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Audition for ‘Nutcracker Magical Christmas Ballet’

Young dancers ages 6 to 17 are invited to audition on Oct. 15 for the Dec. 24 show at Ryman Auditorium.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet is coming to Nashville on December 24 at Ryman Auditorium. Auditions for local children to participate in the performance will be held in partnership with Dance South Performing Arts on October 15. Young dancers ages 6 to 17 are invited to audition through Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet’s unique “Dance with Us” program.

Over its 31-year history of touring North America, close to 100,000 children have performed with the international casts of Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet. The 2023 production stars principal dancers from the great opera houses of Ukraine and features 40 world-class artists from Japan, Italy, Turkey and more providing young dancers with an exceptional opportunity for artistic growth and cross-cultural enrichment. 

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Which roles are being casted?

The audition is open to all area dance students. Children are cast as Party Children, Mice, Little Snowflakes, Star Sprites, Star Maidens and junior corps de ballet for the Act II Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabian and Slavic variations. All costumes are provided by the company.

What about rehearsals?

Following the initial rehearsal period, the children’s cast will rehearse prior to the show for 6-8 weeks at Dance South Performing Arts, in advance of the performance at the Ryman Auditorium. On the performance day, the children’s cast will be fitted for hand-sewn costumes designed by the highly acclaimed Arthur Oliver, followed by a dress rehearsal and the performance. There is no instruction fee charged, but Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet requires a Participation Fee from all youth dancers who are cast in the performance to help cover costume maintenance and other related administrative costs. Dancers can sign up to audition today at

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Special pricing is available for groups. Call 800-320-1733 or email


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.