In December we present our annual production of the classic Nutcracker ballet. This is a wonderful opportunity for those ballet students who really enjoy performing. Through rehearsing for and performing in the Nutcracker, participants are able to gain an appreciation for the time and effort involved in preparing for a show. Performing with fellow students is an invaluable experience for young dancers, and being part of such a classic tradition will give them fond memories for years to come.

Nutcracker Audition

The Nutcracker audition is held annually on the last weekend of August at our Old City studios.  The 2022 audition for the 13th Annual Nutcracker production will be held on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.

There is one Nutcracker audition.  There are no make-up auditions.  You must attend the audition to participate in the production.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THE AUDITION BY AUGUST 15.  This will allow us to plan for spacing of groups.


Early to mid-December each year. The tentative 2021 dates are December 10-12.  We usually have 2 casts and 4 performances. Each cast performs twice. Each show lasts about one hour and thirty minutes.

Friday, December 10 – Red Cast Dress Rehearsal

Saturday, December 11  – Green Cast Dress Rehearsal, 2:00p & 5:30p Performances

Sunday, December 12 – 12:00p & 3:30p Performances

Virtual Performance will be available for streaming December 19-January 19.

In a local theater. The 2021 performances will be held at the Mandell Theater at Drexel University, 33rd & Chestnut Streets (3220 Chestnut St), Philadelphia, PA.

Students currently enrolled Pre-Ballet 2, Primary, and Pre-Professional ballet programs at the Philadelphia Dance Academy are eligible to participate. All Pre-Ballet 2 dancers need to be at least 5 years old by the audition date to be eligible to participate. The Adult/Teen ballet classes are not eligible to participate.

The participation fee is $300 and is automatically charged to the primary credit card on file on the first day of rehearsal. This includes a Nutcracker t-shirt and a digital download of the performance. This does not include any tickets.

The first rehearsal will be Saturday, September 11, 2021.  Students rehearse at our main Old City location on the weekends. Most rehearsals are Saturdays between 1:00pm and 5:30pm. Some groups may rehearse on Sundays.  Most cast members will not need to be there the entire time, just for one hour or two.

You may miss only one rehearsal, although we would prefer you do not miss rehearsal. This is very important. Young dancers need all their fellow cast members present in order to best learn spacing and choreography.

We provide all costumes. In addition to these borrowed costumes, students must wear their own nude leotards, footed pink or flesh toned, and pink or flesh toned ballet slippers. The tights and shoes should be the same color.  Other footwear may be required depending on the role. Boys may be required to wear a specific color tights or socks depending on their role.

Bloch neutral tone (sand or cocoa) mask will also likely be required depending on public health recommendations.

Yes. There is a mandatory Dress Rehearsal for each cast, once at the studio and once at the theater venue the week of the show.  The mandatory in-studio dress rehearsal is Saturday, November 20.

Red cast dress rehearsal at the theater will be on Friday, December 10.

Green cast dress rehearsal at the theater will be on Saturday, December 11 prior to the 2:00p performance.

They are $25-$45 per ticket. They vary in price depending on seat location and go on sale online on November 1.  Performances sell out quickly.

Tickets to the virtual performance are $30 per household/IP address.  The virtual performance will stream December 19 - January 19.

Yes. We always have both casts professionally filmed. A virtual performance will be available for streaming December 19-January 19.

More details are posted throughout the Fall Semester, both in our newsletter sent on the 1st and 15th of each month and on the website.

Dancers will receive a digital download of the performance in late January.