About TBII

Tulsa Ballet II is the official Pre-Professional Ensemble of Tulsa Ballet Theatre. TBII was designed to provide a bridge between the student phase of an aspiring classical ballet dancer and the professional career. TBII dancers receive a monthly stipend to help offset living expenses.

Through a national audition search, the most talented and committed young men and women have been invited to Tulsa to refine their artistic and technical skills by working with the upper levels of our school and the professional company. Tulsa Ballet II is a paid training program that offers its members performance opportunities throughout the year, including TBII’s Mini-Season, Backstage at the Ballet, touring, as well as the possibility to perform with Tulsa Ballet at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

Connect With TBII

TBII tours regionally with a mixed bill program. Contact us for info. You can also keep up with TBII on their Facebook page or YouTube page. For information on individual TBII members, visit our Dancers page.


Every dancer that would like to audition for TBII should have the following skills:

Classical Technique

  • Dancers need to be able to execute every dance step in the classical repertory or, at the minimum, have knowledge of those steps to be able to perfect them during the 1st year in TBII.
  • Ladies: pointe work should be strong and accurate, with the goal of be able to do a classical variation, solo or partnered.
  • Gentlemen: should have a strong classical technique, specifically in jumps and turns required in classical variations, as well as partnering skills such as: pirouettes, promenade in different positions and some lifting (shoulder sit, etc.).

Overall, we are looking for young dancers with strong technical skills, with a good work ethic, and with the ability to adapt and change for the different styles of the classical repertory. A working knowledge of contemporary dance or an introduction to the contemporary styles is helpful, but is not required.

Dancers who are interested in TBII need to submit an audition DVD along with their resume to be considered for an in-person audition class at Tulsa Ballet. You may also attend the audition class at any of the locations for the Pointe to the Future audition tour. Those wanting to audition during the Pointe to the Future tour can find the audition locations, dates, and times on the Summer Programs page.

You will need to bring with you a completed TBII Audition Request Form, headshot and DVD (with classwork and classical/contemporary variations). All video links and DVD’s should be clearly labeled and emailed or postmarked no later than April 1st.

Please send to:
Colleen Lahti/TBII Manager
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK 74105

Or email to colleen.lahti@tulsaballet.org. Make sure to include a headshot and your resume with your video. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the season to be considered for TBII.

Please contact Colleen Lahti at colleen.lahti@tulsaballet.org or (918) 749-6030 ext. 278 for further information.