Auditions for Nutcracker and Philadelphia Youth Ballet are at our Old City location at 219 Cuthbert Street, 3rd Floor on Saturday, September 7, 2013.
10:00 am – 11:00 am: ages 5 – 7
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: ages 8 – 11
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: ages 12 and up
Be a part of our 4th annual production! Rehearsals begin the following Saturday on September 14, and the performances are in early December. Definite dates will be announced shortly. Only two absences are allowed. Read more about what is required to be a part of Nutcracker.
Interested in Philadelphia Youth Ballet (PYB)? Read some FAQs:
How old do you have to be to join the company?
Philadelphia Dance Academy ballet students age 8 and older enrolled in at least two ballet technique classes per week are welcome to audition for the company. There is a Junior Ensemble and a Senior Ensemble.
Can you audition for Nutcracker if you are not a member of the company?
YES. All Philadelphia Dance Academy ballet students age 5 and up have the opportunity to audition. They may choose to audition for Nutcracker and not for Philadelphia Youth Ballet.
How do you become a member?
At the Nutcracker auditions on September 7, indicate on the application that you would like to be considered for PYB membership.
Who should audition for the company?
Students who love to perform and are willing to commit to the PYB Saturday rehearsal schedule in addition to taking a minimum of two technique classes per week for Junior Ensemble and a minimum of four technique classes per week for Senior Ensemble.
IMPORTANT: Membership in PYB is a year-long commitment. Students may not miss more than two Nutcracker rehearsals or two rehearsals in the spring (after Winter Break, PYB returns to Saturday afternoon rehearsals to prepare for their Spring Concert).
What are the benefits of joining the company?
Company members learn a varied repertoire of classical ballet, contemporary, and other styles, which allow them to develop the versatility that is required for a career in the performing arts. They have regular performance opportunities in a wide variety of venues, from small informal festivals to large professional theaters. The diversity of these experiences fosters confidence and improves performance skills. As company members, students learn the intrinsic reward of working together towards a common goal and seeing the results of their hard work and discipline in each successful performance.
Is there a performance or membership fee?
Nutcracker performance fees is $175 (includes Nutcracker tee shirt).
PYB annual membership fee is $300 (includes Nutcracker fee).
The performance/membership fee covers: the cost of costumes, backdrop and prop rentals and purchases, theater rental, theater technical staff, professional guest artists from Pennsylvania Ballet or other companies, program and ticket printing, and faculty for weekly rehearsals.
See you on audition day!