Boston Ballet II is the second company of Boston Ballet. The two-year program bridges the gap between a dancer's formal training and their professional career. BBII's focus is on developing strong, technical artists who have the skills to thrive in a world-renowned company. The group of nine to twelve dancers performs extensively with the main company at the Boston Opera House in addition to their own touring engagements throughout the Greater Boston community.
Each season BBII performs a repertoire of works selected specifically for them featuring classical, neo-classical and contemporary ballets. This repertoire matches the company aesthetic, allows for more focused coaching, and provides performance opportunities for BBII dancers to take the spotlight. BBII often has the opportunity to work with choreographers on works commissioned especially for the group.
Ideal candidates for Boston Ballet II are graduates of professional ballet schools looking to continue their artistic growth under the mentorship of a professional ballet company. BBII dancers are generally between the ages of 16-21.
BBII dancers benefit from a range of classes alternating between full-company, men's, women's, and BBII-only, all taught by Boston Ballet's Artistic Staff and Boston Ballet School faculty. Based upon their scheduling, BBII dancers are expected to attend classes offered by Boston Ballet School's Trainee Program - pas de deux, men's class, variations, pointe, etc. - to expand upon their technique and broaden their fundamental skills.
BBII members are compensated and receive full health and dental benefits and a shoe allowance for performance purposes. They also have full access to health and well-being services, including pilates and gyrotonic training as well as care provided by the company's full-time physical therapy staff.
Currently, 35% of Boston Ballet company dancers are BBII alumni. Additionally, BBII members have gone on to professional dance careers in a myriad of other American and international companies, including The Royal Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Alberta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
Auditions for BBII and company are held several times each season. Please see the audition page for information on upcoming auditions.
For booking inquiries or information see Boston Ballet II Touring.