Student Dancers Share the Stage with International Artists!

NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet’s unique “Dance with Us’ program brings the rare opportunity of auditioning, rehearsing, and performing with a professional, international touring ballet company in the Nutcracker and other classic story ballets to generations of American ballet students!

75,000+ American Children Receive Arts Enrichment from NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet.

Youth Audition Requirements and Information

The youth cast is at the heart of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet. Sign up your dancer now to audition and perform with the international ensemble. The 30th Anniversary Tour features artists from Ukraine, Italy, Japan and beyond for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Perform in NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet on the biggest stage in your community this Christmas!

Auditions are open to student dancers ages 6-17 of any technical level! There’s a role for everyone! Audition to dance as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens & Variations! Take the plunge and sign up for this incredible opportunity to shine under the big lights!

Unique Program

NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet stops in 50+ cities across the country this holiday season. The prestigious ballet company partners with local dance studios to cast young talent to perform onstage alongside professional International artists. NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet will perform from November through December in cities from coast to coast. To find your city visit: nutcracker.com/your-city 

Dance with Us includes partnerships with Host Studios in each tour city, which are carefully developed by Mary Giannone Talmi, co-producer of Talmi Entertainment’s North American tours. NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet Audition Directors audition children in each city, rehearse with them for several days and leave the local Host Ballet Studio to rehearse the children for 6-8 weeks prior to the performance. Studio owners are pleased to offer students personal exposure to the highly trained international dancers and to the professional performance experience.

History of Nutcracker! Partnership

Cathy Napolitano-Mucci, of Dance Center North in Syracuse NY, hosted auditions for the first Great Russian Nutcracker tour in 1993. She remarks,“I know from watching my students grow and advance since the very first Moscow Ballet tour, that this is one of the most significant experiences a young dancer can have. It lifts them up and humbles them all at the same time.”

Talmi, a Juilliard School graduate, and pioneer of the regional dance movement, developed Dance with Us with the intent to bring this unique opportunity to students and studios in regional markets. The program is 100% underwritten by NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet, including administration, international and national transportation for international ballet dancers as well as their salaries and living expenses (when not provided by local host families). There is no instruction fee charged, but NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet requires a minimum $50 Participation Fee from all youth dancers who are cast in the performance; this fee helps cover costumes, their maintenance, and other related administrative costs.

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