The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Académie will hold auditions for third graders entering the 2020-2021 academic year, on June 27 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only and must be made by June 24 at 5 p.m. No prior dance training or academic achievement level is required for students seeking admittance to the third grade. Auditions are open to all children in the community, and selection is made solely on the child’s ballet potential.
Perspective students will audition in 20-minute intervals at the NFB studios located in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Dancers will be taken in by groups of 10 for auditions and will be spaced accordingly upon entering the studio and for the duration of the appointment. Students will begin the process by checking in outside of the main doors where they must wait until they are called. Parents must remain outside, as the NFB lobby will be closed.
Dancers will be required to sanitize their hands and have their temperature taken upon entering the building, and staff will wear masks and gloves. After each group finishes, dancers will be escorted back outside to their parents. If the dancer or anyone in the same household is experiencing any COVID-19 related-symptoms, alternate options will be made available.
The NFB Académie is a free, nationally acclaimed integrated arts and academic program for third through eighth-grade boys and girls who demonstrate the potential to excel in dance. Académie students receive concentrated instruction in ballet as a part of their overall academic and artistic education. Certified elementary and middle school teachers under the direction of the Okaloosa County School District supervise the educational program. French, art and music are taught weekly.
Celebrating its milestone fiftieth anniversary, the Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) is a regionally recognized semi-professional ballet company and school committed to excellence in its training programs and the professional artistry of its productions. The organization’s educational endeavors also epitomize excellence with the nationally acclaimed Académie, an integrated arts and education program for students in third through eighth-grade. Additionally, NFB operates the dance intensive Pre-Professional Program for ninth through twelfth-grade students preparing for a career in dance. The NFB is led by Artistic Director and CEO Todd Eric Allen, an area native. The organization is funded in part by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.