Variety Dance

The Metropolitan Opera will be auditioning DANCERS exceptionally versed in a variety of styles, including but not limited to ballet, character, contemporary, jazz, Flamenco, etc. for the 2024-25 season.  Auditions will be open to dancers who are members of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists, Inc.), AEA (Actor’s Equity Association), and non-union dancers. Dancers who attend any of these May and June auditions will be considered for revivals and invitations to new production auditions as listed under the 2024-25 New Production details.


Thursday, May 30th, 2024
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM*

Friday, May 31st, 2024
11:30 AM – 5:00 PM*

Requires pre-registration beginning Monday, May 6 at 11:00 AM.  Sign-up HERE


Tuesday, June 4th, 2024
11:30 AM – 4:30 PM*

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM*

Thursday, June 6th, 2024
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM*

Requires pre-registration beginning Monday, May 6 at 11:00am.  Sign-up HERE

*All stop times are approximate


Rehearsals will pay no less than $61.84/hour. Overtime rates are paid under some circumstances, as provided in The Met’s agreement with AGMA. Performances will pay no less than $221.81/performance performedor $221.81/performance covered. Performance extras are paid when appropriate based on casting, choreography, and staging. These roles will be hired as W2 employees.


  • These are in-person auditions only.
  • Dancers cast in any production and hired by the Met will be required to join AGMA. If you are an AGMA or AEA member, please bring your VALID membership card with you.
  • The audition will consist of ballet and contemporary styles. Please bring appropriate footwear.
  • For the In-House auditions, dancers may report directly to the Ballet Studio to sign-in. For all AGMA and Non-Union Calles, please enter the Metropolitan Opera House (Lincoln Center) through the Concourse doors into Founders’ Hall. Auditions will be held in the

[*All listed rehearsal and performance dates are subject to change]

Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Rehearsals: Aug 19 – Sep 20, 2024; and as needed.
Seven (7) Performances: Sep 24, 28 mat, Oct 1, 5 mat, 10, 13 mat, 18, 2024

  • Seeking: Ensemble dancers to portray men and women; strong ballet/contemporary technique, partnering skills and acting abilities required.

The Magic Flute -- Holiday
Rehearsals: Nov 7 – Dec 10, 2024; and as needed.
Seventeen (17) Performances: Dec 12, 13, 14 mat, 15 mat, 17, 18, 20, 21 mat, 24 mat, 26, 27, 28 mat, 28 eve, 29 mat, 2024; Jan 2, 3, 4 mat, 2025

  • Seeking: Ensemble dancers with puppetry skills; dancers may be required to lift heavy props.

Le Nozze di Figaro
Rehearsals: Mar 12 – Mar 28; Apr 21 – May 2 2025; and as needed.
Thirteen (13) Performances: Mar 31, Apr 5 mat, 8, 11, 13 mat, 18, 22, 26 mat, May 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 2025

  • Seeking: Ensemble dancers to portray men and women; partnering and acting experience required.

Queen of Spades
Rehearsals: Apr 21 – May 21, 2025; and as needed.
Five (5) Performances: May 23, 28, 31, Jun 4, 7 mat, 2025

  • Seeking: Ensemble dancers to portray men and women; strong ballet technique and partnering skills required.


Music: Jeanine Tesori
Director: Michael Mayer; Choreographer: David Neumann
INVITE-ONLY Audition Date: June 7, 2024 - Invited dancers will be notified no later than June 6th at 5:30PM
Rehearsals: Aug 12 – Sep 19, 2024; and as needed.
Eight (8) Performances: Sep 23, 27, Oct 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19 mat, 2024

  • Seeking dancers with strong modern dance experience to portray men; Airforce types, military aged men.

Music: Osvaldo Golijov
Director/Choreographer: Deborah Colker
OPEN (AGMA, AEA, Non-Union) Flamenco Audition May 15, 2024 [See Separate Audition notice for more information]
INVITE-ONLY Contemporary Audition May 16, 2024 [See Separate Audition notice for more information]
Rehearsals: Sep 3 – Oct 11, 2024; and as needed.
Nine (9) Performances: Oct 14, 19, 22, 25, 27 mat, 30, Nov 2 mat, 6, 9 mat, 2024

Flamenco Dancers

  • Seeking dancers well-versed in Flamenco vocabulary to portray men and women; strong acting abilities a plus; dancers will be expected to display fan skills and dancers seeking a woman’s role may be asked to demonstrate use of skirt (Bata de Cola).

Contemporary Dancers

  • Seeking dancers well versed in contemporary forms to portray men and women highly skilled in rhythmic/percussive phasing; strong, athletic movers; acting experience a must; dancers may be asked to climb and dance on raised set pieces.

Music: Giuseppi Verdi
Director: Michael Mayer; Choreographer: Oleg Glushkov
INVITE-ONLY Potential Audition: August 29 and 30, 2024
Rehearsals: Nov 14 – Dec 27, 2024; Feb 26 – Mar 10, 2025; Apr 17 – 25, 2025; and as needed.
Seventeen (17) Performances: Dec 31, 2024; Jan 4, 7, 10, 14, 18 mat, 21, 25 mat; Mar 14, 18, 22 mat, 26, 29; Apr 27 mat, May 1, 5, 9, 2025   

  • Seeking strong technical dancers with expressive upper bodies to portray women; dancers will perform with bare feet.
  • Seeking dancers to portray men; “Warriors”; athletic, contemporary movers with a strong technical base; dancers should be 5’6” and taller; experience with Haka a plus but not required; dancers will perform shirtless.

Antony and Cleopatra
Music: John Adams
Director: Elkhanah Pulitzer; Choreographer: Annie-B Parson
INVITE-ONLY Audition: November 6, 2024
Rehearsals: Mar 17 – May 9, 2025; and as needed.
Seven (7) Performances: May 12, 15, 20, 24 mat, 30, Jun 3, 7, 2025

  • Seeking dancers with training in the post-modern tradition to portray men; ability to learn and re-learn quickly; experience in large scale work that includes quick changes, and multiple movement tasks, from the highly theatrical to moving a prop with choreographic precision; dancers with interest in making material based on formal assignments and ability to be team players, help others, and be punctual and present.

Music: Richard Strauss
Director: Claus Guth; Choreographer: Sommer Ulrickson
INVITE-ONLY Potential Audition: October 17, 2024
Rehearsals: Mar 24 – Apr 25, 2025; and as needed.
Eight (8) Performances: Apr 29, May 2, 6, 10 mat, 13, 17 mat, 21, 24, 2025

  • 1 Dancer to portray a Woman + 1 Cover – Full Nudity required of this role
  • 2 Dancers to portray Young Women (ages 14 and 17) + 1 Cover
  • 9 Dancers to portray Men + 3 Covers; 1 Dancer will also act as the “Herod” Double

Women’s Roles: Dancers with strong ballet technique and acting skills.

Men’s Roles: Seeking athletic dancers versed in a variety of styles; partnering required; acting experience an asset; dancers will be required to perform wearing masks during the production.

The Metropolitan Opera is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and existing employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, citizenship status, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal law.

Gillian Smith
Director of Actors and Dancers

Linda Gelinas
Dance Co-Director

Michael Trusnovec
Dance Co-Director