“The Nutcracker Ballet”
Audition 2021


HOT SPRINGS– – – Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company welcomes dancers of all ages and abilities to our annual Nutcracker Ballet Auditions on Saturday, September 11, 2021. The Nutcracker is a holiday classic that is perfect for the beginner, yet also a marvelous experience for the well-trained ballet student. Be a part of this wonderful performance that will foster your love of dance and enable you to share the joy of ballet with others. This Christmas favorite will provide students with the wonderful opportunity to share the stage with Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theater’s talented guest professional dancers from around the country. Join us at the auditions to be a part of this magical production!

The Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company and the Hot Springs community have been proudly presenting the yule tide holiday classic for the past eight years.  Performance dates will be November 26 & 27 and December 3 & 4, 2021.  The cost to audition is $10.00.   Rehearsal are held during the fall on Saturday’s from 11am – 4:30pm., in addition to weeknights required for more challenging roles.  The first act of The Nutcracker involves several character acting roles which provides an excellent way to develop an actor’s skills in self presentation, movement and stage presence.   The audition is open to the public and all schools.

Under the direction of Artistic Director and Choreographer, Edmond Cooper, those chosen will have a wonderful experience to learn the nuances of a ballet performer taken as seriously as any professional dance organization.  The auditions are open for dancers from the entire community and every dance studio that is interested in a professional experience are invited. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone from the professionals to students trained in various styles of dancing.

Edmond Cooper, a native of Hot Springs, is a former professional touring performer and acclaimed choreographer. His talent, energy, and vision breathe life in the dance company every day, on all levels. He has returned home to Hot Springs, to be close to family and to dedicate himself fully in this Dance Theatre endeavor, and the Arkansas audience is discovering how entertaining these performances are to experience.

The audition is open to both girls and boys ages 5 and up.  Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to the audition time to allow time to register. At the audition, students will do a ballet barre and learn a small excerpt of material, and then will be asked to dance. A parent or guardian must be present for students under 18 years of age to sign appropriate waiver.

  • Female students are required to wear designated attire: black or blue leotards, pink or flesh tone tights (no leggings or panty hose), and pink ballet slippers.
  • Male students should wear tights, biking shorts or shorts, a fitted t-shirt or leotard, and black ballet slippers.
  • Female students are required to have their hair groomed neatly in a bun.


Nutcracker Auditions will be held on September 11, 2021, as follows :

9am – 10am 6-9-year-old dancers

10am -11:30am 10–12-year-old dancers

11:30am – 1pm Ages 13+ dancers, including pointe shoes, as applicable.