are part of BJG.

FIRST YEAR:

Ballet technique classes
Contemporary technique classes
Contemporary dance workshops
Yoga
BJG repertoire
 - minimum of 3 works presented on stage (with 1 creation)
 - workshops of repertoire excerpts
Theoretical classes
 - Preparation for professional life
 - Dance culture (exchanges around and analysis of dance works)
Introduction to teaching dance to small children (7-10 yo) (optional)

SECOND YEAR:

Ballet technique classes
Contemporary technique classes
Contemporary dance workshops
Yoga
BJG repertoire*
 - 5 to 6 works presented on stage in Geneva (with 1 creation)
 - mixed bill programme for touring (Switzerland and abroad)
Theoretical classes
 - Elaboration and nuturing of personal career plan
 - Dance culture (exchanges around and analysis of dance works)

THIRD YEAR:

Structured as the second year
personal projects are encouraged

*the amount of stage work is greater in the second year.

TEACHING AIMS:

The qualities developped throughout the course are the following:

autonomy
speed and efficiency of choreographic learning
stylistic versatility
creativity in interpretation
team spirit
risk-taking
curiosity for the arts
rigor and regularity in daily work
availability
a personal and commited outlook
physical and mental endurance

EVALUATIONS

FIRST YEAR

Two interviews during the year where reports from each faculty member and the directors are presented to the student. It is a moment where the dance student can evaluate his/her place in their training and development. This exchange also allows the directors to assess the objectives of the student and to review their progress.
Passing into the second year is decided by the directors, taking into account the continual assessment of the teachers.

SECOND YEAR

There is a first interview at the beginning of the year to prepare the student for his/her entrance into a professional environment.
Two personal interviews are held giving an assessment of the dance student's progress within the course.
A third year can be requested by the student or suggested by the directors. The criteria for admission into a third year are very much based on the individual as well as the student's previous background, age, development within the course, level, motivation in continuing to follow an intensive training course.

THIRD YEAR

There is a first interview in the beginning of the year to establish clear working guide-lines and objectives.
An individual session to refine the student's career plan.
A final assessment interview in the third term with a complete faculty report and discussion around finding work and artistic opportunities.

Audition Ballet Junior de Genève

The audition for the Ballet Junior de Genève starting september 2019 will take place on:

30th and 31st March 2019

This audition is aimed at young dancers between 17 and 22 years old.
A good technical level is required as well as an interest in and a curiosity about contemporary creation.
There will be a video pre-selection.

Step 1 - application 

The application procedure is now closed.
Please fill in the online application form, complete with:
- an ID photo,
- ONE dance photo,
- a letter of motivation
- a video link of you in a solo of your choice not exceeding 5 minutes (details about the video in the FAQ). Use YouTube or Vimeo to upload your video. Only add ONE link.
Only complete application procedures will be taken into account.
Selected candidates for the audition will be contacted during the week of the 25th February.

Step 2 - the audition on 30 & 31 March - what you can expect

For the selected candidates, who will have been contacted at the end of February, the audition will start on the morning of Saturday 30 March.
There will be a first selection at the end of the first day.
The audition will consist of the following elements: a ballet class, a contemporary class, learning excerpts from the BJG repertoire, improvisation and an interview with each of the 2nd day candidates.
The auditon will end around 19:00 on Sunday evening.

Step 3 - admission

After the audition, candidates will be informed of the result within two weeks by email. Successful candidates will then receive an admission form to the Ecole de Danse de Genève as well as a contract for the Ballet Junior de Genève.
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For any questions about the course, please check the FAQ page.
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Dance-performer course

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For the last 40 years now, the Ecole de Danse de Genève has been training dancers capable of joining some of the world's best companies (see list of companies that have enrolled dancers from the professional course).

The dance-performer course aims to develop in a young dancer, his/her own artistic identity. Contact with working choreographers is made possible through every student's participation in the school's company:  Ballet Junior de Genève.

Admission to the course is by audition only.
The aims of the dance-performer course is to allow each student to improve their own talents and potential. The work both on a technical and interpretative level will allow them to be responsive to the ever-growing demands they will encounter within the profession.

Prospects

Graduating student-dancers go on to work with established  dance companies or as freelance dancers on projects by choreographers or groups. Here are some of the companies and artists they have worked with.

EMANUEL GAT DANCE I BALLET BOYZ I HOFESH SHECHTER DANCE COMPANY I CIE SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI | CIE DCA PHILIPPE DECOUFLÉ I DV8 | NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER | CEDAR LAKE NEW YORK I BALLET DE LORRAINE | STADTTHEATER DARMSTADT I BALLET DÜSSELDORF | ZFIN MALTA | CIE GRENADE I BALLET PRELJOCAJ | CIE OLIVIER DUBOIS I NORRDANS I BALLET DE SAINT-GALL | MALANDAIN BALLET BIARRITZ I CIE GILLES JOBIN | BALLET DE L’OPÉRA DE LYON I INBAL PINTO & AVSHALOM POLLAK COMPANY | ITDANSA | YANN MARUSSICH | CIE PIETRAGALLA | BALLET DE ULM I BALLET LUZERN | CIE CATHY SHARP | QUORUM BALLET I STADTTHEATER KASSEL | BLACK BOX THEATER | CIE ALIAS CULLBERG BALLET | PHOENIX DANCE THEATRE | CIE LINGA I CIE MICHEL KELEMENIS | FOOFWA D’IMOBILITÉ I SCOTTISH BALLET I BALLET NATIONAL DE MARSEILLE I CIE PHILIPPE SAIRE I BALLETS C DE LA B - ALAIN PLATEL I INTRODANS | CIE 7273 I NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY WALES I THEO CLINKARD I JANN GALLOIS | DANTZAZ

Some student-dancers also create their own personal work and start their own companies after their course.

Alumni

Below is a list of ex-dancers showing their first contracts on leaving BJG:

DIPgeneve100pxThe Ecole de Danse de Genève is accredited by the Département de l’instruction publique, de la formation et de la jeunesse Service écoles et sport, art, citoyenneté and recieves funding from the République and canton de Genève. 
It is a member of  CEGM and certified Artistiqua .

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