ZDT is a project-based professional company that offers a unique career-oriented educational program for advanced pre-professional dancers. The company’s trainees are selected annually through an audition process to participate in a three-week integrated company experience during the summer, culminating in a performance at the New Century Dance Project Festival. Through this uniquely curated experience, dancers discover a stronger sense of self, and develop an understanding of the distinct philosophy and approach of ZDT. Vitally, this intimate program inspires a greater connection to the dance world within each young artist’s professional journey.

Dancers selected to be Zeitgeist Trainees are offered an immersive company experience encompassing both training and performance designed to play a significant role in their preparation for a future professional performance career. The trainee’s schedule will run separate and parallel to that of the professional dancers and apprentices during the same period of time in Summer 2021. There will be designated opportunities for trainees to participate in some of the professional company classes and other company activities. Notably, ZDT artistic directors will be working with all dancers – professionals, apprentices and trainees - to create a cohesive team experience and environment. Trainees will also benefit from additional support of the professional ZDT company dancers.

The Summer 2021 Trainees

Austin, TX Residency

Sydney Alie

Aurora, CO

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Steps on Broadway

Katie Baik

San Jose, CA


Bay Area Dance School/

Stanford University (Fall 2021)

Stephanie Bell

Miami, FL

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New World School of the Arts/Armour Dance Theatre

Claire Brown

Asheville, NC

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Center Stage Dance Studio

Meredith Brown

Asheville, NC

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Fordham University BFA/

Training at the Ailey School

Eduardo Jimenez Cabrera

Cartago, Costa Rica

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The University of the Arts BFA Program

Keagan Capps

Moore, OK


The Pointe PAC

Macy A Deppe

Orange, CA

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Chapman University BFA Program

Ellery Donlon

Chandler, AZ

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Arizona School for the Arts

Zuzu Duchon

Mill Valley, CA

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Performing Arts Academy of Marin

Marissa Furfaro

Pittsburgh, PA

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Thomas Dance Studio/SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance (Fall 2021)

Kaprice Janae Glen

Chino Hills, CA

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Yorba Linda Academy of Ballet/Orange County School of the Arts/Butler University (Fall 2021)

Georgia Greene

Kings Mountain, NC

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Stars Dance Company

Myah Haberstro

Deland, FL

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Ballet Conservatory at Skyra

Addison Hill

Valencia, CA

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LA County High School of the Arts/Shooting Stars Dance Studio

Brooke Judge

Gilbert, AZ

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Club Dance Pre Professional Company

Jasmine Jade Klenotich

Charlotte, NC

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United Ballet Theatre Trainee/Ballet Tutor Chiaki Yasukawa

Isabella Lynch

San Diego, CA

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Courtney McColley

Dallas, TX

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Booker T. Washington HSPVA/The Dallas Conservatory/Southern Methodist University (Fall 2021)

Laura Mendes

New York, NY

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Joffrey Ballet School BFA Pre-Professional Program

Anastasia Miller

The Woodlands, TX


The University of Arizona BFA Program

Kiley Nomura

Honolulu, HI

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Punahou Dance School

Chloe Ohira

Beaverton, OR


Arts and Communication Magnet Academy/Elevate Dance Academy

Georgia Robinson

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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YYC Dance Project/ Alberta Ballet School

Larissa Souki

Miami, FL

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New World School of the Arts/Armour Dance Theatre

Alexander Thomas

Greenacres, FL


Dreyfoos School of the Arts/That's Dancing/USC Kaufman School of Dance (Fall 2021)

Aidan Ward

Sacramento, CA

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Training Independently with Private Instruction/The New School (Fall 2021)

Shana Winer

Miami, FL

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Miami Dance Collective

Summer 2021 Program Details

July 26 - August 15

Austin, TX


  • A daily schedule that will include company classes every morning

  • Learning choreography rep in the afternoon/evening

  • Seminars on career and professional dance topics

  • Mentor relationships with the artistic directors and educational director

  • Performing at the New Century Dance Project (NCDP) Festival Works-in-Progress show

  • Participating in the NCDP choreography and performance intensive during the third week

  • Acquisition of skills and experience for college admission and/or professional company auditions

  • Learning the pace, structure and flow of professional company life through an extended immersion


Ages 14-21. At least three years of classical ballet training, modern, and contemporary, with cross-training in other styles preferred. Strong interest in pursuing a professional performance career required. Curiosity and interest in applying and integrating diverse styles of dance and other art forms desired.

Tuition / Room & Board

$1695 Tuition

$80/Night Lodging (estimated)

ZDT provides two dinners, breakfast is provided by hotel. All other meals are the responsibility of Trainees


A limited amount of full and partial scholarship assistance will be offered to trainees with the highest amount of demonstrated financial need. Awards will be made after offers have been extended and before dancers need to make a commitment to accept.


Dancers must be initially available and willing to commit to rehearsals and performances from July 25 - August 15. The first two weeks will be spent living and learning in classes, workshops and rehearsals. Following these two weeks, Trainees will join the professional company members for a week at the New Century Dance Project Festival culminating in a theatre performance.

For more information, please email info@zeitgeistdancetheatre.org

The 2022 Summer Trainee Program

Auditions schedule and program details will be posted here by November 1.