Dancer Development


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…


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
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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