“The Nutcracker Ballet”

Audition 2023

HOT SPRINGS– – – Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company welcomes dancers of all ages and abilities to our annual Nutcracker Auditions Saturday September 16, 2023. 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 eleven consecutive years.  Performance dates will be November 24, 25, 28 and December 1, 2023. The cost to audition is $15.00.   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. For those cast there is a $200 participation and costume fee per performer (due before October 29, 2023). 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.  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 classical ballet class. 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  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 – September 16, 2023

9am – 10am 6-8-year-old dancers

10am -11:30am 9–12-year-old dancers

11:30am – 1pm 13+ year old dancers pointe shoes for females.

The first Act of Nutcracker involves several adult and young adult character dancing and or  acting roles an excellent opportunity to develop an actor’s skills in self presentation, movement, and stage presence.  If you have any questions about the audition process or the production and rehearsal regimen, please contact the Dance Theatre Company via email