Nutcracker Auditions


Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 21 from 12pm (noon)-7:45pm 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.

All dancers must complete the information below before arriving at Stephens Auditorium for auditions on August 21:  1) Complete online audition card and 2) Print off audition card and bring to registration.  If you forget your audition card, we will have an area set up with a laptop/ipad and printer so you can fill out the information online and print it for a $5 fee.  There will be no blank audition cards at registration.

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!

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 & keeps our performances running smoothly & safely.  Please note this is not a new change – it has been on the audition form for a number of years.  However, volunteer participation is down and several families have been carrying more hours due to lack of participation from all.

Important Information for 2022

Carefully review the 2022 Nutcracker Audition and Rehearsal 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.

Please review the Nutcracker Fitting Schedule.

Participation Fees: $75 per performer (includes one costume fee and one livestream link) plus $60 for each additional performer in the same household (includes one costume fee)

Costume Fees: $25 each for each additional part

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.