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Auditions: Nutcracker

Saturday, September 23, the Asheville Ballet, North Carolina’s oldest non-profit ballet company, will hold Nutcracker Auditions at the studio at 4 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, NC 28804. Parts are available for all dancers from all regional studios for ages 4 to senior adults.

2:00pm ages 4 – First Grade

2:15pm Second – Fourth Grade

2:30pm Fifth – Seventh Grade

3:00pm Everyone Eighth Grade – senior adult (including all intermediate/advanced teens and adults and all professionals). Auditions will begin with a Ballet technique class (if you are a beginner, and unsure, email us to ask advice).

4:00pm-5:45pm Everyone Seventh Grade – senior adult will stay for auditions for various Modern, Contemporary, and Ballet roles and for adult roles. Auditions for Pointe roles will likely occur at the very end of the audition. 

Please fill out the audition form in advance of the audition: (Even if you have to leave measurement info blank and send us a follow-up email once you know it, you should submit your audition form as early as you can, to facilitate the info going to every artistic team member in advance.)

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

Please note that the auditions will be filmed so that material may be reviewed by the artistic team. 

Casting will likely be announced around Wednesday, September 27th, and rehearsals begin as early as Friday, September 29, for some roles.  

All performers must be taking at least two technique classes per week, at least one of which should be Ballet, at any studio (dancers ages 4-9 may take only one class per week; for dancers age 7-9, it should be Ballet). If you’d like to enroll for classes at Asheville Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, visit our Training page. 

Please plan to arrive a bit early to find parking. Please wash your hands and remove your street shoes before going into the studio. Parents of 4 to 8-year-olds may wait in the lobby if your child would feel more comfortable that way, and parents of 4 to 6-year-olds may come into the studio if your little one looks like they need you. The audition is closed to any other observers, but family members may come inside to use the restrooms.

Remember, fill out your audition form in advance of the audition date:

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For more information contact us. The Nutcracker will be held at Diana Wortham Theatre at the Wortham Center December 7th - 10th (Thursday 9:30am school show, Friday and Saturday evening shows, Saturday and Sunday matinees). 

The Nutcracker will be held at Diana Wortham Theatre at the Wortham Center December 7th - 10th (Thursday 9:30am school show, Friday and Saturday evening shows, Saturday and Sunday matinees). 


Rehearsals will be held, depending on roles, on Friday afternoons and evenings (between 4 and 9:00pm) and/or Saturday afternoons (between 2:00 and 8:30pm), with special parts sometimes scheduled on Sunday afternoons (and three Sunday full group rehearsals before the show; 11/19, 11/26, and 12/3). Additional tech week rehearsals will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm at the Diana Wortham Theatre, December 4th, 5th, and 6th. Group rehearsals will begin as early as September 29. The Nutcracker contract is available here for your reference (it contains rehearsal dates with which to mark your calendars, as well as health and safety guidelines).


General audition info

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 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 for which we have become known.

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