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Auditions for Ballet Bartkowski

Posted on June 4, 2014


bartkowskiBased in Croix, near Lille, Ballet Bartkowski is a new professional company for high-level ballet students aged 18 to 23. Founded by Heidi and Waldemar Bartkowski, the new company will train committed and talented students who aspire to a professional dance career. The company opens in September 2014, and is holding auditions on June 22.

Both Heidi and Waldemar Bartkowski had international dance careers before settling in Lille and founding their own dance school in 2007. They now want to share their experience with the next generation of professional dancers. “Young dancers face an incredibly tough challenge to make it onto the professional scene,” Waldemar explains. “We want to develop each of our students technical and artistic talents to their full potential, whilst giving them the stage experience they need to secure their first engagement. It is the vision of Ballet Bartkowski to develop the future generation of dance artists.”

Heidi Bartkowski says: “Along with daily lessons in classical technique, students will follow a variety of workshops to learn and develop different styles. This is crucial to help them respond to the varying demands of choreographers and company directors. Performing is a major part of Ballet Bartkowski Professional Company Training Programme. The dancers will have the opportunity to perform original works, with performances in France and abroad.”

Auditions for Ballet Bartkowski’s one- to three-year professional programme will be held on Sunday, June 22 at Pineapple Dance Studios in London. For further audition dates, an application form and further details of the course, see



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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