The Detroit Opera House regularly holds auditions throughout the year for dancers of all ages for its productions, including The Nutcracker.  For information on auditions, contact Kim Smith, or visit the companies' direct links, below.

Nutcracker (children)

Detroit Opera House
Children’s Nutcracker Auditions 2014
BalletMet Columbus - Michigan Opera Theatre

Friday, October 3, 2014

Detroit Opera House
Ford Center for Learning

Broadway Street entrance – Take elevator to 6th Floor – Chrysler Theatre

Madison Ave Stage Door entrance – Take elevator to 3rd Floor – Boll Hall

(See times below)

4:00-6:00 Girls & Boys currently taking ballet classes with at least 4 years previous ballet training
Ages 12 and up, Height 5'8" and under

6:00 – 7:00 Girls & Boys currently taking ballet classes with at least 2 years previous ballet training
Ages 8-12, Height 4'9"-5'6"

7:00 – 8:00 Girls & Boys currently taking ballet classes with at least 2 years previous ballet training
Ages 8-12, Height under 4'9"

Call Backs
All dancers called back need to return at 8:15 p.m.

If needed, dancers should be prepared to stay for more than one audition
All dancers must be age eight (8) by October 3, 2014

First Rehearsals (MANDATORY) at the Detroit Opera House: 
Saturday, Oct. 4 Between 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, Oct. 5   Between 10:00am – 5:00pm
More specific times for each role/each day will be handed out at the audition

All following rehearsals will take place on Saturdays and/or Sundays
at the Detroit Opera House

November 28, 29 & 30, 2014 at the Detroit Opera House (5 performances)

Fri 11/28/14 2:30PM
Fri 11/28/14 7:30PM
Sat 11/29/14 2:30PM
Sat 11/29/14 7:30PM
Sun 11/30/14 2:30PM

Audition Attire
Girls: Dark leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers
Hair pulled back in a bun.
Boys: White T-Shirt, dark tights, ballet slippers

Please Note
No parents admitted to the audition

Nutcracker Hotline: 313. 961-3500 press 6 then ext. 3290

Dance Company Auditions



Ballet Detroit will offer world-class Vaganova method classical ballet education in Detroit for the serious ballet dancer.  In the beautiful setting of the studios at the Detroit Opera House, acclaimed artistic director and ballet master Sergey Rayevskiy will work with the highest quality instructors and professionals from around the world to offer students the training, exposure and performance opportunities required to be a professional ballet dancer.

Mr. Rayevskiy has trained many world-class dancers including Patricia Zhou (Staats Ballet de Berlin), Precious Adams (English National Ballet), Portia Adams (San Francisco Ballet school), Airi Suzuki (Humburg Ballet school), Wilson Livingston (School of American Ballet), Isaak Jones (Eugine Ballet Company), Devin Tokarski (Ballet de Moines), Haley Schwan (Staats Ballet de Berlin), Kailey Kaba (Finnish National Ballet) and has students currently studying in ballet programs around the world, including Kirov Academy of Ballet, Vaganova School, Bolshoi School of Ballet and School of American Ballet. Admission and placement will be by audition on August 31,2014 at the Detroit Opera House.

For information about Detroit Ballet auditions, email