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TIDC AUDITIONS

We are looking for…

Individuals who value relationships with depth and are driven to make art with meaning; who want to use their talents for the betterment of others; who share in the Company’s vision to celebrate Irish dancing through a performing arts lens.

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We still have room for ONE unique dancer for our 2018 Japan summer tour as well as dancers for future touring.

**Auditions for our Japan tour will be considered through January 30th! Auditions for opportunities beyond this summer can be submitted at anytime throughout the spring.**

We are looking for versatile dancers who aspire to realize their potential as great part-time performing artists. We hope to work with passionate individuals who elevate the people around them. Experience with other dance forms, a background in theater, leadership, humor and a strong sense of commitment, are experiences and qualities that matter far more to us than competitive achievements.

That said, many of our company members only have competitive Irish dance experience. Some struggled to make it onto regional podiums and some have won world titles. In short, we are looking for a diverse group of people with strong character and passion.  Most importantly, we’re looking for individuals who value relationships with depth; who want to use their talents for the betterment of others; who share in the Company’s vision to celebrate Irish dance through a performing arts lens.

If you want to create and perform art with meaning, do minimal touring, stay in top dancing shape and make lifelong friends … all while making school or your full time job a priority, you may be interested in the Trinity Irish Dance Company! If you’ve auditioned in the past, please do not hesitate to do so again!

Dancers age 17-30: We are looking to cast male and female dancers of high school senior, college or post-college age for a 2018 summer tour of Japan and beyond, including 2018 spring/fall/winter weekend dates.

Dancers age 14-17: We would like to meet and start dialogues with high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors along with their parents about potentially attending college in Chicago or Milwaukee to join the TIDC mission.

WHAT IS TIDC?

The Chicago/Milwaukee based Trinity Irish Dance Company emerged in the early 90’s to great critical acclaim. Our work has been celebrated in distinguished performing arts venues, from the Chicago Theater and Washington’s Kennedy Center, to New York’s Joyce Theater and Tokyo’s Orchard Hall.

Not to be confused with the competitive school, Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, the Trinity Irish Dance Company is an independent, nonprofit professional repertory company that exists as a forum for dancers to explore the endless potential of Irish dance, connect with other passionate artists, utilize dance as their voice in greater social conversations, engage with communities around the world and create important new work. TIDC’s style is progressive, without losing touch with tradition and entertaining, while putting a premium on integrity. Alumni have come from a wide range of Irish dance schools across North America, Canada and Europe.  

We recently signed with one of the world’s top artist management companies, Selby Artist Management out of New York City. A development that will be taking us to new heights!

AUDITION FORM

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Irish dance experience (required):

Theater/Performance/Other dance experience (required):

Would you consider attending a college/university or accepting a job in the Chicago/ Milwaukee area or within a couple of hours driving distance? (required):

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Link to audition video. Youtube links work best. 32 bars of soft-shoe, hard-shoe, and a treble reel. (if unable to attend on-site auditions):

Link to additional video. Youtube links work best. What makes you an artist? (if unable to attend onsite auditions) :

Photo by Todd Rosenberg. TIDC member Maggie Doyle sound checks for the Chicago Dancing Festival at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park.

WHAT WE DO

Tour: A typical season for us involves monthly rehearsals, four weekend run-outs spread over the winter and spring, and a two to three week summer tour abroad. We try to book a couple of exotic/fun destinations, as well as a few in the Midwest. Our minimal touring schedule makes it possible to balance being a TIDC member with being a full-time student or having a full-time job.

Create: TIDC members are immersed in the creative process and play a large role in choreographing new works each year under the direction of artistic director Mark Howard. One of the reasons most of us live or go to school in Chicago/Milwaukee is so that we can be part of a weekly creative rehearsal.  

We occasionally invite renowned guest choreographers from various disciplines to collaborate with us. We’ve worked with choreographer and former Irish dancer Colin Dunne (Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Out of Time), as well as Michael Donnellan and Michael Gardiner (Fusion Fighters). Michael Gardiner has since joined TIDC as a cast member. Several Company members ventured to Longford, Ireland this past summer to work with Irish-born, Berlin-based Marguerite Donlon. Marguerite is a renowned contemporary choreographer having created work for the Stuttgart Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Bolshoi Ballet.  

Engage: Company members use TIDC as an effective platform to engage in social conversations. A crucial part of our mission is empowering females. Since its inception, TIDC has celebrated the strength, poise and resilience of young female artists, consistently presenting males and females on equal footing. Through intentional casting, choreography and costumes, we utilize our artistic platform to call attention to the objectification of women that sometimes permeates commercial Irish dance shows. As part of that  mission, we’ve recently launched the #WeForSheTIDC movement. Check out our #WeForSheTIDC photo series here.