Ballet Audition for “The Nutcracker

HOT SPRINGS – – Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company welcomes dancers of all ages and abilities to our annual Nutcracker Auditions Saturday September 17, 2022. The Nutcracker is a holiday classic that is perfect for the beginner, yet also a marvelous experience for the well-trained ballet student. Be a part of this wonderful performance that will foster your love of dance and enable you to share the joy of ballet with others. This Christmas favorite will provide students with the wonderful opportunity to share the stage with Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theater’s talented guest artist and professional dancers from around the country. Join us at the auditions to be a part of this magical production!

The Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company and the Hot Springs community have been proudly presenting the yule tide holiday classic for the past ten consecutive years.  Performance dates will be November 25 & 26 and December 1, 2, & 3, 2022. The cost to audition is $10.00.   Rehearsals are held during the fall, Saturdays, 11am – 4:30pm., and additional evening rehearsals are required for some performers on weeknights based on size and challenges of roles.  The first Act of Nutcracker involves several character acting roles an excellent opportunity to develop an actor’s skills in self presentation, movement, and stage presence.   The audition is open to the public and all schools.

Under the artistic direction of artistic director Edmond Cooper those chosen will have a wonderful experience to learn the nuances of a ballet performer taken as seriously as any professional dance organization. This Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company is the a professional organization producing  two full scale stage ballets annually in Central Arkansas. The auditions are open for dancers from the entire community.

Edmond Cooper is a native of Hot Springs, and  is a former professional touring performer and acclaimed choreographer. His talent, energy, and vision breathe life in the dance company every day, on all levels.

The audition is open to both girls and boys ages 5 and up.  Students should arrive 30 minutes’ prior to the audition time to have time to register. At the audition, students will do a ballet barre,  and learn a small excerpt of material and will be asked to dance. A parent or guardian must be present for students under 18 years of age to sign appropriate waiver forms.

  • Female students are required to wear designated attire: black or blue leotards, pink or flesh tone tights (no leggings or panty hose), and pink ballet slippers.
  • Male students should wear tights, biking shorts or shorts, a fitted t shirt or leotard, and black ballet slippers.
  • Female students are required to have their hair groomed neatly in a bun.

Nutcracker Auditions will be September 17, 2022, beginning at:
9am – 10am 6-9-year-old dancers
10am -11:30am 10–12-year-old dancers
11:30am – 1pm 13+ years old dancers pointe shoes for females

If you have any questions about the audition process or the production and rehearsal regimen, please contact the Dance Theatre Company via email