Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Best and brightest in the region: Louisiana Dance Theater, Shreveport, schedules auditions on Mon, Aug 11, for ages 8 through teens

Auditions for Louisiana Dance Theatre’s 2008-2009 Season will be held Mon, Aug 11, at Carol Anglin Dancenter at Pierremont Mall, says Mrs. Anglin.

Louisiana Dance Theatre available positions include:
- Corps de Ballet division (ages 14 and older by Sept 1),
- Youth Ballet division (ages 12 - 13 by Sept 1)
- Trainee division (ages 8 - 11 by Sept 1).

Monday’s schedule for all prospective and returning members:
4:00 – 5:15 pm…audition for dancers ages 8 - 11
5:30 – 7:00 pm…audition for dancers ages 12 and older

LDT’S '08-09 auditions are open to dancers throughout the Ark-La-Tex who have a minimum of two years of classical ballet training. The audition class will include ballet, modern, and jazz dance.

Members of LDT will participate in the company’s '08-09 season of performances including the Red River Revel, the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker; LA: DANCE ALIVE!, SRAC’S ArtBreak, and Stars of Tomorrow 26th Annual performance at the Strand Theatre.

LDT members 12 and older who qualify will attend the 2009 Regional Dance America/SW Festival at the Stafford Centre, Houston, TX.
Dancers have the opportunity to attend the Louisiana Dance Foundation’s month-long 26th Annual Summer Dance Festival to train with internationally renowned guest artists.

Company members sign a one-year contract from Aug 20, 2008 – July 31, 2009, that adheres to the standards as set forth by Regional Dance America and the Louisiana Dance Foundation Board of Directors.

Louisiana Dance Theatre is the resident dance company of Louisiana Dance Foundation, a non-profit organization chartered in the state of Louisiana in 1984. LDT became a member of Regional Dance America in 1991 and was named an Honor Company in 1995, becoming Shreveport’s first and only regional ballet company. The local company received RDA’S prestigious Stream Award in 2004
In addition to local performances, Louisiana Dance Theatre has performed throughout Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas in Houston, Dallas, Galveston, Amarillo, Abilene, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio; Orlando, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Washington, D.C (Kennedy Center); Pittsburgh, PA; in Russia; and in three European Tours of Austria, Germany, and Italy where LDT was one of four American companies invited to perform at Tanzsommer International Dance Festival (1999, '04, & '08).

Louisiana Dance Theatre was recently invited by the Dallas Dance Council and Dallas Morning News to perform at the 2008 Curtain Call Festival on Sept 27 & 28.

Members of Louisiana Dance Theatre have progressed to college and professional careers in internationally renowned institutions and companies including Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Jacob’s Pillow, Julliard, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Boston Conservatory, Marymount Manhattan, Boston Summer Dance Festival, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Miami’s New World School of the Arts, New York University, and more.

Applications are available at Carol Anglin Dancenter at Pierremont Mall. Contact Mario Harper at (318) 861-3006.

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