Stay tuned for our 

2021 auditions

ADT provides performance and creation experiences
for youth in Grades 2-12!

Our 40th Anniversary Season is underway!

We've gathered 20 youth company members from dance studios across Calgary to create alongside professional artists these past 9 weeks.  

Each spring, Alberta Dance Theatre holds open call placement auditions inviting dancers from around the city of Calgary to join the company. ADT welcomes dancers of all experience levels and uses the auditions as a way to place the ancers in the appropriate performance group.
If you have any questions about whether it's the right time for your young dancer to join Alberta Dance Theatre, please contact us! We'll help you understand what to expect!
We ask that dancer's continue weekly classes at their dance studio while participating in the ADT season. We are a fantastic performance opportunity but not a training program. If you are not currently enrolled at a dance studio we are happy to share where our company members train!
The Process
ADT rehearsals generally start the second week of September and run Sundays 10:30am – 4pm with limited additional Saturday rehearsals 4:00-6:00pm. 
During show week, youth artists are  required every evening and they will miss some school (for field trip shows).  Show week is generally the last week of November or the first week of December (subject to change).
During our 11 to 12 week process, ADT youth artists participate in our annual Weekend Intensive. The Weekend Intensive is an out-of-town weekend away with the company where youth artists create and dance in an inspiring environment. The Weekend Intensive usually occurs Friday through Sunday the week following Thanksgiving. The Weekend Intensive is included in ADT fees. 
*Our out-of-town Weekend Intensive is cancelled for our Fall 2020 Season.
ADT membership benefits
  • Creating and rehearsing dances under the direction of professional choreographers
  • Show week in a professional venue with professional technical crew
  • Professionally designed original music and lighting design
  • 4-8 performance opportunities
  • Weekend Intensive - all inclusive
Our sleep away weekend intensive is
cancelled for our Fall 2020 season.
  • 2 off-season workshops
  • Show t-shirt, show video link, cast photo
  • Graduating dancers receive a featured moment in the production and a reference letter 
  • High school dancers have the opportunity to mentor younger dancers
  • ALL performance costumes included (all costumes will remain property of ADT)
  • Cast Party (additional meals for family will be made available for a small fee)
Parent Commitment
Parents are part of a successful ADT season and can also be proud of the work created! Parents are required to serve on a Committee and attend all meetings designated by the Committee Head. Typically parents commit to 40-60 volunteer hours over the season. Parents produce props and costumes, and also organize cast events, and fundraising. This enables ADT to produce a high caliber production, while keeping costs down. Please note, 2 – 3 backstage shifts are required as part of the overall parent commitment, which is a great time to see behind the scenes, make close connections with fellow ADT families, and work alongside your child.  
ADT is a non-profit organization. ADT receives funding from government funding bodies, private donors, corporate sponsors, fundraising, and membership fees. Member fees cover 1/3 of the cost associated with the ADT experience. 
Member Fee: $550 / youth artist   
  • $350 nonrefundable deposit due June 30, 2020 or at time of registration
  • $200 due September 13, 2020 (First Rehearsal) 
  • Families can also choose to fundraise their tuition.
Fundraiser requirement:   $300 / performer
  • A fundraiser buy-out option is available if families prefer not to participate in fundraising.
  • Fundraising happens throughout the season through several fundraising initiatives.
Scholarship Applications for our
2020 - 2021 Season are now open.

ADT Parent

ADT fuelled [our children's] passion for dance, helped them build amazing friendships and allowed them to learn valuable lessons in dance and life ... Moreover, these kids are not merely dancers, they quickly become friends who feel more like family. 

I've never received a scholarship before but getting one made me feel really validated and seen, and I'm so glad that I got one because it meant that I could be a part of this amazing company for another year.

ADT Scholarship Recipient

Krista White

ADT Alumni & Artist

The fact that my ideas were heard and taken on board felt so powerful and so amazing. I really enjoyed being a part of that process ... [ADT] taught me just how much I love dance and how much I wanted it to be part of my life going forwards and just to have confidence in myself. Those are really important lessons.

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