Benicia Ballet Theatre FAQ's
Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between BBT and Benicia Ballet, Inc.
Who do I contact to sign up for performances?
This year we will be sending out a Sign Up Genius form for audition times to sign up for the winter performance. If it’s not possible for your dancer to attend, or if the audition has already passed, contact Jacquelyn Zilka at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and let her know that your dancer would like to participate and complete the online registration. Pre-Ballet and Primary A/B dancers are not required to audition.
My dancer is nervous about auditioning. What should he/she expect at the audition?
Everyone can participate in the performance regardless of experience. Dancers in pre-ballet and primary A/B do not need to attend the audition. Notify Teresa Taylor or Jacquelyn Zilka that your dancer wants to participate and complete the online registration. Auditions for dancers are about giving students the experience of an audition in a comfortable setting to help build their confidence. Dancers may want to state their name, what grade they are in, or how long they’ve been dancing. We hope they will become more and more confident with each audition, so by the time they are in levels 5 and above, they will feel comfortable auditioning for solo roles and auditioning for summer intensives at other programs with dancers and faculty they don’t know. Every year, dancers can audition for ballerina doll, tarantella doll, sugar plum fairy, and partnering. Auditions for the other dances (Arabian princess, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, etc.) are dependent on the faculty and choreography available the day of the audition, so it’s not always known in advance, and that is why the roles available for audition vary year to year.
When will the cast list and rehearsal schedule be available?
Casting is a very complex process, and it takes time. We know your dancers are anxious for their roles, and we try to get them out as soon as possible. Typically, the cast list is released one to two weeks after the audition. It will be available in September.
When will rehearsals take place?
In general, rehearsals take place on Saturday afternoons, and this year, any additional rehearsing will take place at home. Roles and casts will be announced, and a rehearsal schedule will follow soon after. Your dancer’s rehearsal times will be dependent on their roles. Company dancers may have Friday evening rehearsals. There may be some other week night rehearsals, but typically this is only for company dancers and solo roles. We try to schedule the rehearsals for younger dancers earlier in the afternoon and assign the later time slots that go into the evening to the older dancer roles.