The schedule of auditions has been set for this summer's Carreño-Barbieri Festival for Pre-Professionals (formerly the Carreno Dance Festival).
Auditions will be held in New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami, and at the Sarasota Ballet studios in February and March. Those accepted will attend a three-week summer intensive workshop focusing on both the English and Cuban ballet styles at the Sarasota Opera House August 4-24. The program is geared toward advance level dancers on the brink of professional careers; both Jose Carreño, co-founder and namesake of the festival and Iain Webb, artistic director of the Sarasota Ballet, will be teaching, as well as looking at students with an eye toward gaining new dancers for their respective companies.
Late last year, Robert de Warren, who originally partnered with Carreño to begin the festival in 2011, announced that it had been put "on hiatus" for at least a year due to financial and personal issues. Less than a month later, the Sarasota Ballet announced it had reached an agreement with Carreño, the former American Ballet Theatre principal who is now artistic director at San Jose Ballet, to partner on a revised version of the program. The new name reflects the involvement of Margaret Barbieri, assistant artistic director of the Sarasota company and head of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance, a year-round pre-professional training program.
Auditions will take place at the Ballet Nova Center for Dance in Washington, D.C. from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23; at the Artistic Dance Center in Miami from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 8; at the Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W. 55th St. in New York on March 15; and at the Sarasota Ballet studios on March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call (941) 225-6515 or email email@example.com.