Nutcracker Auditions


Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 22 from 12pm (noon)-7:30pm at Stephens Auditorium. Registration will begin at 11:15am. Free parking is available in Lot B3 (south of Stephens Auditorium and Center Drive). Please enter Stephens Auditorium through the Southeast Corner – Stage Door.. Do not drop off or park in the loading dock area.

Dancers need to be dressed, warmed-up and ready to audition at the times listed on the order form for the part(s) you’re auditioning for. All dancers should wear leotards, tights, and ballet or pointe shoes.

Dancers MUST be enrolled in a dance studio and pointe dancers MUST be studying pointe to perform. Children must be 6 years of age or older (by the date of the performance) to perform. You may be cast in a part for which you did not audition. We reserve the right to cast you in ANY part. Dancers are encouraged to audition for every role they are capable of performing.

Your Help is Needed!

A Volunteer Coordinator will contact all participating families for backstage help at rehearsals and performances. Families of each cast member are required to provide volunteer help in lieu of supplemental participant fees. This helps keep costs down and keeps our performances running smoothly and safely.

Important Information for 2021

Carefully review the Rehearsal Schedule, Fitting Schedule, and note potential conflicts. You MUST attend the first rehearsal for your role. If you miss more than one rehearsal, we reserve the right to replace you. First rehearsal will be at the Ames Dancenter South at 319 South 17th Street, Ames, IA 50010.

There is a costume cleaning fee of $30 per performer. A $10 late fee will be added after October 11, 2021.

Call the Dancenter, home of the Iowa Youth Ballet, at (515) 233-0826 with any questions.

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Dancer Information

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Dancers MUST be enrolled in a dance studio. Pointe dancers MUST be studying pointe.

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Contact Information

The email address you provide will be our primary means of communication. Please check your email daily for important updates.