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At BalletNext the search for innovation trumps convention. In 2011, Michele Wiles, one of New York’s most acclaimed dancers founded the company with the vision to provide a platform for leading dancers, choreographers, and musicians. As a result, new work is produced and performed in an environment that promotes experimentation, creative problem solving, and a focus on process.

photo by Albert Ayzenberg

photo by Albert Ayzenberg

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NextGeneration


NextGeneration


NextGeneration
Dancer Development

Description

BalletNext offers a limited number of positions in its NextGeneration program for promising, advancing dancers. The NextGeneration curriculum was designed to merge exceptional, unseasoned talent with some of the world’s most respected dancers in genres as diverse as ballet and Brooklyn Flexn’. Dancers are given intimate personal instruction by NextGeneration faculty including Artistic Director Michele Wiles, involvement with professional BalletNext activities, and live performance experiences.

Faculty members are listed below.

Dancers will train in classical ballet technique and blended styles that draw from diverse aesthetics at least five days per week. Dancers will have open access to BalletNext company class and will be included in the creation of new choreography. NextGeneration dancers are expected to participate in live performance opportunities including choreographic exhibitions, creative retreats, and other events such as the BalletNext Spring and Fall seasons in New York City.

The NextGeneration curriculum also addresses important factors in the developing dancer’s career, such as refining personal social media promotion and marketing, resume writing, best audition practices, and networking skills.  Individual mentoring is available from Company members familiar with the challenge of launching a dance career while still making ends meet.


Michele Wiles

Founder and Artistic Director of BalletNext, former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Her Ushuaia to music by Heinrich Biber marked her formal choreographic debut in 2015. More…

Jay Donn

Founder of the Brooklyn dance style known as Flexing and creator of the sub-style, “Punchlines.” Featured in televised performances and many videos, he has toured worldwide. More…

Jesus Pastor

Artistic Director of Human Dance Project. Former Principal Dancer at Compañia Victor Ullate, Senior Soloist at English National Ballet, Soloist at American Ballet Theatre. More…

Marjorie Liebert

Movement therapist and ballet mistress, has coached injured dancers incl. Misty Copeland. Chosen by Boris Kniaseff to carry on his barre-à-terre, she helps dancers find their true placement. More…


Testimonials

Jay Donn

Jay Donn

I absolutely love working with Michele and Jay Donn. Their high energy is contagious and they always provide a positive and motivating work environment where experimentation thrives. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
— Sadie Kimball, Santa Barbara Festival Ballet
Working with BalletNext has not only improved my technique and artistry, but also my confidence. Thank you so much BalletNext, Michele, and Jay for the time and effort you devote to our rehearsals, and for how much you’ve taught me!
— Erin Chong
In her collaboration with Jay Donn, this is a very exciting development for ballet...
— Michelle Kimball
Dancing with Michele has taken everything I’ve learned to the next level and to the next extreme. When I started, the technique was there. But by doing that choreography and working with Jay Donn, I’ve grown tremendously as a dancer. Now I feel so confident in front of an audience, as well as doing new movements.
— Violetta Komyshan
 
As a young dancer, working with Michele Wiles and BalletNext inspired confidence in my dancing. Michele’s talent as both a coach and dancer in the creation of new works was invaluable in the studio. Her attention to the exploration of process and refinement is something I still remember as I approach choreography today.
— Lily DiPiazza
Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

Working with Ballet Next was an opportunity for me to grow as an artist in a very safe, loving and giving environment. Michele Wiles has a way of bringing artists together to create new and innovative works that New York City is craving to see. I’m fortunate to have had time spent on the stage and in the studio with this inspiring company.
— Misty Copeland

START HERE: Register to Audition

  • $50 application & audition fee — click to use this secure form to pay online

  • If your registration is approved, you will be invited to an audition scheduled for June 3 in New York City

  • Photographs — a head shot and one to four (1–4) full-body photographs

  • Education — a list with dates of any educational institutions, academies, internships, and significant workshops you've attended and the certifications, positions, or degrees you attained

  • Performance — a list with dates and locations of your dance performances and roles in public productions

  • Video — links to any online videos of your relevant dance performances/work examples (private or public, studio or stage)

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Artists


Artists


Artists

Photo: Albert Ayzenberg

Photo: Albert Ayzenberg

JAY DONN, FLEX Master

Eglė Andreikaitė

Alice Regnouf

Erin Chong

Natalie Stys

Violetta Komyshan

COllaborators

Photo: Angela Harrell

Photo: Angela Harrell

TOM HARELL &
THE TOM HARRELL QUINTET

ANNEKE SCHAUL-YODER, CELLO

MAURO BIGONZETTI

 

ELLIOT FIGG
Piano

Photo: Brook Pifer

Photo: Brook Pifer

Brian Reeder

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Peter Quanz

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Repertory


Repertory


REPERTORY

photo: Albert Ayzenberg

photo: Albert Ayzenberg

DON'T BLINK BY MICHELE WILES & JAY DONN

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

OUTSWIRL BY PETER QUANZ

photo: Marco Giannavola

photo: Marco Giannavola

SOMETHING SAMPLED BY JAY DONN, MICHELE WILES, AND CHRIS LANCASTER

photo: Paul B. Goode

photo: Paul B. Goode

La Follia by Mauro Bigonzetti

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

Different Homes by Brian Reeder

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

Picnic by Brian Reeder

photo: Nisian Hughes

photo: Nisian Hughes

APOGEE IN 3 BY MICHELE WILES

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

UShUAIA BY MICHELE WILES

photo: Paul B. Goode

photo: Paul B. Goode

BachGround by Mauro Bigonzetti
 

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

Surmisable Units by Brian Reeder

Querencia by Michele Wiles