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Summer Intensive Audition : Arch Contemporary Ballet
The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory 2ND FLOOR
Manhattan, NY
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Summer Intensive Audition : Arch Contemporary Ballet
Audition In Person

$25 advance/$30 at door

Saturday, March 25th 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Sunday, March 26th 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm

The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
104 W 14TH Street Floor 2,
Between Sixth and Seventh Avenue

2:00pm - Performance:Intro to Arch Rep | Premiere of Innate Prismrose
2:45pm - 3:15pm - Ballet Warm up
3:15pm - 4:15pm - Repertoire Class

The audition class consists of a short ballet warm up class taught by an ACB soloist, and repertoire taught by Sheena Annalise.

Although pointe work is not required, those planning on wearing pointe shoes during the intensive must audition in pointe shoes.

There is no dress code at the Arch Ballet Summer Program, but please wear form-fitting dancewear and style hair neatly away from your face. Most students wear a leotard and tights or shorts, but there is no restriction on color or style. No loose shirts or baggy pants, very form fitting dancewear. Pointe shoes are encouraged but are not required, you must state on your application if you plan to do pointework or flat. Flesh tone ballet flats or Apolla Performance Wear Socks required, if not on pointe. Men wear flesh ballet flats or Apolla Performance Wear Socks.

Additional Recommended attire:
Apolla Performance Wear Warm Up Socks has created footwear for ballet dancers that provides Arch Support, Ankle Stability, Energy Absorption, and the option for Customizable Traction. Targeted compression zones help lift and stabilize the plantar fascia (and the 3 outer ankle ligaments most prone to injury in a roll),  effective energy absorption, and the ability to strengthen or develope your feet create a great warm up/barre aide. Catch some of our dancers wearing these for warm up on our Instagram page @archballet. Purchase your pair here. Receive 10% off your purchase with discount code ArchApollaDiscount.

Before the Audition: If you have registered online prior to your audition class, arrive at least 5 minutes before the audition time to check in and find your seat for Performance : Introduction to Arch Ballet Repertoire - World Premiere of Innate Prismrose.

If you have not registered in advance for your audition class, arrive 15 minutes early and exact change of $30 cash. All auditionees must bring headshot and dance resume back to back one page.

A rising pioneer for ballet and music, Annalises distinct style unveils unconventional lines of a dancers body in this world premiere ballet, INNATE PRISMROSE. Light installation artist, Robert Glowacki, transforms an unconventional white box with laser shadows to set the tone for this eye catching work. Daring movement expresses the natural state of humans primal instincts in a 21st century civilization. Inspired by how the hustle and bustle of everyday life, living as a millennial, mask our carnal instincts. Five explosive dancers display these primal instincts: how they take over our minds and bodies, and the reactions we have towards them. Decadent uncanny movement creates a cutting-edge and thought provoking ballet with an inventive piano score by Award-Winning composer Matthew AC Cohen.  

Dancers: Kara Cooper, Mikal Gilbert, Tori Hey, Wilderlei Rudson, Katelyn Somners

The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory is located at 104 W 14th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Manhattan and is accessible by Subway 1,2,3 at 14 Street, L at 6 Ave, and F,M at 14 Street.


Arch Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive

Monday, August 7th  Sunday, August 13th
New York City Center : Studio 4
136 W 56th Street
New York, NY 10019



Arch Contemporary Ballets Summer Program offers an unparalleled experience in contemporary ballet rooted with the philosophy of Artistic Director, Sheena Annalise. Students are guided through a new way of thinking about ballet, music, and body movement.

The curriculum values artistic risk-taking and tenacious work ethic. Emphasis is placed on cultivating the dancers ability to realize their full potential, express their individuality through bold new movement, and discovering their limitless boundaries through dance and music.

Our aim is to supply a solid technical underpinning for contemporary works based in classical training, and to provide an environment for the unfolding of the students own learning process.

Designed for aspiring artists ages 16-34 (audition materials required  Audition in person or by video), this intensive program supports the growth of the contemporary ballet dancer. Students study at New York City Center Studios located in the heart of New York City at 130 West 56th Street. They have a unique opportunity to study with founding Artistic Director Sheena Annalise, learn Arch Contemporary Ballet repertoire from current Company members, and train/mentor with a diverse roster of ACB soloists.

Side by side with The Composers Intensive, dancers will be involved in the creation of a world premiere piece by Sheena Annalise and will perform it at the conclusion of their intensive in Arch Contemporary Ballets spring season performances. Students of the music intensive will be composing to our summer intensive students using the cross collaboration process that Arch Contemporary Ballet has created.

2017 Summer Program

Monday, August 7th  Sunday, August 13th

$400 full session | $150 one day pass

Monday, August 7th  Thursday, August 11th 5pm-8pm
Saturday, August 12th 2:00 pm Showing with ACB at Sheen Center | Theatre Call time: 11:30 am
Sunday, August 13th 2:00 pm Showing with ACB at Sheen Center | Theatre Call time: 11:30 am

Students are given the opportunity to dance on stage with Arch Contemporary Ballet during their summer season performances at the Sheen Center twice on Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th. Additionally, students will receive a complimentary ticket to Arch Contemporary Ballets Summer Season Performance to watch the company perform on closing night Sunday, August 13th at 8:00 pm followed by a reception.

Founded in 2013, New York Citys Arch Contemporary Ballet was established with a bold spirit and innovative vision to create an artistic process that enhances the connection between ballet and music. All of ACBs works are choreographed and completed in silence. Commissioned artists then create original music scores specifically for each repertoire program. In addition to her innovative way of joining movement and music, Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, challenges classicism with a cutting-edge approach to partnering, pairing women on pointe together as partners. ACB has performed across the country including the Paramount Theatre in Boston, Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, AZ, Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit, New York Citys Sheen Center, and more. Learn more at

Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, at age 14, was honored to work with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in Equator Project, nurturing her choreographic talent. She quickly found a distinct voice by creating innovative body lines and exploring her fascination with the connection between movement and music. In her early work she began to play with creating her own tempos, accents, and pauses in her ballets without the limitations of existing music. Looking to accentuate her silent yet rhythmic choreography, she developed her artistic process of commissioning artists to create music specifically to each repertoire program. Annalise spent 2012 mentoring with the Mark Morris Dance Group, when she then founded Arch Contemporary Ballet the following year. Through ACB she has received residencies and space grants throughout NYC and has been named a Prodigy by The Womens Project.

Arch for Autism is an initiative for families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues to come together and enjoy the benefits of dance and music. Our goal is to make ballet and music accessible to all by including Autism Friendly performances during our performance season Adjustments to the production include reduction of obscure lighting, shorter running time, and reduction of any sudden sounds. Plus, there will be areas in the lobby for quiet time or activities staffed with autism specialists for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.


The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory 2ND FLOOR (View)
104 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
Manhattan, NY 10011
United States

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