For young dancers, few things are more exciting than the idea of dancing alongside the superstars of a prestigious ballet company. This summer, several dozen local children will have the opportunity to make that dream a reality by joining New York City Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Saratoga Performing Arts Center!
NYCB co-founder and A Midsummer Night’s Dream choreographer George Balanchine believed that it was important for children to have the opportunity to perform in major ballets, so he created the roles of fairies, butterflies, and pages in Midsummer for them.
The company will be holding auditions for the children’s roles on Sunday, March 13 at The School of the Arts of the National Museum of Dance. Doors will open at 9:30am, and auditions conducted by New York City Ballet’s Children’s Ballet Master Dena Abergel will begin at 10:00am.
New York City Ballet has given the following specifications for dancers it needs:
- One petite child, ages 7-9 and between 4’2″ – 4’4″ tall for a non-dancing role
- Girls ages 9-13 with at least 2 years of serious ballet training who measure 4’10” and below
Dancers taller than the maximum height requirement of 4’10” will not be eligible to audition. Those who are chosen must be available for rehearsals starting on July 5.
Audition forms are available online at dancemuseum.org and spac.org.