This training facility for dancers is headed on a rotating basis by visiting ballet teachers from the National Ballet School of Cuba, assisted by Cuban dancers working with Joburg Ballet as well as South African dancers with JB who are being trained in the Cuban ballet method. The SA Cuban Ballet School was initiated in 2012 . The internationally respected Cuban ballet training system has produced many acclaimed dancers and these dancers often appear as guest artists in JB productions.
The Joburg Ballet School offers three levels of tuition and it is envisaged that this training initiative will develop into a fully-fledged vocational school feeding dancers into the professional Joburg Ballet company, and a South African centre of excellence for preparing dancers for professional stage.
Enrolment into Joburg Ballet Satellite Schools (Soweto, Alexandra and Braamfontein):
Admission into the schools is through an audition that takes places at the end of the year.
Audition dates for 2017 to be confirmed. Children must be aged 6 at the time of the audition or by January of the following year. The age limit for all children is 14.
Audition Dates (subject to change):
20 November 15:00 – 18:00 Alexandra Auditions San Kopano
21 November 15:00 – 18:00 Soweto Audition Uncle Tom’s Hall
23 November 15:00 – 18:00 Braamfontein Auditions National School of the Arts
25 November 09:30 – 12:30 Accelerated Program Joburg Ballet Studios
Dress Code for auditions:
Boys – Short, loose-fitting pants, swimming shorts or tights and a T-shirt.
Girls – Leggings or tights with a swimming costume, leotard or a tight-fitting top.
Acceptance into the schools:
Children accepted into the schools pay a Registration Fee for the required ballet attire and a nominal monthly fee to attend weekly classes, starting in January of the following year.
There are no classes on Saturdays except for the children in the Accelerated Program.
Fee amounts to be confirmed each year. To give you an idea, for 2017, the Registration Fee is R200 and the monthly fees are R100 in the Satellite Schools.
Satellite School classes begin at 15:00 on weekday afternoons.
Alexandra: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Soweto: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Braamfontein: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
JB Accelerated Program:
Exceptional students, who are of ages 8 – 12, stand a chance to audition for the Joburg Ballet School Accelerated Programme. This is an intensive ballet programme where students attend weekly classes, at least 4 times a week with a 5th class on Saturday morning. Students that audition will be notified immediately after their audition if they are eligible to audition for the Accelerated Program.
To book and for more information, contact the Coordinator of Joburg Ballet Schools Keke Chele by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011-877-6903 ONLY BETWEEN 11:00 and 15:00 with the following information:
- Child’s Name and Surname
- Parent’s Name and Surname
- Child’s Age
- School of choice (Alexandra, Braamfontein or Soweto)
- Parent’s Contact Number
- Parent’s E-mail