Nutcracker Audition Info

Nutcracker Audition Form

Pre-registration required. Complete the form by Sept 1, 2021 to waive the audition fee. $20 audition fee thereafter

Open Auditions for The Nutcracker

Children ages 8 and up will be selected to fill 75 children’s roles, including Party Children, Cupcakes, Bakers, Mice, Rats, Soldiers, and Angels.

Held on Sunday, September 12, 2021

Auditions are in groups. Audition times are scheduled by dancer age and experience as noted below. The selective audition process takes approximately 90 minutes for each age group. Plan on staying during the entire time of your group’s audition. Late arrivals will not be permitted to audition.

 At Neglia Conservatory of Ballet

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

For More Information:

(716) 447-0401 or


Arrive 15 minutes before your time slot

Ages 8-10: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Ages 11-13: 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Ages 14+: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

No dance training required for BOYS


Ages 8 to 10: at least 2 years of dance training (must have turned 8 by August 31, 2021)

Ages 11+:  at least 3 years of dance training


Girls auditioning for roles should wear a leotard, pink tights, and ballet slippers and have hair in a bun. 

Boys should be dressed in dark tights, sweatpants or shorts, and white t-shirt, and black or white ballet slippers.

All dancers must arrive at least 15 minutes before their audition time.  Auditions will start promptly at scheduled times. There is no monetary compensation or complimentary tickets whatsoever for these roles. 

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

The Nutcracker will be performed on November 27 at 7:00 pm and November 28 at 1:00 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.

Rehearsals begin on September 25, 2021. Generally, rehearsals take place on weekends and evenings. 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 so your child may perform in only 1 of the 2 performances. We suggest that you wait to buy tickets until you are certain in which performance your child is performing. We will 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 professional dancers or children who just enjoy being on stage. Those participating in the Nutcracker have the unique experience of performing on the Shea’s stage with professional artists from around the world.

Nutcracker Audition Form

Pre-registration required. Complete the form by Sept 1, 2021 to waive the audition fee. $20 audition fee thereafter

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