The program demonstrates Atlanta Ballet’s continued commitment to training dancers for professional careers and is the pathway to becoming an Atlanta Ballet Company member.
The Atlanta Ballet 2 dancers are selected by audition from all over the world and represent the artistic vision of Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin. These young individuals are dancers who have arrived at a defining point in their transitions to becoming professional dancers. They receive individual classes and coaching from esteemed faculty mentors. The intense level of training, opportunities to rehearse with the Atlanta Ballet company, and the experiences of their own performances help mold the young artists’ awareness of the high expectations demanded of professional company members.
The position involves taking Atlanta Ballet 2 classes in addition to select Company classes and rehearsing with the Company on a daily basis. There will be several opportunities to perform with the Atlanta Ballet company in larger productions such as The Nutcracker, presented by The Carlos Family in Honor of Thalia N. Carlos, and full-length ballets. This also includes the one-hour family ballet each season that feature Atlanta Ballet 2 dancers in leading roles. Atlanta Ballet 2 will also have its own performances of selected repertoire around the metro Atlanta area.
Candidates for Atlanta Ballet 2 are selected from the Academy, the Summer Professional Intensive, and by audition. The Atlanta Ballet 2 dancers receive a weekly stipend and shoes during the Company’s season. They also receive free tuition for all classes and activities at Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education.
Atlanta Ballet 2 dancers in rehearsals for Cinderella, with choreographer Bruce Wells. Photo by Kim Kenney.