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Nutcracker 2019 Auditions

Ballet Wichita 2019 Nutcracker Auditions:
One day only!  Saturday, August 17, 2019 at
Ballet Wichita Studios, 1600 W. Douglas Ave

Parents:  There is NO seating or space in the lobby during auditions for parents to wait.  Due to this limited space created from tables being set up to check in dancers for different audition times and the sewing crew taking dancer measurements, there is NO waiting area for parents inside the studio on the day of auditions.  Parents are welcome to stay in the parking lot or run an errand and return to the studio at the end of auditions.

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The 2019 Ballet Wichita Nutcracker performance will be held at the Century II Concert Hall, with the Ballet Wichita Symphony on December 13, 14 & 15.  Additional performances will include student matinees on December 10 & 11 at Century II.

The registration form is required for all dancers auditioning to perform with Ballet Wichita for the 2019 Nutcracker performance season.  If there are multiple dancers in your family, a registration form must be filled out for each dancer.

All dancers MUST be registered before they will be allowed to auditionBallet Wichita’s Nutcracker auditions are open to dancers who are at least 7 years old on the day of auditions.  If you are unable to register online and need to complete a paper registration, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your audition time.

Audition FEE: The Audition FEE is $25 per dancer and is due at the time of registration.

Audition Groups: All dancers MUST arrive at the Ballet Wichita Studios at the time listed below, NO NEED TO ARRIVE ANY EARLIER.  However, if registering via paper (not electronically), arrive 30 minutes prior to your audition time listed below to ensure completion of all paperwork prior to auditions.  

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  • Beginner: 0-7 years of ballet training.  Minimum age to audition is 7 years old.  
    Auditions: 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
  • Intermediate:   Dancers with 8 or more years of ballet training, no pointe required.
    Auditions: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Advanced: Pointe required, minimum of 2 years pointe training. 
    Auditions: 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
  • Party Guests: Some dance and acting experience required.
    Auditions: 4:30 pm – 5:30pm

*NOTE:  If a dancer exceeds expectations, that dancer may be asked to continue his/her audition into the next audition group. The Artistic Director would make this determination and a parent/guardian will be notified by a Ballet Wichita representative. 

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What to expect AT Auditions:

The audition is about showcasing each dancer’s skills for the Artistic Director to determine where each dancer fits best in the production. During the audition, Ballet Wichita’s Artistic Director and assistant(s) will walk through the room and make notes on each dancer’s level of training and abilities, as well as note moments of particular movement qualities. Taking notes helps the Artistic Director prepare the cast roles. All casting decisions will be made solely by the Artistic Director. Auditions may be taped. Photographs and measurements of dancers will be taken.

Audition Attire: Be prepared for Class! Black leotards and pink tights, with leotard over the tights and either ballet slippers or pointe shoes depending on group.  Boys and men in all-black attire. (No leg warmers, dance skirts or shorts).  Hair secured in a bun, no jewelry or piercings shown.  Note: If dancers are auditioning in the beginner group or as an adult/party guest and have no dance attire, please wear athletic clothes and socks with hair pulled back.

Parents:  There is NO seating or space in the lobby during auditions for parents to wait.  Due to this limited space created from tables being set up to check in dancers for different audition times and the sewing crew taking dancer measurements, there is NO waiting area for parents inside the studio on the day of auditions.  Parents are welcome to stay in the parking lot or run an errand and return to the studio at the end of auditions.

What to expect AFTER Auditions:

Within five (5) days following the audition, each dancer will receive an email notification informing him/her whether he/she has been cast in the 2019 Ballet Wichita Nutcracker and which role(s) he/she will be dancing. Dancers will receive a rehearsal schedule at that time. The rehearsals for the 2019 Nutcracker will begin early/mid-September depending on the role.

Dancers will have five (5) days following the email notification to accept his/her role(s), sign the Letter of Commitment, and pay the $100 Production Fee all via a password protected link sent in the email notification. If dancers do not complete the previously mentioned items within five (5) days of notification, roles will be re-cast.

Production FEE: The Production FEE is $100 per dancer who is cast in the 2019 Ballet Wichita Nutcracker and is DUE when the dancer signs their Letter of Commitment. The Production Fee covers many things, such as the maintenance and repairs of the costumes used by Ballet Wichita. There will be an opportunity when signing the Letter of Commitment to discuss a payment option for the Production Fee, if needed.  Depending on the role, there may be a specific type of dance shoe, leotard, or tights and stage makeup that dancers will need to purchase.

NOTE:  If you are unable to attend auditions due to a conflict, please contact us NO later than Monday, August 12 by email at: info@balletwichita.com.

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The Ballet Wichita family looks forward to seeing you at auditions!

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