TRAINEE PROGRAM

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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, current company artist who started in our trainee program

"In just the first few months I have been able to see a progression in my artistry, relaying passion through dance, and improvement of my technique in general. Whether it’s in trainee class, company rehearsal, or onstage for a performance, there’s always something to learn. All that we do is centered in Christ, therefore every movement has a meaning and every dance has a purpose to glorify Christ. " - Janna Rujawitz, current trainee

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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 Magnum Opus trainee staff. The trainee schedule offers: ballet technique, pointe, strengthening, contemporary, jazz, musical theater, creative worship, 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 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 2022-2023 season.

Our in-person audition is complete. We are still accepting video submissions for the 2022-2023 season.

Application Requirements:

  • Dance Photos - two classical poses

  • Head-shot

  • Audition Fee, $10 (Payable via PayPal or Check, payable to "Magnum Opus")

  • Completed Application Form

  • 1 Spiritual and 1 Dance Letter of Reference

  • Live Audition

    • March 12th at 10:00 AM- Studio, Steps to Grace

    • ​8982 Main St. Caledonia, IL 61011

  • Video

    • Video requirements - Please state your name, age, and reason for applying at the beginning of your video.

      • Ballet class with both barre and center on flat. Additional center work done en pointe demonstrating, turns, releves and jumps. Males in center demonstrating, turns, jumps, and partnering footage if you have it available. No variations are needed. ​Lastly we ask for you to perform a creative worship solo to music of your choice. This should display your performance quality and ability to relay passion to the audience.

*We encourage all interested applicants to attend our live audition. However, if you are unable we will accept a video audition following the instructions above. If you plan to attend our live audition please send your application materials to info@magnumopusballet.org by February 20th, 2022.

Click below to download the Audition Application Form:

To pay the Audition Fee via PayPal, click below:

Application Submission:

For video submissions please send completed audition materials to both email addresses below:

Email:  info@magnumopusballet.org and traineeprogram@magnumopusballet.org 

           

Please review the list of requirements before turning in your application to ensure you are submitting all of the required materials. 

 

You will be notified by email when your audition application is received.

Frequently asked questions:

Master Class

We welcome dancers to attend our class on March 12th as a master class even if you do not wish to audition, or not of the appropriate audition age. The class is open to all intermediate and advanced dancers 14 and up. Please register below.