Need to Know Information

What: Open Auditions for Baba Yaga  & The Nutcracker

Over 40 children ages 8 and up will be selected to fill many children’s roles, including Woodland Creatures, Mushrooms, and Goblins in Baba Yaga and Party Children, Cupcakes, Bakers, Mice, Rats, Soldiers, and Angels in The Nutcracker. 

When:  September 7 &  September 10, 2017 (see details below)

Auditions are in groups. Audition times are scheduled by dancer age and experience as noted below. The selective audition process takes approximately one and one half hours for each age group. Please plan on staying during the entire time of your group’s audition. Late arrivals will not be permitted to audition.

 Where: Neglia Conservatory of Ballet

Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main Street, 6th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14214

For More Information:

(716) 447-0401 or


Baba Yaga 

Performances:  Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:30 am & Saturday October 14, 2017 at 7 pm.

AUDITION: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ages 8-10: 4:30- 6:30 pm

 Ages 11-14: 6:30- 8:00pm

The Nutcracker 

Performances: Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7 pm & Sunday, November 26,2017 at 2 pm

AUDITION: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ages 8-10: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Ages 11-13: 12:45 – 2:45 pm

Ages 14 & up: 3:00 – 4:00 pm


Ages 10 to 13 Requirements: NO DANCE TRAINING REQUIRED

Ages 8 to 10 Requirements: NO DANCE TRAINING REQUIRED (must have turned 8 by July 31, 2017)


Ages 10 to 13 Requirements:  at least 3 years of dance training

Ages 8 to 10: Requirements: at least 2 years of dance training (must have turned 8 by July 31, 2017)


Girls auditioning for roles should wear a leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers and have hair in a bun. There is a girls’ changing area.

Boys should be dressed in dark tights, sweatpants or shorts, and t-shirt and black or white ballet slippers. There is a boys’ changing area.

All dancers must arrive at least 15 minutes before their audition call. There is a form to fill out. To save time, you may , complete it, and bring it with you. Auditions will start promptly at scheduled times. There is no monetary compensation or complimentary tickets whatsoever for these roles. All costumes must be returned to Neglia Ballet Artists at the end of the production as when issued.

Parents will not be allowed into the audition area at any time.

The Nutcracker will be performed on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

Baba Yaga will be performed on Friday, October 13 at 10:30 am and Saturday, October 14 at 7 pm


You will be emailed the results of the audition within a week of the audition. If your child is chosen for a role, you will be asked to look carefully at the rehearsal schedule and sign a contract stating your child’s commitment to the rehearsal times and performances.

Baba Yaga Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Baba Yaga will have rehearsals over Columbus day weekend (Friday 10/7 and Saturday 10/8) but not on Monday 10/9. Since rehearsals begin so quickly after auditions we anticipate having casting notices out by Tuesday, September 12, it is imperative that you respond immediately after reviewing the rest of the schedule so our staff can revise roles if necessary.

Nutcracker rehearsals will begin on October 20. The Nutcracker will have evening rehearsals Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day will have no rehearsals, and the Friday after Thanksgiving rehearsals will be in the evening.

Generally, rehearsals take place on weekends and after school hours. As the performance dates get closer, the rehearsals will get more frequent.  You must be committed to being at all rehearsals your role(s) are scheduled for.

Additional time slots will be scheduled during the rehearsal period for costume fittings. Fittings usually happen before or after a scheduled rehearsal.

Several of the Nutcracker roles have two casts. This means if your child is cast in a role she/he may perform in only one of the performances. We suggest that you hold off buying tickets until you are SURE which performance your child is performing in. We will do our best to let you know as soon as possible, but the process is fairly complicated. Please do NOT contact the studio regarding this matter- we will inform you when all roles are finalized.

Rehearsing for and performing in Neglia Ballet Artists productions is excellent training for  young dancers as they pursue their dance education, whether they’re students aiming to be a professional dancer, or children who enjoy being on stage. For either type of student, the experience is a rich and memorable one. Those participating in the performance have the unequaled experience of performing on the Shea’s stage.

Audition Forms

Forms will be available at the studio on the day of audition, but you can save time by downloading and completing forms ahead of time:

Baba Yaga Audition Form

Nutcracker Audition Form

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