During their annual summer residency at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), New York City Ballet presents a magical season of performances that enchants audiences of all ages. For 2019, the acclaimed ballet company will host auditions for Saratoga area children and teens who would like to dance with them at SPAC on July 16-20.
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On Sunday, March 10, at 1:00pm, New York City Ballet Children’s Ballet Master Dena Abergel will lead auditions at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. These auditions will be for approximately 50 children and teen roles in George Balanchine’s Coppélia and Mozartiana, which New York City Ballet will perform throughout their summer season at SPAC.
Coppélia is considered one of the best comedic ballets of the 19th century by many, and it premiered in Saratoga Springs in 1974. The ballet reflects Balanchine’s belief in the importance of the performance tradition for young people, as the large cast includes 36 children and teens.
New York City Ballet is looking to fill roles for 24 girls who are between four feet, two inches and four feet, eleven inches tall. In addition, there will be roles for six girls, ages 14-18, who are between five feet, two inches and five feet, six inches, and boys ages 14-18 who are five feet, five inches or taller. Understudies will be cast as well.
Mozartiana is one of Balanchine’s last works and it is choreographed to a Tchaikovsky composition derived from Mozart piano pieces. This summer, Mozartiana will be performed as part of New York City Ballet’s Tchaikovsky and Balanchine program at SPAC.
The Mozartiana auditions will include roles for four girls and two understudies ages 9-12 with advanced ballet technique. They must also be between four feet, six inches and four feet, ten inches tall. Applicants for these roles should have at least two years of ballet training.
On March 10, audition check-in will begin at 12:15pm at the National Music of Dance School of the Arts at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs.