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Ballet company hosts 'Nutcracker' auditions


Sat, Aug 29th 2015 07:00 am

Greater Niagara Ballet Company invites dancers to participate in holiday performances

"The Nutcracker," the Greater Niagara Ballet Company's annual family-friendly holiday show, returns Nov. 20-21 to the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center. The Beverley Feder-directed show features local dancers, guest artists and character performers.

Those looking to participate can audition Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Feder School of Classical Ballet, located within the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. (Enter through the purple door).

The schedule includes tryouts for the following:

Character dancers

•9-9:45 a.m. children ages 6-10: Dancers needed; some dance experience is necessary. Available roles include party scene and grand march children.

•9:45-10:30 a.m. children ages 8-12: Dancers needed; some dance experience is necessary. Available parts include battle scene participants, mice and soldiers.

•10:30-11 a.m. children ages 8-10: A dance or gymnastics background is necessary. Available positions include "Bon-Bons," Arabian handmaidens and butlers.

•11-11:30 a.m. children ages 12 and up: Dancers needed; dance experience is necessary. Available scenes include Act I party (maids and butler) and Act II jesters (gymnastics required).

Corps de Ballet and soloists

•12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Dancers ages 12 and up can audition for a spot performing with the GNBC Corps de Ballet or for a solo role. Corps parts include "Waltz of the Flowers," "Snowflakes," "Russian" and "Chinese." Solo parts include "Harlequin," "Columbine," "Drummers," "Dew Drop," "Spanish," "Candy Canes," "Chinese," "Russian" and "Arabian."

A dance background is necessary for these more-advanced numbers. Moreover, females must have strong pointe skills.

Clara and Fritz

Children interested in portraying the roles of Clara and Fritz must audition for at least one of the other parts.


Those auditioning should arrive in proper dance attire 20 minutes before tryout time. The participation fee is $50 per person and $40 for each additional family member.

For more information, call 716-285-6800.

General roles will be announced and rehearsals will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The Corps de Ballet will begin rehearsal at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

Visit the Greater Niagara Ballet Company online at www.greaterniagaraballetcompany.org.

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