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The Joffrey Ballet

The Nutcracker

Category: Non-Equity Audition
Pay: Yes

The Joffrey Ballet holds open auditions for the Children's Cast of Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker at its downtown studios in Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, Thursday, September 12 and Sunday, September 15. All students in the Chicagoland area with dance experience that meet casting criteria are welcome to audition on their respective dates.

This annual audition is for all young dancers, from any studio or school, interested in auditioning for Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker, whether they have participated in the Joffrey's Nutcracker in the past or not. The audition will be directed by artistic staff from The Joffrey Ballet.

Audition Dates and Times Based on Dancer Criteria
Thursday, September 12
Registration begins 30 minutes prior to audition
5:00-6:30 PM | Ladies ages 8 and up, maximum height 4'7" (no minimum height)
-Note: Dancers may be asked to return on Sunday for the 1:30-4:30 PM audition.

Sunday, September 15
Registration begins one hour prior to audition
10:45-11:15 AM | Gentlemen ages 10-18, maximum height 5'8" (no minimum height)
11:30 AM-12:30 PM | Ladies ages 11-18, between 5'0" and 5'5"
-Note: Dancers may be asked to return for the 1:30-4:30 PM audition.
1:30-4:30 PM | Ladies ages 9-18, above 4'7" and below 5'0"
-Note: Dancers may be released before 4:30 PM.

The age and height parameters are strict and students who do not fall within the parameters will not be admitted into the audition.

Time Commitment:
Dancers must be available for rehearsals in September, October, November and December of 2019. All rehearsals are coordinated by Joffrey Ballet Masters and Joffrey staff, and will be held generally on Sundays and weekday evenings. Production week may require daytime rehearsals during the week.

Performances take place November 30-December 29 (no performance on December 25) at the Auditorium Theatre.

Material To Prepare:
All dancers must bring an audition form, 4x6 headshot (ladies with hair in a bun), and proof of age (ID, passport or copy of birth certificate etc.).

Contact Info:
The audition form and RSVP links are available online at



Audition Dates:

Sep 12 5-6:30pm
Sep 15 10:45-4:30pm
Posted Date: Jul 24, 2019