TRAINEE PROGRAM

The Trainee Program provides aspiring young adult dancers affordable, high quality training, along with performance opportunities, in order to facilitate a smooth transition between dance education, and a professional career in dance.

  • What

    What the program offers:

    • Continued dance education from the highest quality faculty, all with professional performance experience.

    • Dancers train alongside the professional dancers of The Big Muddy Dance Company.

    • Convergence trainees have dedicated rehearsals to prepare original and company repertoire as well as supplementary classes in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Feldenkrais, Yoga, and other movement and artistic disciplines.

    • Affordable class prices for the young adult dancer.

    • Trainees may have the opportunity to rehearse with The Big Muddy Dance Company. This may include opportunities to perform with the company. (subject to Artistic Director approval)

    • Dancers will have the opportunity to perform at venues and festivals throughout St. Louis.

    Weekly Class & Rehearsal Schedule
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Ballet Technique
    9:30-11:00
    Ballet Technique
    9:30-11:00
    Ballet Technique
    9:30-11:00
    Ballet Technique
    9:30-11:00
    Ballet Technique
    9:30-11:00
    Contemporary
    9:30-11:00
    Jazz
    9:30-11:00
    Company
    Rehearsal*
    11:30-2:30
    Company
    Rehearsal*
    11:30-2:30
    Company
    Rehearsal*
    11:30-2:30
    Company
    Rehearsal*
    11:30-2:30
    Company
    Rehearsal*
    11:30-2:30
    Convergence
    Rehearsal/Class
    11:30-1:30
    Convergence
    Rehearsal/Class
    11:30-1:30
    Convergence
    Rehearsal/Class
    11:30-1:30
    Convergence
    Rehearsal/Class
    11:30-1:30

    *Trainee attendance in company rehearsals is by invitation, and subject to approval by the Artistic Director and/or guest choreographer.

  • When
    Dates & Tuition

    The Convergence program runs concurrently with the company’s season which starts mid August and goes through May.

    Tuition for the Convergence Trainee Program is $2,500 and includes all classes, rehearsals, costumes, and performance fees.

  • How

    Admittance into the program is by audition only. Please see our Auditions page for more information on upcoming open auditions. Or contact Dustin Crumbaugh at dcrumbaugh@thebigmuddydanceco.org to schedule an audition.

2019-2020 SEASON TRAINEES

Carly Jerstad
Kami Miller
Mikayla Fields
Katherine Kennedy
Emily Haussler
Caitlin Hopkins
Ariel Seyedin
Marcela Gómez Lugo
Hannah Bialecki
Raegan Huth
McKenzie Beaverson