Competition fierce as dancers audition for ballet school

Dozens of young ballet dancers auditioned today in Calgary for a chance to be a student at Canada's National Ballet School.

Young Calgary dancers vie for chance to be in Canada's National Ballet School

Ballet dancers prepare ahead of auditions today for Canada's National Ballet School. (Nadia Stewart/CBC)

Dozens of young ballet dancers auditioned today in Calgary for a chance to be a student at Canada's National Ballet School. 

Representatives from the school are travelling across the country holding similar auditions in Canada's major cities. Auditions were held in Calgary early Tuesday. 

The competition is fierce, says Martine Lamy, a ballet teacher with the school.

"We're really looking for flexibility, musicality, artistry."

Lamy says they'll take as many talented dancers from Alberta as they see.

"You never know who we're going to see from year to year. I know out West, we usually have pretty high standard of schools here that are putting out some really good talent and some pretty good training."

For the 2014 summer program, 1,000 students will be chosen nationally. Of that group, 150 will be selected for auditions for the full-time program. Only 50 will be admitted.

The auditions are both for the school's full-time professional ballet program, which is children in grades 6 to 12, and for the post-secondary program, which is for high school graduates.


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