June 19-30 | Ages 18+
An immersive, career-building program that places rising professional dancers in an intimate studio experience with distinguished choreographers and seasoned artistic staff.
Artists in today’s dance world must be more than just technicians. Beyond demonstrating skilled technique, dancers are frequently expected to contribute thoughtfully to a choreographic process, transition seamlessly between varied styles of repertoire, and possess strong partnering ability. Dancers can face challenges getting hired if they lack the business skills to communicate professionally with artistic directors, or create supporting application materials that best demonstrate their artistic strengths. In ChoreoLaB, hone both artistic skills and professional excellence through a holistic program that produces in-demand dancers ready to advance their careers. Collaborate with distinguished choreographers and seasoned artistic staff in an intimate two-week studio experience at Ballet Hispánico, receiving constructive feedback and guidance along the way.
- Classes in ballet, contemporary, improvisation, partnering, and Ballet Hispánico’s Latin-fusion contemporary
- Work in a choreographic process with renowned guest choreographers formerly of Batsheva, Ballet Frankfurt, Nederlands Dans Theater & Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
- Learn excerpts of Ballet Hispánico’s repertory from Company Dancers & Artistic Staff including works by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro
- Forums and Q&A sessions with the Company Dancers and Artistic Staff regarding auditioning, professional communication skills, and other tricks of the trade.
- Participate in an open call audition for the Ballet Hispánico Company and receive feedback from the Artistic Staff once the audition concludes.
Note that Ballet Hispánico is unable to provide housing for ChoreoLab students.
Fees Mario Zambrano
Guest ChoreographerEddy Ocampo
Guest ChoreographerTaryn Russell
Audition in NYC
Audition for ChoreoLaB in New York City by taking a Company class with the Ballet Hispánico Company. Company class is held Monday through Friday at 10 am during the following weeks, unless otherwise noted:
Week of April 10: M-F, 10am
Week of April 18: M-F, no class scheduled
Week of April 25: M-F, no class scheduled
Week of May 2: M-F, no class scheduled
Schedule subject to change.
All classes are 1 hour and 15 min long.
1. Register HERE to sign up for a company class, with a $20 class fee. (You will be prompted to create a MindBody account with Ballet Hispánico.)
2. Email Kiri Avelar, Associate School Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm audition date. Please put “ChoreoLaB Audition” in subject line. Applicants will not be observed unless they have sent an email confirming their class audition date at least 48 hours in advance.
3. Bring the following items with you to the audition or email with audition confirmation (see above):
Ballet Hispánico at the Arnhold Center
167 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024
For all auditions below, please bring:
- audition form
- $20 audition fee, cash only
- Audition format:
- Ballet class, followed with Ballet Hispánico repertory.
- Please bring ballet shoes and socks/bare feet.
Check back here for more details about the below auditions.
February 17 - Los Angeles, CA
View audition flyer HERE.
10 am to 1 pm
Registration: 10-10:30 am
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90032
February 25 - Chicago, IL
View audition flyer HERE.
11 am to 2 pm
Registration: 11-11:30 am
The Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center- Ballroom Studio
10 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
March 4 - Houston, TX
View audition flyer HERE.
12:30 to 3:30 pm
Registration: 12:30-1 pm in Studio 260
Sam Houston State University
James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center
815 17th Street
Huntsville, TX 77340
Video AuditionsUpdated on 4/5/2017
To audition via video, submit a Video Application. Instructions and Video Application may be downloaded HERE. Video applications accepted through May 1, 2017.
Tuition for the two-week program is $1,395.
Audition and register early and save!
Before March 15: $1,195
Before April 15: $1,295
A native of Houston, TX, Mario Alberto Zambrano attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the age of 17. He subsequently danced for Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, and Batsheva Dance Company before retiring as a dancer after a 13-year-long career. Mr. Zambrano’s dance accolades include a 1994 Presidential Scholar Award where he performed at The White House for President Bill Clinton, and a 1995 Princess Grace Award Fellowship.
MARIO ALBERTO ZAMBRANO
Moving on to a literary career, he graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as an Iowa Arts Fellow, where he also received a John C. Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. Loteria, his first novel, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer pick for Fall 2013, He has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Hawthornden Castle in Scotland.
He is currently working on a new novel and working as a Lecturer in the Theater, Dance and Media concentration at Harvard University where he will be teaching GAGA and Developing a Novel into a Dance.
Check back soon for announcements on more guest artists participating in ChoreoLaB!