Auditions: Nutcracker


Saturday, September 25, 2021, the Asheville Ballet, North Carolina’s oldest non-profit ballet company, will hold Nutcracker Auditions:

  • For dancers ages 13 to adult, at the studio at 4 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, NC 28804


  • via Zoom for dancers ages 4 – 12


Please fill out the audition form in the week before the audition:

This is the way to get your Zoom invite, so please fill it out as soon as you’re able.


Audition fee is $10, payable via cash or check to The Asheville Ballet.


Everyone will wear masks while in the building.


Please note that the auditions will be filmed so that the artistic team members who were not present will get to see everyone.


Audition schedule is outlined below:


1:00pm (for dancers ages 13 and up who consider themselves to be intermediate-advanced dancers!), beginning with a Ballet technique class (Please attend if you are 13 and older. If you are a beginner, and unsure, email us to ask.)


2:15-3:30 dancers ages 13 and up will stay for auditions for pointe roles, adult roles, and Modern and other Ballet roles, at the studio at 4 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, NC 28804


All later auditions will happen via Zoom. Please fill out an audition form, and we’ll send you the appropriate Zoom invitation.


3:45-4:15 via Zoom, ages 10-12 (13 and 14 year olds may also be asked to stay in the studio and learn some of this material)


4:15-4:45 via Zoom, ages 7-9


4:45-5:15 via Zoom, ages 4-6


Zoom auditioners: Please put your child’s name in the Zoom name display for your device. On a phone app, click settings, then click on the arrow next to your email and photo at the top, then click “Display Name.” On the Zoom web portal, navigate to “Profile” (on the left) or click your profile image (top right), then where you see your name and profile picture, click “edit” to change the display name.


Parts are available for all dancers from all regional studios for ages 4 to senior adults. 


Please plan to arrive a bit early to find parking. Wear your mask the entire time you are inside. Please arrive in your dance clothes, wash your hands, remove your street shoes, and take your belongings with you into the studio, where you’ll place them by the back door. When your audition is finished, please leave out the back door (parents, please pick up your children at the back door nearest the creek). No parents in the lobby. The audition is closed to any other observers, and family members will not be allowed in the studio or into the lobby (except to use the restrooms).


Remember, fill out your audition form in advance:

Zoom information will be sent after you submit your audition form, so please do this before September 24. 

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Please note the following COVID-related protocols, and carefully consider your wish to participate within this framework.




ALL dancers will be masked at all times while in rehearsal, on site at our studio, as well as at all times while not actively performing on stage at Diana Wortham (you’ll put your mask back on as soon as you hit the backstage area on a performance day).




Due to the requirements of Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, in their effort to ensure the health and wellness of patrons, artists, staff and volunteers, and due to our own desire for the safety and well-being of all our dancers and their families, we require the following:

  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for all dancers ages 12 and up,


  • OR, weekly lab-conducted COVID-19 tests for children and unvaccinated teens and adults (you will need to email us negative test results weekly from October 1 – December 4)


As we approach our time at Wortham Theatre, unvaccinated persons (all ages) will need to be tested more frequently, as the theatre will require proof of a negative lab-conducted COVID-19 test within 48 hours of EACH entrance into the Theatre. This means you’ll need to get tested on Saturday 12/4, Monday 12/6, Wednesday 12/8, and Friday 12/10.




The Artistic Team will be making considerations this year with health and safety in mind. This may mean that children are double-cast in roles (eg. you might perform Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday), so that if one cast has a COVID exposure or a COVID-positive, the other cast may step in for a certain show. Or, we may have to pull a group of children from a scene if there is a positive case among them. We understand that this could feel devastating to our beloved children and students, so please consider the realities of what could happen in a large production like this one during the current health crisis and discuss them with your child before you decide to commit to the show. We also hope that everyone will do their best to keep their dance family safe and healthy, by avoiding risky/unmasked activities while we all work together to create this wonderful holiday tradition.

The Asheville Ballet auditions dancers on a show-to-show basis and often invites selected performers to continue performing in future productions throughout the year. We offer a number of paid adult professional dancing positions as well as college apprenticeships.


Please email us or call our studio office at (828)252-4761 with any questions. We also accept emailed video/headshot/dance shot/resume submissions to

We will review your material and contact you promptly! 


In addition, students from both the Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance as well as other studios in the Western North Carolina region are cast both in ensemble and soloists roles in our productions. In other words, you do not have to be a student attending classes with the Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance to perform with us. We are delighted to include the entire community in their passion to perform, both professional and student alike. All that we ask is that students are taking at least two dance technique classes per week, somewhere, in order to maintain the high-caliber of artistry that we have become so known for.