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School Performances: 
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. 
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. 
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Community Service Night: 
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 7 p.m.
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Public Performances: 
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. (matinee) 
and 7:30 p.m. (gala)

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Auditions 2015

Important Information

Dancers should audition with their appropriate level and will be cast at the discretion of the Artistic Directors. The Artistic Directors reserve the right to make all final casting decisions. Auditioning in no way guarantees that a dancer will be cast in the production. Minimum requirements for consideration are outlined below.

You are auditioning to participate in The Nutcracker Ballet — not for a specific role. Please DO NOT audition if you are unwilling to accept the role you are given AND to attend all rehearsals.


  • All dancers must be 9 years old by September 1, 2015. Proof of age is required for 9 year olds only.
  • Audition attire for female dancers: black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes and hair confined appropriately. (no hair bows, flowers, sparkles or other hair accessories).
  • Audition attire for male dancers: black athletic shorts, a white t-shirt and ballet shoes.
  • Dancers auditioning on pointe must have a minimum of 2 years of pointe training, showing a proficiency on pointe. Dancers should be 14 years old by September 1, 2015 or at discretion of Artistic Directors.
  • Dancers under 18 years of age must have parent/guardian present to sign the registration forms and contracts.
  • Professional dancers may send their resume’ with photos (prior to the audition date) to Beth Marks, 1404 Tiber Ave., Jacksonville Florida 32207.


Audition Schedule

All auditions will take place at:
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd.
North, Jacksonville, Florida.

Check-in will be at the Alexander Brest Dance Pavilion.
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Friday, September 11, 2015

MALE DANCERS (9 yrs and older)
Registration: 6 p.m.
Audition: 6:30 p.m.
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Registration: 6 p.m.
Audition: 6:30 p.m.
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

14 years and up (must be 14 by September 1, 2015) or at the discretion of the Artistic Directors
Check-In: 8:30 a.m.
Auditions: 9 a.m.-noon
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Check-In: 12:30 p.m.
Auditions: 1-2 p.m.
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11 years and up or at discretion of Artistic Directors
Check-In: 1:30 p.m.
Auditions: 2-5 p.m.
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Additional Information

Audition Day Information

  • Auditions might last longer than time allocated. Bring a snack and water to auditions. No peanut products, please.
  • Bring a cover-up, it can get chilly in the audition space.
  • The auditions are closed and may not be observed by parents or the general public.

Rehearsal Requirements

  • Mandatory weekly rehearsals are held on Friday and Saturday at locations based upon the role cast. Rehearsals start the weekend following auditions.
  • There are no rehearsals the week of Thanksgiving.

Performance Requirements

Attendance for all performances is mandatory, except for double-cast roles. If in a double-cast role, the assignment will be made at the first or second rehearsal.

Cast A: Performs 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 and 
Gala performance: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2015.

Cast B: Performs 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 and
Matinee performance:2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2015


Because your commitment to CNI is crucial to a successful production, if you are cast you may not participate in any other Nutcracker Ballet production during the 2015 season. Failure to follow this rule may lead to your removal from the cast and/or rejection from future auditions with CNI.