ZDT is a project-based professional company that offers a unique career-oriented educational program for advanced preprofessional dancers. The company’s trainees are selected annually through an audition process to participate in a three-week integrated company experience every 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 an onsite Trainee Program Director.
The 2020/21 Trainees
San Jose, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Pittsburgh, PA/Escazu, Costa Rica
Mount Pleasant, SC
Chino Hills, CA
Surrey, British Columbia, CN
Summer 2021 Program Details
- 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 on the mainstage at the New Century Dance Project (NCDP) Festival
- Participating in the NCDP choreography and performance festival 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 14-19. 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
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 16. 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.*These dates are estimated – the start and end could deviate by a few days.
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