Tampa Bay area ballet students ages 7 to 17 are invited to 4 audition locations Friday, August 25 through Wednesday August 30 for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olga Aru. Auditions, as well as Master Classes, will take place in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Largo. The Moscow Ballet auditions are open to students from dance studios across the area with a minimum one year of ballet training. In addition, ballet students are invited to attend pre-audition Master Classes taught by Olga Aru. Dates, times, and locations are listed below. More audition information and sign up here: www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions.
The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Tuesday, December 26 and 27 at Duke Energy Center for the Arts’ Mahaffey Theater. Tickets here www.nutcracker.com/your-city.
Ballerina Olga Aru will lead auditions and rehearse the young dancers in their assigned roles. Successful auditionees perform side-by-side with the Moscow Ballet company in the Great Russian Nutcracker in roles which were created exclusively for their age and skill levels such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens and more. The young dancers will participate in dress rehearsal with the Russian company the day of the performance. This is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for aspiring young dancers. The Dance-with-Us program is in its 25th year of auditioning and rehearsing student dancers in each tour city to perform with the professional company. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.All auditionees must register at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auidtions and bring the printed registration to the audition.Please contact [email protected] for information about Tampa Bay auditions, fees, and requirements that may be over and above what is mentioned on here.
Auditions and Master Classes:
1.FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 – LARGO
Tutterow Dance Academy - 400 Alternate Keene Rd - Largo, FL 33771
Master class: 5:30-7:00 - $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
2.SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 - TAMPA
Dance Tampa - 8120 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL 33634
Audition: 2:30 - 3:00 pm
Master Class: 12:30 - 2:30 pm - $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
3.SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 – ST PETERSBURG
Mirror Lake Studios - 559 Mirror Lake Dr. No., St Petersburg, FL 33701
Audition: 6:30-8:00 pm
Master Class: 5:00-6:30pm - $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
4.MONDAY, AUGUST 28 - TAMPA
Dance Tampa - 8120 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL 33634 - 813-968-8099
Audition: 6:30-7:30 pm
Master Class - 5:00-6:15 pm $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
5.WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30 – CLEARWATER
Dance and Circus Arts - 1490 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765
Audition: 6:45-7:45 pm
Master Class: 5:30-6:45 pm - $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
Judith Lee Johnson Dance School is the longest continuously operating studio in St. Petersburg and is one of the longest operating and best known dance schools in Central Florida with 43 years of guiding scores of dancers into America's most prestigious ballet companies. Former students have danced with many ballet companies including three dancers invited to the New York City Ballet, and others to Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ohio Ballet and many other companies. The studio offers a variety of classes and special Master Classes. Johnson studied as a child with one of St. Petersburg's few dance teachers, Lois Eborn who took Judith for her first audition at NYC Ballet where she was invited to return every summer thereafter. She also went to Cuba and studied at the world renowned Alicia Alonso School in Havana. She was one of 60 teachers nationwide to be invited by NYC Ballet to attend a week long teacher's seminar with George Balanchine. Judith built her own studio when classes were bulging with more than 300 students and many area companies came to rehearse there including Florida West Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Bay Ballet Theatre, and Southern Ballet Theatre. Daniel Ulbricht was Judith’s first student to be accepted into New York City Ballet where he is now a Principal dancer. More than 20 of Judith’s students have been accepted into New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet!