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Children Invited to Audition for Nutcracker September 11 & 12

Date Released: 8/2/2010

Auditions for children's roles in Purchase Dance Corps Production of Nutcracker on Sept 11 & 12 for boys and girls ages 5-13.

Boys and girls ages 5-13 are invited to audition on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday September 12 for roles in the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance production of Nutcracker ’10.


Auditions will be held in Studio E of the Dance building at Purchase College throughout the day according to the schedule below.  The campus is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.


Children who audition should have some previous dance experience and be no taller than five feet.  Dance attire or sweatpants should be worn to audition.  Boys are encouraged to audition.


Rehearsals will begin October 5 and will vary from one to three rehearsals per week, depending on the role in which the children are cast.


The Purchase Dance Corps performs this traditional version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic from November 30-December 5 on the main stage in the Performing Arts Center.


 Nutcracker ’10 stars Ashley Bouder and Jared Angle, Principal Dancers with the New York City Ballet, who are returning to perform in one of the region’s largest and best loved productions.  More than 200 area children and nearly 200 Conservatory of Dance students create this spectacular holiday show. Artistic director is Bettijane Sills, former New York Ballet soloist and member of the Conservatory faculty. Choreography is by Conservatory of Dance faculty members Larry Clark, Ted Kivitt, Rosanna Seravalli, Stephanie Tooman and Megan Williams. The Conservatory of Dance is recognized as a preeminent center for training professional dancers and choreographers.


The audition schedule is as follows:


Saturday , September 11


Group 1  (7-8 yrs old as of Sept .1, 2010)

Registration 9:15 AM

Audition 10 AM-Noon


Group 2 (9-10 yrs old as of Sept. 1, 2010)

Registration 12:30 PM

Audition 1-3 PM


Group 3 (11-13 yrs. Old as of Sept. 1, 2010)

Registration 2:45 PM

Audition 3:15-4 PM


Some dancers may be requested to remain for the next audition group or return for a callback audition on Sunday September 12.


Sunday, September 12


Group 1 (5-6 yrs old as of Sept. 1, 2010)

Children attend one of three ½ hour sessions

Registration 12:30 PM

Audition 1-3 PM


Callback audition

Registration 3 PM

Audition 3:30-4:30 PM


A parents meeting will be held on Saturday, 25 between 1:00-2:30 PM in the Dance Theatre Lab of the Conservatory of Dance Building to announce casting decisions, discuss Nutcracker 2010 policies and register dancers.

A parent /guardian of each dancer selected must attend this meeting.


Casting is at the discretion of the choreographer and/or the artistic director.