Auditions will be held September 10 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

Ballet West is looking to cast dancers as follows:

  • Dancers ages 8–18 with at least 1 year of ballet training
  • Girls between the heights of 48” – 71”
    • Gymnasts between the heights of 48” – 52”
  • Boys between the heights of 48” – 72”

All Nutcracker activities are subject to change.


Please read all the information below.  After you agree to the terms of this agreement, you will be directed to the registration form.

This year, for the health and safety of everyone involved, there will not be an in person registration as there has been in the past.  Instead, the guardian/parent will measure the height (in inches) of their own dancer at home.

The registration fee is $12.00.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact



This policy dated August 22nd, 2022 is subject to change at any time.

Ballet West has in place the following health and operational procedures that will help mitigate risk and ensure the safety of all our students, staff, faculty, families, and community members. These protocols are valid for the 2022 Children’s Nutcracker Auditions.

  1. Face Covering. Face masks are optional. Face masks may be required based on exposure policies outlined below.
  2. Symptom Free. Do not send children to auditions if they exhibit any symptoms associated with an active illness, as they will be prevented from participating (e.g., fever, infection, sore throat, headache, stomach pain, lethargy, nausea, cough). Temperature checks will occur for each child upon entering the building.
  3. Close Contact: If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to wear a mask around others for 10 days after last exposure.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Guidelines and the status of any program may change contingent upon environmental factors and subsequent governmental directives that increase or decrease requirements. These guidelines will be enforced without exception. If faculty, staff, visitors, parents, guardians, or dancers do not comply with the health guidelines, it will be grounds for dismissal from the auditions without a refund. If you have additional questions, email:

If casted in the production, you may be required to wear a mask for rehearsals, costume fittings, and any activities associated with the production. Prior to entering the building for rehearsal and costume fittings, dancers will be symptom checked.  Anyone experiencing symptoms will not be allowed entrance.

Ballet West may review and update these policies per the recommendation of health officials.


The audition is for dancers, girls and boys, who are in the 3rd grade or 8 years of age and older by September 1, 2022.  At least one year of ballet training is recommended.

All Roles in Ballet West Nutcracker are cast by height, skill, and ability.  Each role has a specific height requirement.  All dancers must be able to fit into the production costumes.

Auditions will be held September 10th at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

Only Registered dancers will be allowed to audition.  Prior to the audition, a video link will be emailed to the primary email address listed on the registration form with the dance combinations each dancer will need to know for the audition along with additional information.  Dancers should practice these combinations at home, and be ready to perform them at the audition.  A rehearsal assistant will review dance combinations on the audition day.

Auditions will be held at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center  Saturday, September 10, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Times for individual group auditions will be sent after registration. Only Registered dancers will be allowed to audition.  Please be prompt.  Dancers will not be admitted into the audition after it has begun.  All auditions are closed.

Audition results will be sent via email on Monday, September 12 by 9:00PM.

Some dancers may be asked to attend a Call Back Audition on Saturday September 10 for Principal Children Roles.  The roles of Clara, Fritz, and Nephew are considered Principal Children Roles.

Dancers will briefly review the combinations they were sent via email with a rehearsal assistant before the audition begins.  Dancers will be divided into small groups to perform combinations for Ballet West’s Artistic Staff and qualified guest judges.  Dancers will be scored based on their performance and execution of the steps.

*If your dancer is 48” – 52” and a gymnast, during the audition is the time they will be asked to demonstrate their abilities.  Ballet West is looking for dancers who are able to do 3 or more consecutive back handsprings.  Please inform your dancer to voice their abilities when asked!

*Please remind your dancer, if at any time they feel ill or need to use the restroom, to please ask a volunteer for assistance.  We would like the dancer to be as comfortable as possible during this process.

Girls wear:  
tights, leotard, and ballet shoes (no skirts or spanx), hair in a bun.  No dangling jewelry. (if BWA Student, please wear your BWA Uniform)

Boys wear:  trim fitted t-shirt, tights, sweats or bicycle shorts, ballet shoes, jazz shoes, or socks. (if BWA Student, please wear your BWA Uniform)

Dancers chosen for the production will be sent information via the primary email address on the registration form on how to access the Ballet West Nutcracker website, which includes the dancers’ schedule, as well as other pertinent information.  When filling out the registration form please choose the best email address for your primary email, as this is the email Ballet West will use to communicate with you.

Dancers chosen for the production must attend all rehearsals, costume fittings, and cast photo shoots.  Each role will rehearse approximately one to three times per week.  Most rehearsals are scheduled Monday through Friday 6:00PM – 9:00PM and Saturday 8:30AM – 6:30PM however, due to studio space and stage availability some rehearsals will begin at 4:00PM on weekdays and 8:00AM on Saturdays.  Rehearsals begin September 14th.  Performance dates are listed on the Ballet West website: The Nutcracker : Ballet West

Dancers will be placed in a performing cast as best befits their abilities within the production.  Dancers will not be able to choose their own role and cast, however if you have a request for a specific performing cast, your deadline to make your request is Friday, September 16, via a Google Docs sheet that will be emailed after your acceptance letter, or available on the Parent Info Portal that is password protected, to which access is given with your dancer’s acceptance letter. Casts A-D will be dated on the Parent Portal.

All dancers must be able to fit into the production costumes, and are required to attend all scheduled costume fittings.  Any dancer who is absent from their scheduled costume fitting will be dismissed from the production.  The costume fitting schedule will be available after September 12.

Your child will be measured for height on the day of the audition upon check-in.