Child Dance Auditions for "The Nutcracker"

The Louisville Ballet Announces Auditions for Children

Nutcracker in Louisville, KY

Has your child been studying dance? Are they interested in taking their moves out of the dance studio and onto a professional stage? If you think your child has what it takes to perform with The Louisville Ballet in an annual holiday performance, read on. Here's the skinny on children's auditions for The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.

When are auditions for The Nutcracker held?

Typically dance audition for The Brown-Forman Nutcracker are held in August.
Contact the Louisville Ballet at (502) 583-3150 or for details.

Where do they have the dance auditions?

At the Louisville Ballet, 315 E. Main St. between Preston and Floyd Streets.

About the auditons

Some years auditions for The Brown-Forman Nutcracker are opened to the public. In 2013, it was the first time the auditions were open since 2009. At that time, 20 children were cast for this annual holiday favorite. Coming from local dance students, along with kids who have been training in the Louisville Ballet School, the children were active performers throughout the holiday show run. The Brown-Forman Nutcracker runs throughout the holiday season at The Kentucky Center. When the auditions are open, the Louisville Ballet expects over 100 local children, aged 7-18, to compete for the open dance positions.

"The Nutcracker has been a part of Louisville’s holiday landscape for over 50 years. Thanks to a generous gift from the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Louisville Ballet as able to create a completely refreshed and new production which premiered in December 2009. Based on a concept from Artistic Director Bruce Simpson and realized through the imaginations of acclaimed choreographer Val Caniparoli and world-renowned designer Peter Cazalet, this version of The Nutcracker has a decidedly Louisville feel – drawing images like the St.

James Fountain and Derby Jockeys into the production. Magic elements created specifically for this ballet by master illusionist, Marshall Magoon, complete this amazing experience."

More Holiday Fun

While the auditions are typically during the end of summer, they have everyone thinking about holiday fun in Louisville, KY. The winter months, while chilly and can require a change of attire, are full of homegrown entertainment.

About Louisville Ballet

Located in Louisville, KY, Louisville Ballet is a performing arts company and a dance school. It is the state ballet of The Commonwealth of Kentucky. The company was founded in 1952, gaining professional status in 1975, the first year dance students were accepted. The dance season typically runs from September through April. Although the fall and spring productions change each season, the Louisville Ballet always performs The Nutcracker during the holiday season. These holiday performances are sponsored by the Brown-Forman Corporation—distillers of many favorite Kentucky bourbons—who helped fund the production's creation.

This ballet is one of the holiday favorites for local residents and visitors alike (others include Actors Theatre of Louisville's annual staging of A Christmas Carol and holiday shows at Derby Dinner Playhouse).

How to Enroll in Louisville Ballet Classes

The ballet offers classes for both children and adults. There are two studio locations. Different classes are offered at each location, where to take a class can depend on a student's preference. Some dancers are more interested in location, while other student's choose a class according to schedule. The downtown location is 315 E. Main St., Louisville, KY. More classes are offered at the St. Matthews location, 4121 Shelbyville Rd. If you are interested in learning more about what classes are offered, visit the Louisville Ballet School website.