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.
Michele Wiles, founded BalletNext in 2011 with the vision to pair classically trained dancers and live musicians in a collaborative setting that encourages risk taking and a focus on process.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, at age 10 she moved to Washington D.C. to train at the Kirov Academy on full scholarship. She was a Gold Medal winner at the 18th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria a Bronze Medal winner in Nagoya, Japan and a finalist at the Paris International Dance Competition. She was a Princess Grace Foundation – U.S.A. Dance Fellowship recipient for 1999–2000 and won the Erik Bruhn Prize in 2002.
She joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 1997 and joined American Ballet Theatre in 1998. She was promoted to soloist in 2000 and to principal in 2005. In 2011, she left that position to start BalletNext.
In addition to leading BalletNext as artistic director and dancer, Michele is choreographing. Ushuaia to music by Heinrich Biber, which premiered at New York Live Arts in February 2015 marked her formal choreographic debut.
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.
Dancers accepted into NextGeneration will have the opportunity to participate in studio exhibits, join us in choreographic retreats, and participate in daily Company class. In addition, NextGeneration dancers can become part of the BalletNext week-long Spring and Fall seasons in New York City.
The NextGeneration program runs on a trimester basis, as follows:
September – December
January – March
April – June
Candidates may register to audition. At the time of this writing, the next scheduled audition is Saturday, May 12, 2018 in New York City.
Wait list? If you miss the registration deadline, please submit the form for registration for the following trimester's audition. A BalletNext representative will confirm receipt of your registration. We look forward to seeing you in person.
$4,000 per trimester (discounts are available depending on payment schedule)
Start by completing your registration form, below.
“NextGeneration is about so much more than technique. It provides opportunities to collaborate with people who will push, press, explore, and expand the dancer's creative and professional potential... especially when it's hard,” continued Ms. Wiles. “We hope BalletNext can contribute to the movement toward a healthier, more-holistic future for dancers’ professional and personal lives.”
To be considered for the summer session, we must receive your audition application by May 10, 2018
Required items listed below may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
$35 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 May 12, 2018 in New York City
Photographs — a head shot and a full-body photograph
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)