Magnum Opus' Trainee Program exists to encourage and strengthen dancers as they grow into artists through a loving, positive and Christ-centered environment.

 "My biggest passion is to contribute to the progression of excellence in the Christian arts. Magnum Opus has been developing my artistry and technique so I can better communicate the beauty and truth of art to our audiences." - Sophia Kelly 

"Being apart of Magnum Opus as a trainee has not only strengthened my artistry, but the amount of performances we do with the company has done so as well. My favorite part of performing with the company is interacting with the audience members after a show. Just hearing how you’ve impacted someone or how you can pray for them is so touching."

- Brielle McCarthney 

The Trainee Program is intended to be a one- to two-year long program for dancers 18 years and older, running from September through May each season.


The program will further develop the dancer's technique while being mentored artistically and spiritually by the Trainee Director, Melissa Mendl and Magnum Opus staff. The trainee schedule offers: ballet technique, pointe, strengthening, contemporary, and choreography class. Dancers will also train alongside the company on a weekly basis and have the opportunity to perform in every major company production. The trainees also have unique performance opportunities separate from the company to help develop not only their artistry, but also their ability to minister to the community through dance. Artistic Director, Abigail Henninger, will consider trainee dancers for apprentice positions with the company at the end of each season.

Audition Information
for the 2020 - 2021 Season

2020 Master Class and Trainee Audition

  • Sunday, February 2nd

    • Madison, Wisconsin​







Dancers wishing to be considered for the Trainee Program are strongly encouraged to attend the live audition and submit the application materials one week prior to the audition date. However, if you are unable to attend the live audition please contact us about submitting an audition video.

Application Requirements:

  • Dance Photos - two classical poses

  • Head-shot

  • Pre-Registration Fee, $15 (Payable via PayPal or Check, payable to "Magnum Opus")

  • Completed Application Form

  • 1 Spiritual and 1 Dance Letter of Reference

  • Live audition or Video

Click below to download the Audition Application Form:

To pay the Audition Fee via PayPal, click below:

Application Submission:

Send completed audition materials to both email addresses below:

Email: and 


Please review the list of requirements before turning in your application to ensure you are submitting all of the required materials. Your application must be received 2 weeks prior to the live audition date or before March 1st if submitting a video audition.


You will be notified by email when your audition application is received and you are registered for the audition. We will provide the exact time and studio location of the audition once your application is accepted.


Please direct questions about the Trainee Program or application process to:

Madison, Wisconsin  -

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