Cincinnati Ballet
Young Performers

Each year, Cincinnati Ballet auditions talented young performers to be part of our upcoming productions. This is a unique opportunity to dance alongside Company dancers and gain experience in professional productions.

The 2023-2024 Season will include opportunities to participate in
The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty: The Untold Story.

Audition Candidates

Participation in Cincinnati Ballet productions is by audition only.


Candidates must be ages 8 and up by the audition date.
COVID-19 vaccination recommended but not required.


Casting notices will be sent via email.

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September 10, 2023

The Nutcracker

Dancer and Gymnast Auditions

Cincinnati Ballet is looking for talented young dancers and gymnasts to be part of our upcoming production of The Nutcracker.

Audition Fee: $25

Online pre-registration for this audition closes
Friday, September 8, at 12:00 PM (EST).


LOCATION: Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance, 1801 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

AUDITION CHECK-IN: Check in will open 30 minutes prior to audition. Please check in at least 10 minutes prior to the audition start time.

WHAT TO WEAR: Either a black leotard, ballet pink or flesh-toned tights, and ballet slippers OR white shirt, black tights or leggings, and ballet slippers. Hair pulled back and neatly secured.

WHAT TO PREPARE: Dancers do not need any prepared material for the audition. Gymnasts should be comfortable performing cartwheels, back-walkovers, and round-off back handsprings. Audition participants may be excused early or asked to stay longer. Your patience is appreciated.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Please check the anticipated rehearsal schedule above. Audition participants must be available to attend all performances and mandatory rehearsals. Please note: not every role will be called to every rehearsal.

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Young PerfoRmers




1801 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45202