Audition Requirements & Dates
Zoom Audition Requirements:
Please email the following materials to email@example.com and let us know that you’d like to participate in the live audition via Zoom.
- First arabesque photo
Recorded Video Audition Requirements: If you are unable to attend the Zoom audition, you may email the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- a YouTube or Vimeo video link
- First arabesque photo
Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes and must include ballet center work consisting of pirouettes, adagio, petite & grand allegro, and pointe work, if applicable. A contemporary solo (no longer than 1 minute) is also preferred. Results will be sent within three weeks of video submission.
“The MCB summer intensive was a great experience. Dancing all day gives it the same feel of a large institution, yet you get great one-on-one attention here. I highly recommend it for anyone who aspires to dance or wants to get a feel for dancing professionally.” — Camille Laboile, 2013
“Last summer, I attended the School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s summer intensive. It was a fantastic chance to take class and learn repertoire at a high level and see improvement in just two weeks, and it was a safe environment to grow as an artist and benefit from the diverse faculty. In addition to personalized feedback and corrections, we also had a brief lecture on how best to take care of the body while dancing at a professional or college level. Skills such as managing nutrition and preventing or recovering from injury are often forgotten but are essential tools for every dancer. The rigorous schedule prepared me well for the university schedule I am now in the midst of and equipped me to continue making the most out of every class I’ve taken since.” –Stephanie Bonham, 2014
“I am currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, Michigan. This past summer I attended the MCB’s summer intensive. It was one of the most incredible experiences I have had thus far in my dancing education. I stayed with an amazing host family and their four adorable dogs. They were very welcoming and made the transition and stay comfortable. My host family made me feel very at home and even helped me experience Missouri. While attending MCB’s intensive, I was fortunate enough to not only take classes from MCB’s company dancers and director Karen Grundy, but also from two guest artists, Megan Pulfer and Peter Pawlyshyn. All of the instructors gave me feedback that helped me grow as a dancer. Megan instructed with impeccable technique and artistic choreography, while Peter was inspiration in work ethic and had a true gift for helping me understand and apply corrections to my ballet technique. Overall I was truly impressed by the personal attention and care that was given to all the students in the program, from the first contact through to the final presentation. My MCB experience was phenomenal and I feel that it shaped me into a more confident and strong dancer.” –Sarah Byington, 2015
“I have taken the MCB summer intensive for the past 2 years! I am so impressed with the faculty and program. It took me to the next level in my ballet and the guest teachers were incredible!!” -Savanah Wozny, 2015 & 2016
“I have been going to Missouri Contemporary Ballet summer intensive since 2015 and it’s amazing. I enjoy it because I get a lot of one-on-one attention and it helps me improve. I recommend it to dancers everywhere! They do many different styles of dance with an emphasis on ballet and contemporary. They bring in spectacular guest teachers and I love their resident staff. The focus is on technique as well as artistry.” -Sophia Schepers, 2015 & 2016
“I am currently enrolled as a Dance Pedagogy major at Butler University in Indiana. This past summer, I chose to attend the Missouri Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive. Having never been to Missouri before, I was graciously welcomed by my host family and their two adorable dogs. My host family made the transition and stay comfortable and showed me all that Columbia had to offer! While training at the MCB Summer Intensive, I was able to work not only with company dancers and artistic director Karen Grundy, but two guest artists as well. Kristopher Estes-Brown and Meg Paul were able to spend a substantial amount of time each day with us, which resulted in each creating and rehearsing a piece on us for the final performances. The personalized corrections and relationships which the MCB Summer Intensive fosters are truly exceptional and I am so grateful that I was able to experience them. As I embark on my senior year of college and completing my undergraduate career, I believe that the MCB Summer Intensive was the perfect choice to attend, as it immersed me into the professional dance world and gave me a glimpse of professional life for two weeks in the heart of Columbia under an impeccable faculty and other dancers!” -Ashley Tomaszewski, 2017
Shannon Lee West completed her ballet training at Arizona Ballet School, under the direction of Kee Juan Han, with supplemental training at The Harid Conservatory and The Rock School. Competing in the second year of its existence, she placed in the highest position at the Youth America Grand Prix in Los Angeles and was offered a place at the Bolshoi Academy in Russia. Ms. West chose to continue her studies under Mr. Han and began performing professionally while still in high school with Ballet Arizona. Upon graduation, Ms. West spent time dancing with Center Dance Ensemble (AZ), Ballet Pacifica, The Georgia Ballet, and Cedar Lake II. After transitioning from performing to artistic administration, she became the Ballet Mistress and Resident Choreographer for Missouri Contemporary Ballet, where she remained for eight years. During that time her choreographed works were performed locally and at national and international festivals. After transitioning to Saint Louis Ms. West changed her focus to teaching and choreographing for the youth of various Saint Louis area schools, as well as traveling to work with students throughout the United States. In her formative years, Kee Juan Han instilled a passion for the Vaganova pedagogy and Ms. West has been able to develop that further by studying with Jonathan White, one of the earliest members of the National Ballet of Cuba. With her Vaganova training she has been on faculty at COCA, guest faculty at Mercyhurst University, and has coached several private students who have gone on to place at YAGP and IBC and received merit scholarships to Boston Conservatory, Point Park University, Cal Arts, and Juilliard. Having completed her Pilates certification through the Eve Gentry lineage, Ms. West is passionate about training well-rounded dancers with a keen understanding of the biomechanics of the body, focusing, ultimately, on the longevity of each student’s dance career and bringing the next generation to the concert stage.