YOUTH AUDITIONS

For young dancers looking to audition

Overview

View the listings below to check what performances we are currently holding youth auditions for.

THE NUTCRACKER

OPEN AUDITION | September 2023 date TBA

Pre-registration required. Complete the form by July 31, 2023 to waive the audition fee. $20 audition fee thereafter

Children will be selected to fill 75 children’s roles, including Mice, Angels, Party Children, Cupcakes, Bakers, Soldiers and Rats. Auditions are in groups. Audition times are scheduled by 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. Some children will be asked to also audition with the next level. Late arrivals will not be permitted to audition.

REQUIREMENTS

All children must have turned 8 by August 31, 2023

Girls ages 8-10: at least 2 years of dance training for roles of Mice & Angels

Boys ages 8-10: no dance training required for roles of Mice & Soldiers

Girls ages 11-13: at least 3 years of dance training for roles of Party Girls, Soldiers, Cupcakes, Bakers

Boys ages 11-13: some dance training required for roles of Party Boys, Soldiers, Bakers

Girls & Boys ages 14+: some dance training required for role of Rats

GENERAL INFORMATION

Dress Code: 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 at Shea’s in December 2023: Dec 2 at 7:00 pm and Dec 3 at 1:00 pm.

IMPORTANT

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 in October. 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 including dress rehearsal during the day at Shea’s on Friday December 1.

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. 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 Shea’s stage with professional artists from around the world.

Date & Time - subject to change

Arrive 15 minutes before your time slot

Ages 8-10: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ages 11-13: 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Ages 14+: 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Location

Neglia Conservatory of Ballet
Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main Street
6th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14214

For more information:
(716) 447-0401
info@negliaballet.org