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Shuffles & Ballet II | 1521 Merrill Drive, Little Rock, AR 72211

Friday, August 19, 2022

Age 15-18: 4:00-5:15 pm | Sign In: 3:45 pm

Age 13-14, 6:00-7:15 pm | Sign In: 5:45 pm


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Age 11-12: 9:00-10:30 am | Sign In: 8:45 am

Age 9-10: 11:00 am-12:30 pm | Sign In: 10:45 am

Age 8: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Sign In: 12:45 pm

Age 7: 2:30 pm-3:00 pm | Sign In: 2:15 pm

Age 6: 3:30-4:00 pm | Sign In: 3:15 pm

Click the link above to view the rehearsal schedule for the Nutcracker Spectacular. Though casting is not determined until the completion of the audition process, after you register you'll have the chance to report anticipated schedule conflicts to Ballet Arkansas. We'll try our best to work with your schedule, but cannot guarantee accommodation in all instances.  


Shuffles & Ballet II | 1521 Merrill Drive, Little Rock, AR 72211

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Ages 15-18: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm | Sign In: 12:45 pm

Ages 12-14: 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm | Sign In: 2:15 pm

Ages 9-11: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm | Sign In: 3:45 pm

Rehearsals | January 6 - February 15

Rehearsal schedule coming soon. 

*Dancers who are interested in auditioning for both "Nutcracker Spectacular" and "Sleeping Beauty" must attend both auditions. We're not able to accommodate a combined audition at this time due to the number of anticipated applicants.


  • Audition registration forms and fees are due by Thursday, August 18, 2022. After this time, registration will not be permitted.

  • Audition registration fees include Nutcracker Spectacular ($35) and Sleeping Beauty ($20), not including online convenience fees.

  • Participants auditioning for Nutcracker Spectacular must be ​6 years old by August 20, 2022. Participants auditioning for Sleeping Beauty must be 9 years old by January 1, 2023. 

  • Participants should attend the assigned audition class for their age group | Nutcracker Spectacular - age on the date of audition | Sleeping Beauty - age on January 1, 2023.


Ballet Arkansas highly recommends that participants who audition for community cast performance opportunities are enrolled in dance classes during the year. Ballet Arkansas recommends the minimum dance training for each age group:

Participants age 6-7 | 1-2 years

Participants age 8-9 | 2-3 years

Participants ages 10 -12 | 3-4 years

Participants ages 13-18 | 4-5 years


  • Female Participants: Black leotard, full-length pink tights with pink ballet shoes or full length flesh-tone tights with flesh tone ballet shoes. Tights must be worn with tights inside the ballet slipper and drawstrings shall be tucked into the shoes. Hair must be secured neatly in a bun or similar style.

    • Participants en pointe for 1+ years, should bring pointe shoes to the audition. Pointe work is not required and will not be requested for participants ages 6-10.

  • Male Participants: White or black fitted t-shirt, white ballet shoes with white socks or black ballet shoes, and black tights or dance shorts. Hair should be neat and out of the face and eyes. Long hair shall be secured neatly in a ponytail.


​The audition process is completed by a highly-skilled team of Ballet Arkansas staff. Participants are encouraged to approach the audition process with an open mind and free from expectations of specific outcomes. The staff will make every effort to make each participant’s audition process enjoyable and stress-free. 

Community Cast acceptance and casting is based upon the following variables: 

  • The artistic and technical performance of each participant within their assigned audition class

  • The number of costumes of varying sizes for use within the production

  • Participant's age and level of maturity 

  • Participant's years of training, for the consideration of safe practices

  • Participant's availability for assigned rehearsals, mandatory fittings, and performances

  • Participant's ability to follow instructions and advance beyond the check-in point to enter their assigned audition studio - unaccompanied by a parent/guardian.

**Audition participation does not guarantee any participant’s acceptance to the cast.

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