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Calling All Aspiring Young Dancers! Dayton Ballet Announces Auditions for Children’s Roles in Its 2016 Production of The Nutcracker

CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138
awhitehead@daytonperformingarts.org 

DAYTON, OH (September 1, 2016) – Dayton Ballet is excited to announce auditions for children’s roles in its 2016 production of The Nutcracker.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Dayton Ballet’s downtown studios at 140 N. Main Street, 4th Floor, Dayton, OH.

The audition schedule for children’s roles for The Nutcracker will be as follows:
* 12:30–1:45 pm:  Ages 11 to 12 (Potential roles: Party scene, rats, soldiers, Mother Ginger, Sugar Plum attendants)
* 2:00–3:30 pm:  Ages 8 to 10 (Potential roles: Medium rats, soldiers, party children, Sugar Plum attendants)
* 3:45–5:15 pm:  Ages 6 to 7 (Potential roles: Small rats, lambs)

All dancers need to arrive one half-hour before listed time for registration. Dancers are required to bring a completed, printed audition form to the audition.  Forms can be downloaded at www.daytonperformingarts.org/Nutcracker2016Auditions.  Audition forms will also be available on the day of the audition but must be completed prior to signing in. Children must be 6 years of age by September 25, 2016 in order to audition. Please also make sure that your child attends the correct audition time for his or her age.  There is no fee to audition, and no résumé is required.

Audition attire for girls is solid-color leotard, pink tights and ballet shoes, with hair in a bun.  Audition attire for boys is white tee, black tights or leggings, socks and ballet shoes.  

There will be a mandatory parents meeting for parents of accepted dancers only
on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm.  Please review carefully the children’s rehearsal schedule, which can be downloaded at http://www.daytonperformingarts.org/files/uploaded/_pdfs/2016_Nutcracker_Rehearsal.pdf.  If your child cannot be at every rehearsal (no more than one excused absence for illness is permitted), please do not allow him/her to audition. All casting is final, and no changes can be made based on personal schedule.

For additional information about Dayton Ballet auditions for children’s roles, please contact Dayton Ballet at (937) 449-5060.  More information on auditions can be found online at www.daytonperformingarts.org/Nutcracker2016Auditions. 

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About the Dayton Ballet
The second-oldest ballet company in the United States, Dayton Ballet is known internationally as "The Company of Premieres." As one of the top three dance companies in the nation that produces and presents new work, as well as the only dance company to establish a fund designated specifically to create new full-length 21st-century ballets, the organization takes special pride in having celebrated its 75th anniversary in the 2012–2013 season.   Dayton Ballet hosts a season of four performances that includes familiar traditional ballets, the classic family-friendly holiday staple The Nutcracker, and new and innovative works. Our "homes" are the historic 1,139 seat Victoria Theatre and the state-of-the-art Schuster Center, which accommodates 2,300 patrons. Over 40 performances are presented in the two venues throughout the season. While performances are Dayton Ballet's most high-profile events, it is our commitment to dance education, training, and outreach that remains at the core of our existence and allows us to develop future audiences through the Dayton Ballet II Company, featuring pre-professional training and performing and our local association with Muse Machine. In addition, our Non-Profit Partners Program allows us to work with community agencies assisting special populations by distributing 1,000 tickets to at-risk youths, senior citizens, handicapped or terminally ill individuals and military families so that they may experience the joy of a ballet performance. Numerous adults enjoy pre-performance lectures and post-performance discussions with Dayton Ballet dancers, choreographers, and other artists.

About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. 
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