Ballet performance experiences for individuals with extra-sensory and other special needs.
North Pointe Ballet offers performance opportunities for students from local dance studios to audition for children’s roles. NPB believes that the experience of performing alongside professional dancers develops confidence needed in young performers and inspires youth to become life-long arts advocates.
Bringing together young dancers of multiple backgrounds, varied levels of training, and different dance schools creates diversity in the cast, encourages teamwork, and develops unique friendships and shared experiences building bonds that extend beyond the studio and stage.
View this pre-recorded “Nutcracker Town Hall” presentation from Executive Artistic Director, Janet Dziak, so you know what to expect for this year’s production prior to auditioning. You can also view the slideshow presentation here.
Students dancers ages 6-18 are invited to audition for NPB’s 2023 production of The Nutcracker on Sunday, August 13 at Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School, 611 Bagley Rd, Berea, OH.
Audition slots are as follows:
- Ages 6-8, 12:00-12:50pm
- Ages 9-11 (plus 6-8 call backs), 1:00-1:50pm
- Ages 12-14 (plus 9-11 call backs), 2:00-3:15pm
- Ages 15-18 (plus 12-14 call backs), 3:30-4:45pm
What You Need to Know to Audition:
- Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your age group’s audition slot. These slots reflect the age of the dancer at the time of the audition.
- Performances will be held at the Lorain Palace Theatre, December 1-3. Select roles may perform in the Encore weekend, Dec 15-17 at Berea High School Auditorium. Please indicate your availability for the second weekend on the audition form. Depending on the number of dancers who audition, NPB may consider double casting. In the event we are unable to accommodate everyone in one cast, we will split the dancers into cast A and cast B for the Lorain weekend.
- Most rehearsals will be held on Sundays between 12pm and 5pm, beginning on August 27, at Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School. Specific rehearsal times will be assigned based on role/scene. Dancers must also be available for theater rehearsals November 26-30.
- Audition registration is required! Audition fee is $15.
Please fill out one form per dancer auditioning for a youth cast role in NPB’s production of The Nutcracker.
Please read each question carefully before submitting an application. This form MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE TIME OF YOUR DANCER’S AUDITION ON AUGUST 13.
Anyone who submits their application by August 4 will receive access to audition prep videos sent to the email address provided on August 7. PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK SPELLING ON EMAIL ADDRESS!
Please plan to stay for a parent information session during your child’s audition time. NPB hopes to effectively communicate and discuss topics in person prior to the busy rehearsal season and can answer questions directly. Parent information sessions will be held in the conference room down the hall from the studios.
“Being able to dance alongside professionals at this age is such a great learning experience. Something I tend to struggle with is self confidence (along with many other teen girls). Dance is a place that sometimes can make me feel pretty good about myself. When I get positive comments and feedback on my dancing it really lifts my self esteem. An example is during sleeping beauty I was starting to get a bit down on myself wondering of dance was really for me because I felt as if I was not improving and not standing out. Then, one night at tech during notes Melaina made a comment on how great my feet looked in front of everyone, and that honestly made me feel so confident. I realized I was improving, I was impressing my teachers, and that made me feel amazing. During these past few years I have learned to take dance more seriously, paying close attention in class, thinking about using all of my strength and focusing on corrections. My technique and confidence has improved so much by dancing with NPB.”
“We love NPB because not only does it give her an extra push to work hard, the company’s mission is amazing. After spending time doing the outreaches last year I watched my daughter learn about the power of dance and it’s ability to reach people. She would talk my ear off on the way home about how fun it was to reach out to the students who never have seen a ballerina! She has such a passion for the elderly and her favorite visit was to the nursing home. While many children shy away from the potential awkwardness of talking with elderly strangers, she loves it! She was so happy to learn about the other side of NPB. She expressed a desire to use her dance skills to reach people like NPB does on their outreaches. So while learning to dance, experiencing the theater and making great friends are all very important, my desire is for my daughter to have a heart for others. The mission and values of NPB align so well with what I want for my daughter.”
“We began participating in North Pointe Ballet classes and performances in 2017. Several friends of ours had participated prior to us and had fantastic things to say about the directors, dancers and their experience from start to finish so we thought we’d try it out. They were right… the entire experience has been amazing!”
“We choose to be a part of NPB for many reasons. Our daughter loves to dance but it doesn’t always come easily. From the audition process to the rehearsals to the performances, each and every company member is supportive. They interact with the student dancers and encourage them to be their best. Almost every week, our daughter leaves rehearsal with a big smile on her face and proceeds to tell us all about the funny things that happened (especially regarding the company dancers). It brings her great joy to be around these professionals who also love to dance and know how to have fun while doing it!”
“Thank you so much for providing a safe place to let my little dancer do her thing. It left a very positive mark on her, and based on this, she is asking to do more dance stuff. I also really appreciate all the work put in to make the performance more culturally sensitive and inclusive. Love and appreciate your mission and hard work.”
“First experience was amazing! This is a wonderful organization and for someone new to this, I felt it was very organized! Thank you!!”
“Your consideration of safety protocols while still in the midst of a pandemic is remarkable.”
“You are all wonderful! Very professional, yet you make the experience both memorable & fun for both students and their parents.”