Central Oklahoma Dance Theatre Trainee

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Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre Trainee Auditions

Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre (COBT) is now auditioning for both its trainee program and theatre company. COBT is the resident professional performing company of Central Oklahoma Dance Company located in Norman, Oklahoma. Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre is dedicated to supporting artists wishing to launch and broaden their dance careers, classical and contemporary repertoire and strengthen their dance experience and resumes. Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre understands the need for actual stage time for young and aspiring dance professionals and our trainee program and company endeavors to allow viable training and paid performance opportunities to its company members.

Audition date: Saturday September 7th 1:30-3:00pm, Sunday September 8th: 2:00pm-3:30pm

About The Trainee Program:

Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre’s Training Program is part of Central Oklahoma Dance Academy and designed to help aspiring dancers ages 16-24 in need of additional training and technique development to prepare them for a professional dance career. Trainees will receive personal and specialized instruction from dance faculty to aid in the development of technique, performance practices, repertoire and professional skill development including contract negotiation, audition strategies, strength and development. Trainees will perform alongside company members in addition to the CODC winter and spring performances with academy students. There will also be a trainee showcase. The trainee program is a branch of Central Oklahoma Dance Academy and tuition is required.

Trainee Benefits:

  • Opportunity to take 10 hours of ballet and contemporary technique classes weekly (Minimum of 6 hours).

  • Additional intensive faculty private mentoring, coaching and instruction

  • Opportunities to perform in Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre productions, winter and spring school recitals and yearly trainee showcase.

  • Scholarships to attend summer intensives and academy masterclasses

  • Experience instructing academy students, cultivating their ability and confidence to teach. This adds competencies to their set of employable skills.

  • We will help trainees build their career-ready resume not just by providing performing and training experience, but also in a resume workshop that will leave each student with clean photos, a letter of recommendation, a one page resume listing their experience, and a smart, impressive portfolio.


  • Age 16-24

  • CV, Headshot, 2 full body dance photos (First arabesque, tendu a la seconde, preferably en epointe) emailed to

  • Video optional (no longer than 3 minutes)

  • Audition invitations are based on emailed audition materials

  • $300 monthly tuition (includes 4 hours weekly of ballet and contemporary technique plus company rehearsal classes and faculty coaching)

Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre Company


Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre Company Auditions

Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre is an emerging professional ballet performance company with a vision for creating unique, vibrant and creative works of classical and contemporary ballet in the state of Oklahoma. Our holistic approach to dance performance and pedagogy drives our mission which is to bring dance to communities that might not otherwise have access to the beauty and inspiration of dance. Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre is dedicated to diversifying and broadening the scope of classical ballet and seeking dancers looking to be part of the excitement and freedom of forging a new creative venture. COBT emphasizes clean technique, expressive artistry and innovative art that provokes, inspires and moves its audiences. The company is seeking a limited number of dancers to be the first company who will be enthusiastic brand ambassadors dedicated to building the company’s brand and image in the community through their artistry and performance.

Audition Dates: Saturday September 7th 1:30-3:00pm, Sunday September 8th: 2:00pm-3:30pm

About the Company:

  • New, fresh and exciting opportunities to perform original and classical repertoire

  • Increased performance visibility

  • Trained and knowledgeable artistic, professional and technique development by COBT faculty and mentors from members of the Oklahoma dance community.

  • Professional and well-connected to other local professional dance opportunities

  • Flexible, low-commitment contracts

  • Fair industry competitive rates

About the Position:

  • Flexible scheduling/part time contracts

  • Opportunities for paid teaching and instruction through Central Oklahoma Dance Academy

  • Individualized coaching and artistic development

  • 3 month contract August-October (Opportunities for extension)

  • $350/mo duration of contract minimum (additional pay commiserate on position). Additional stipend per performance.

  • Flexibility for other non-conflicting contracts/jobs as necessary


  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Minimum of 5 years pre-professional dance training

  • 1-2 years of professional dance training preferred

  • US Citizen or valid U.S. work visa

  • Email CV, 2 full body shots (first arabesque and tendu a la seconde) to

  • Optional dance video (women must be in tights, leotard (no skirt), men black tights, white or black shirt). 3 minute maximum, provide link to youtube or video hosting do not email video submissions.

  • Auditions are open to those who have met the above requirements please email for further questions or information.