Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Saturday, September 15
London School of Dance
Sunday, September 16
Toby’s School of Dance
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See the Promo Video
STEP 1: Sign-Up Online
STEP 2: Complete & Bring to Audition
Saturday, November 17
3:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, November 18
SMU McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
* Do NOT purchase tickets until you know which performance your dancer has been cast in!
Q: What is the cost for children dancers to participate in the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker performance?
A: It is FREE to Audition. There is a Casting Fee of $60.
Q: Who is the Moscow Ballet Company and how/when do they tour the USA?
A: The Moscow Ballet Company’s operational headquarters are located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. They are a for-profit company that brings dancers from Russia to perform seasonally inside the USA. The Russian dancers travel as a tour group throughout North America, performing during the fall/winter in many different U.S. cities. The company is made up of two tour groups: a Northern tour group and a Southern tour group. Texas hosts the Southern tour group each year. In Dallas, Toby McPheeters and Gwen Owens direct the children’s cast for the Dallas production. In early September of each year, there are two auditions for children dancers to support the Dallas production.
Q: Where are the audition sites for children interested in participating in the cast for the Dallas shows?
A: Auditions are held in September of each year. Audition sites for children dancers are London School of Dance in Garland and Toby’s School of Dance in Richardson.
Q: What does the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker provide to the children’s cast?
A: The Moscow Ballet provides the costumes. The students are required to provide the undergarments such as a sleeveless camisole leotard in flesh color or pink. “Mice” performers wear a black leotard under their costume
Q: Who teaches the children their dance parts?
A: Local ballet instructors teach the Russian set versions for the children during weekend classes/rehearsals.
Q: How many rehearsals are required and how important is attendance?
A: There are seven rehearsals and attendance is mandatory. If a dancer will need to miss multiple rehearsals, this should be discussed with a teacher. Missing excessive rehearsals may result in the dancer being dismissed from the cast.
Q: How are dancer parts and casting assigned?
A: Dance parts are generally set based on height and dress size as well as ability to dance. Costumes are provided by the Moscow Ballet and are only available in limited sizes. Casting decisions are made by local dance auditions, teachers evaluations, and by the Moscow Ballet’s Mistress’ judgement. Casting decisions are final and are NOT negotiable.
Advanced Dancers: Dancers must have extensive ballet & pointe experience in order to perform second act divertissements. At a minimum, a single pirouette en pointe is expected with solid ballet technique.
Mice Roles: Often teenage dancers are recruited for “mouse” roles. These roles are fun for dancers because the mice appear on stage multiple times during the production.
Q: I have questions that aren’t addressed here. Who should I speak to and how should I reach them?
A: Please email or phone. Teachers are very focused on the children during rehearsals and this is not a good time to talk to parents. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will respond to you within 24 hours.
We encourage every dancer age 8 and older to audition and experience the magic of performing in a professional environment on a large stage!
Governance by the Moscow Ballet Company: These pre-performance and performance rules are set by the Moscow Ballet company. They require all venues to work very hard with them and to adhere to their requirements for the safety and enjoyment of the Nutcracker production for everyone. Children need to be willing and able to follow instructions for the benefit of the short rehearsal times and the professional company performances.
Toby’s School of Dance – Artisitic Director, Sally Andriot