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.