Nutcracker Auditions

Nutcracker auditions for dancers four years of age and older will be held Saturday, August 19, 2023 at our host studio, Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance. Dancers should arrive 15-20 minutes prior to audition time. There is no audition fee, but all dancers must complete the online registration forms prior to check in. (See blue box below for links.)

Please wear appropriate dancewear and shoes (black leotard, clean tights and ballet shoes for females; white t-shirt, black tights and ballet shoes for males; adults auditioning for the party scene should wear comfortable clothing).  With the exception of adults in the party scene, all dancers must currently be enrolled in ballet classes that meet at least once a week (at any studio). 

Please complete TWO ONLINE FORMS (registration form and conflict form) for EACH dancer auditioning. Each dancer auditioning must have BOTH forms completed prior to checking in for auditions. There will be a check-in station upon arrival where heights will be measured and audition numbers distributed. Dancers should arrive ready for auditions, bringing only necessary shoes and a water bottle if desired. 

For everyone cast in the Nutcracker, there is a required informational meeting on Sunday, September 17 at 2:30 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.


Every dancer must complete both forms below prior to auditioning.

AUDITION TIMES (please arrive 20-30 minutes early)

10:00-11:00 Female dancers ages 10-13, with less than 1 year on pointe

11:00-12:15 Female dancers ages 9-12, not on pointe

12:15-1:15 Male and Female dancers ages 7-8

1:15-1:40 Adult Men and Women (no dance experience necessary)

2:00-3:30 Female dancers ages 12-15, with a minimum of one full year on pointe (including BMI Junior Company dancers not in one of the earlier audition times)

3:30-4:15 Male and Female dancers ages 4-6

4:15-5:45 Female dancers ages 14 and older, with a minimum of three full years on pointe (including BMI Company dancers)

5:45-6:30 Male dancers ages 9 and older