Nutcracker Spectacular Auditions

Audition Date - August 24, 2019




Saturday, August 24th, 2019


Shuffles & Ballet II

1521 Merrill Drive,

Little Rock AR 72211


Age 13+:  9:00 - 10:30 am

Sign in at 8:30 am

*Females in the 9:00 am audition who have completed 1 year of enrolled pointe class may bring their pointe shoes into the audition classroom, but should wear their ballet slippers at the start of the audition.

Ages 6 - 7: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Sign in begins at 10:00 am

Ages 8 - 9: 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Sign in begins at 11:30 am

Ages 10 - 12: 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Sign in at 1:30 pm

Reaching nearly 8,000 attendees annually, Ballet Arkansas' production of The Nutcracker Spectacular has become a holiday tradition for many in central Arkansas. Featuring live accompaniment by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, this beloved classic is the largest holiday production in the state.

This year's cast members will:

  • Dance on stage alongside nearly 250 talented cast members from our community.

  • Share the stage with the professional ballet dancers of Ballet Arkansas!

  • Dance on stage at the newly renovated Robinson Performance Hall.

  • Make lifelong memories and new friends.

  • Enjoy a Cast Party to celebrate their hard work.

  • Celebrate Ballet Arkansas' 41st Season while playing an important role in the success of the most highly anticipated production of the year.

Please Note:

Shuffles and Ballet II generously donates their studio space for Ballet Arkansas' Nutcracker auditions and rehearsals. Shuffles and Ballet II is not affiliated with Ballet Arkansas and Shuffles and Ballet II representatives are not responsible for answering questions or relaying information about Ballet Arkansas’ production of The Nutcracker Spectacular.


Please direct all Nutcracker inquiries to 

Our Audition Process

Dancers are encouraged to approach the audition process with an open mind, and free from expectation of outcomes. Ballet Arkansas will make every effort to make the audition process a positive experience for each dancer.  The audition process is completed by the Artistic Staff of Ballet Arkansas, and is based upon the following variables:

• The artistic and technical performance of each dancer within their audition class**

• The number of costumes in the Ballet Arkansas inventory and the availability of sizes 

• Age and/or maturity 

• Years of dance training

• Dancer's availability for assigned rehearsals, fittings, and performances**

Auditioning for the production does not guarantee your dancer a role in the production. All participants must be able to enter the studio unaccompanied for their audition on audition day.  Please review the information packet for additional information regarding Ballet Arkansas Nutcracker Spectacular policies.

Start Here

  1. Review the audition requirements and Nutcracker Spectacular information packet. Click on the                 to download the packet.

  2. Register to audition between Monday, July 1, 2019 and Friday, August 23, 2019. Outline all expected absences and conflicts with rehearsals/performances/fittings on the audition registration form. We cannot guarantee accommodation for absences.**

  3. Pay the $50 audition fee online after July 1, 2019, or bring cash/check to the audition.

On August 24th

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your dancer's audition time to sign-in and get your audition number. Each audition group will be led by a teacher, there is no need to have any choreography prepared in advance. 

  • Bring the $50 audition fee (cash/check) if you have not already paid.

  • Dancers should be properly dressed, following the dress code requirements​​ listed below.
  • Dancers of all ages must be able to pass the check-in desk, and enter the holding room and audition room, unaccompanied. This is a part of the audition process.**

Requirements to Audition

All dancers must:

  • Be 6 years of age by August 24, 2019

  • Be enrolled in dance classes in the Fall of 2019

  • Meet the minimum requirements of training:

    • Dancers ages 6-7, 1 year of dance training

    • Dancers ages 8-9, 2 years of dance training

    • Dancers ages 10-12, 3 years of dance training

    • Dancers ages 13+, 4 years of dance training

  • Follow the dress code requirements:

    • All dancers auditioning must be dressed in classical ballet class attire.

    • For girls; full length, footed/convertible pink ballet tights, black leotard, pink ballet slippers, and hair in neat bun.

    • Girls on pointe should bring their pointe shoes with ribbons already sewn on, ready to wear.

    • For boys; white fitted shirt, black tights or fitted shorts, black ballet slippers, and hair neat and out of the face.

    • All warm-ups should be removed before entering the audition room.

Following the Audition 

  • All Nutcracker Audition participants will be sent an email on Wednesday, August 29th after 4:00 pm, regarding their acceptance and/or casting.

  • All dancers who have received a role should review the Nutcracker Community Cast Packet before accepting their role. All participants must be able to commit to our mandatory rehearsals, mandatory costume fittings, absence policy, and other requirements.

  • All dancers must accept or decline their casting by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 3rd.

  • The $50 production and costume fee is due by 5:00 pm on September 30th.

  • The first rehearsal weekend for the community cast is September 7th - 8th. Each role's first rehearsal is mandatory, without exception. Some roles may begin on Week 2 or 3.

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