DEFT | Edition 2024

DEFT is a cultural exchange project of advanced classical dance education.

It consists of the creation of a suite from a classical repertoire ballet (2022 – La Bayadère | 2023 – Don Quixote | 2024 Coppèlia), where the dance company will be composed by classically based students selected after audition.

The solo roles will be played by soloist dancers from The Royal Ballet based in London.

The choreographer and stage director will be Maestro Michele Vegis, former dancer by La Scala Ballet Company in Milan from 1998 to 2010 and  with the collaboration of the Maestra Renata Justino.

The selected students will partecipate full time for 9 days, to the choreoghraphic residency from 20 to 28 April 2024, by the ballet studio and the music studio of the Amintore Galli Theater in Rimini.

The last day will be dedicated to the general rehearsals and the performance on the stage of the Amintore Galli Theatre, open to the public, at 6PM on the 28 april 2024.

Entry for the 2024 DEFT project


All dance school students who have reached a level of preparation to support their daily work on point, can take part to the auditions. Minimum age 14 years old (born in 2010 or prior years).

Online auditions

Fee: 45€

Online auditions are reserved for students living outside Italy and it takes place selecting students by photos and videos.

The following is requested:

  • A photo in first position bras bas full body
  • A photo  in demi-plié with arms in second position full body
  • A photo  in linea di effacé devant full body
  • A photo in arabesque an l’air full body
  • A video of a variation of the candidate’s choice (stage costume not necessary).

Deadline for sending the above: 8 January 2024

Choreographic residence

Fee: 375€

The selected students will participate to the 9 days choreographic residence in Rimini which will take place from 20 to 28 April 2024.

The fee includes:

  • 9 days of full-time artistic training
  • Stage costume rental
  • General rehearsal
  • Show on the 28th april at 6PM by Amintore Galli Theatre in Rimini


Agreed hotels are available. A tutor service is offered for unaccompanied students with and added fee of 50€. All details will be provided after the auditions.

See more about accomodations for choregraphic residency