Saturday, September 6, 2014: Auditions for Nutcracker and The Philadelphia Youth Ballet at our Old City location at 219 Cuthbert Street, 3rd Floor
10:00 am – 11:00 am: ages 5 – 7
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: ages 8 – 11
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: ages 12 and up
Be a part of our 5th annual production! Rehearsals begin the following Saturday on September 13, and the performances are December 12 & 13. Definite show times will be announced as soon as possible. Only two absences are allowed. Ballet students who take class at our Rittenhouse or Wynnewood locations are still eligible. All rehearsals take place at our main Old City location. Read more about what is required to be a part of Nutcracker.
Please print and complete your audition forms in advance. Bring them with you on September 6. Auditions for the Boys Scholarship and Pre-Professional Programs also happen on this day.
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 just for the Nutcracker.
How do you become a member?
At the Nutcracker auditions on September 6, 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 printing, and faculty for weekly rehearsals.
Interested in the Boys Scholarship or Pre-Professional Ballet Programs only?
You can audition for either program on this day without committing to the Nutcracker. Your participation in the audition will allow our faculty to evaluate you and appropriately place you in a class level for the school year. However, you might have so much fun in the audition that you want to join our Nutcracker cast! If that’s the case, just let us know before you leave!
See you on audition day!