Nutcracker & Studio Company Participation

Nutcracker Participation

Annual December performances of The Nutcracker are a beloved American tradition, and they’re a cornerstone of CCD’s performance season. Students and community members ages 5* to 70 perform alongside world class international guest artists and local professionals, in a luscious production at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School in North Denver.

2018 Mini & Nutcracker Cast Packets are available at the front desk. 

Audition

Nutcracker auditions will be held August 25, 2018. Please see below for Participation Requirements. Sample contracts can be found at the front desk at CCD.

Saturday, August 25

  • 12:00-12:45pm – Minis & Primary Division
  • 1:00-2:00pm – Intermediate Division
  • 2:15-3:30pm – Advanced 1 & 2 Division
  • 3:45-5:00pm – Advanced 3, 4 & PPP Division

Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to auditions.

Parents, please come inside with your dancer!

Rehearsals & Performance

Rehearsals are generally every Saturday (except Labor Day and Thanksgiving weekends, when possible) beginning on September 8. Detailed schedules will be handed out at the mandatory Nutcracker Kickoff Meeting on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Performances will happen at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School on December 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16, 2018, with mandatory dress rehearsals December 4-7 & 11-14.

Participation Requirements

In order to participate in CCD’s annual Nutcracker performance, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Nutcracker Mini’s are those ages 5 & 6. To be eligible for the main Nutcracker cast, you must be 7 years old by Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Must have performed in at least one CCD Gala production (or equivalent to be approved by Artistic Director)
  • There is a non-refundable fee of $225 to participate in The Nutcracker
  • Fairytale Ballet Camp (Primary levels 1-3) –  3 full weeks of summer camp to participate in Nutcracker (9 ballet technique classes)
  • Intermediate 1, 2 & 3 Camp – 3 full weeks of summer camp to participate in Nutcracker (9 ballet technique classes)
  • Accelerate! levels – will be placed in one of the above levels for the summer, 3 full weeks of summer camp to participate in Nutcracker (9 ballet technique classes)
  • Advanced Levels:
    • Must take at least 4 full weeks of summer dance camp at CCD or an approved national summer program during the summer of 2018
    • Within your 4 full weeks of summer dance camp, attend a minimum of the following ballet classes during the summer camp:
      • Advanced 1 – 4 weeks as a minimum = 20 ballet classes (8 minimum at CCD)
      • Advanced 2/3/4/PPP – 4 weeks as a minimum = 30 ballet classes (10 minimum at CCD)

For Intermediate through PPP Divisions, ballet classes missed during the summer dance camp can be made up during the interim classes to meet the requirements listed above.  Interim weeks are June 4 – June 15 and July 30 – Aug 10.  

Please note requirements are number of ballet technique classes attended, not number of hours. Pointe, intensive, specialty dance classes, and private lessons do not count toward these requirements.

Fall 2018-2019 Season Requirements:

Dancer must be currently enrolled at CCD, taking the following classes:

  • Primary 1 & 2 
    • Minimum of one ballet class
  • Primary 3 
    • Minimum of two ballet classes
  • Intermediate 1 & 2
    • Minimum of two ballet classes
    • AND one additional ballet or jazz class
  • Intermediate 3
    • Minimum of three ballet classes
    • AND two of the following: additional ballet, jazz or modern
  • Advanced 1
    • Minimum of three ballet classes
    • Two pre-pointe classes (ladies)/one Men’s class (men)
    • AND three of the following: additional ballet, contemporary, jazz, or modern
  • Advanced 2
    • Minimum of three ballet classes
    • Three beginning pointe (ladies)/one Men’s class (men)
    • AND three of the following: additional ballet, contemporary, jazz or modern.
  • Advanced 3
    • Minimum of four ballet classes
    • Three pointe (ladies)/one Men’s class (men)
    • AND three of the following: additional ballet, contemporary, jazz or modern
  • Advanced 4
    • Minimum of five ballet classes
    • Three pointe (ladies)/one Men’s class (men)
    • AND three of the following: additional ballet, contemporary, jazz or modern
  • Pre-Professional Program
    • Enrolled in all Pre-Professional Program classes

Studio Company Participation

Studio Company is a year long commitment that includes participation in The Nutcracker. All Studio Company members must also meet the same Nutcracker Participation requirements as above. Please visit the Studio Company page for more information, including audition date and time.  

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