Auditions for membership in the Westchester Ballet Company and roles in the company’s 2016 production of The Nutcracker, to be performed at the Westchester County Center December 16 – 18, will be held on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18.
Audition times vary depending on the dancer’s level of experience. Children 7 years old who are entering second grade, and who have previous dance experience, may audition to become student dancers in The Nutcracker. Boys and girls at least 8 years old may audition for membership in the ballet company, as well as for roles in The Nutcracker. Adults may also try out for the Party Scene and do not need previous dance experience. (6 year olds may attend the audition with the clear awareness that they will most likely not be cast in a role, but may learn from the experience.)
This past winter, Westchester Ballet Company presented its 20th Nutcracker at Westchester County Center to a diverse and enthusiastic audience of nearly 6,400. Our 2015 Nutcracker featured 125 student and adult dancers from 35 communities across Westchester and neighboring counties.
Our 2016 Nutcracker Audition Flyer provides more specific information about the audition schedule and how to prepare. All auditions will be held at the Logrea Dance Academy studios at 2 Dale Avenue in Ossining. Arrive at least one-half hour earlier than the scheduled audition time for registration and bring your completed 2016 Nutcracker Audition Form.
The benefits of performing in a professional-caliber production are innumerable. The additional training, the musicality, the discipline and responsibility, the camaraderie, the backstage exposure to professional dancers and a union stage crew, not to mention the exhilaration of the lights and the applause, are just some of the rewards of this undertaking.
Membership in the Westchester Ballet Company is based on a number of factors. Dancers cast in Westchester Ballet Company productions must take at least one class per week with the company’s Artistic Directors, Beth Fritz-Logrea and Jean Logrea.