The Ballet Rincon Performance Ensemble is an intense, supplemental program that gives serious students further advance training in the classical ballet and concert dance through extended and focused training hours in both technique and repertoire. This experience gives aspiring dancers the opportunity to be a part of an elite performing organization, accommodating the aspirations of the most committed dancers. Furthermore, members of the Performance Ensemble, individually and collectively, serve as ambassadors for Ballet Rincon, and as advocates for dance and the arts in the greater city of Tucson.
Performance Ensemble members are held to the highest artistic, technical, physical fitness, and leadership standards.
Within Ballet Rincon’s annual productions, Performance Ensemble dancers are featured as lead performers, fulfilling the roles of principal, soloist, demi-soloists, and corphyées. The Performance Ensemble also serves as the backbone of the corps de ballet. The Performance Ensemble is regularly invited to perform at community events throughout greater Tucson. Past performances have included the Tucson Museum of Art’s Annual Crush Gala Fundraiser, the Confucius Institute at The University of Arizona’s Chinese New Year Celebration, Vail Pride, the Tucson Festival of Books, Art in the Park, and the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase Invitational Concert.
In addition to a robust performance schedule, the ensemble program allows young dancers to explore other avenues essential to the dance arts. These include teaching, production, and community outreach. Ballet Rincon Performance Ensemble members are eligible for induction into the National Honor Society of Dance Arts in their senior year of High School.
There are three leveled divisions of ensemble membership: Junior, Senior, and Principal. Each is by audition only. Auditions are held at the beginning of each academic year, and contracts run from August through to the following June. Additional fees apply for accepted and contracted Performance Ensemble Dancers.