The Complexions Contemporary Ballet Academy Trainee Program is designed for highly dedicated dance artists to transform from pre-professionals into professional artists aspiring to become members of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and join other leading contemporary ballet companies worldwide.

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This inaugural training program is an in-person two-week intensive training session which includes:

  • Taking daily ballet and/or NIQUE classes with Complexions company members taught by Complexions rehearsal director, ballet master, and/or Co-Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson;

  • Learning Complexions repertory and receiving personal attention through technique critiques, coaching, and artistic development with current and former Complexions company members; 

  • Participating in creation rehearsals with Co-Artistic Directors D. Rhoden and D. Richardson.


  • Trainees might be selected to understudy and/or perform with Complexions Contemporary Ballet in its 2022 Summer touring season.

  • The program will also serve as a platform for Complexions Company Apprentice invitations. 


BY INVITATION ONLY. Dancers 16 years and up.

The CCBA Trainee Program is by invitation only from the CCB Co-Artistic Directors, CCB Academy Director or designated representatives.

To be eligible for a Trainee invitation, dance artists must be at least 16 years old and demonstrate a level of proficiency in one of our CBB Academy intensives. Dance artists may also be eligible by invitation through Universal Ballet Competition, Revive,  Adrenaline and National Honors Dance Conventions (restrictions apply).

Please note: If you are invited to the Trainee Program 2022 this is an invitation to work directly with Complexions company members, Complexions rehearsal director and ballet master, and/or Co-Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. This is not a year-round program and there is no guarantee for an invitation to participate in the Summer touring season. This is not an Apprentice position with Complexions Contemporary Ballet.


DATES: May 9 - 20, 2022 

You must be available from May 9 through July 1, 2022, in case you are invited to participate in the 2022 Summer touring season.


SCHEDULE: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  

Monday - Saturday. Schedule will vary according to specific company rehearsal needs.

LOCATION: New York City


Trainee Program Cost: $0*

*You will be responsible for your own travel costs, accommodations, and living expenses while in NYC during the Trainee Program. If you are invited to perform with the company outside of NYC, CCB will cover your travel and accommodation costs. Salary or stipends are not available for any performances for Trainees.


  • Proof of full Covid vaccinations and booster

  • Weekly negative PCR test,; daily Rapid test may apply

  • Mask wearing at all times

  • Valid passport with expiration date after January 2023

  • If underaged, parents consent to participate in the program and on tour if applicable. 

  • Participants will be required to maintain health protocols provided by CCBA as a general practice while in class, dressing rooms and on stage. 


Program communication will occur via e-mail. Please add  to your contacts.