Professional Auditions

Professional Auditions

Company auditions for American Midwest Ballet are held in person, by invitation only, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA. Audition location will be the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S 6th St., Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

All auditionees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must wear a mask at all times while in the building.

The company performs a mix of classical and contemporary works by its artistic staff and a roster of renowned guests. A typical season includes three mainstage productions – a mixed-repertory program, The Nutcracker, and a full-length ballet – as well as touring throughout the region and beyond. Our beautiful new home at the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center offers state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance facilities. We also perform at the historic Orpheum Theater in Omaha.

The company offers paid contracts, worker’s compensation insurance, cash benefits, retirement benefits, pointe shoes, and physical therapy and chiropractic treatment.

American Midwest Ballet values diversity, and we welcome and encourage professionally trained dancers of all backgrounds to apply.

How to apply:

Auditions for professional dancers are by invitation. Interested dancers should email the following materials to

  • Current resumé
  • Head shot
  • Dance photo
  • Photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card (both sides)
  • 3 professional references (both email and phone number)
  • Short video consisting of:  Adagio in the center, traveling combination containing pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, petite allegro with battu jumps, grand allegro.  Ladies on pointe.  Men submit footage of partnering if you have it available on file. 
  • If possible, dancers may submit footage of themselves performing a classical variation (either rehearsal or performance footage)
  • Do not submit barre work

Video applications must be filmed in a dance studio or dance space, not your home, since we must ensure the proper conditions to view moving through space, safely dancing on pointe, etc.  If this requirement is not possible, please contact Matthew Lovegood ASAP at

After the artistic staff has reviewed the audition materials, selected dancers may be invited to Council Bluffs, IA (USA) for an in-person audition on either February 8 or March 18, 2022. Dancers who are invited to audition must be available on one of those two dates only – no exceptions.

Submission deadline #1: Friday, February 1, 2022.

Submission deadline #2: Friday, March 11, 2022.

For questions regarding auditions, contact Matthew Lovegood at

Travel planning notes

For dancers who have been invited to audition in person:

  • The closest full-service airport to the Hoff Center is Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA.)

Two suggestions for accommodations near the Hoff Center:

  • My Place Hotel- 2281 S. 35th St., Council Bluffs, IA 51501
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites- 520 30th Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51501