Nutcracker Participation


Conditions permitting, we will once again present our signature production LIVE at The Performing Arts Complex at PCS December 11, 12, 17 (Sensory-Friendly), 18 & 19, 2021.

Nutcracker Auditions:

Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 28

11:45-12:15 – Primary Division

12:30-1:30 – Intermediate Division

1:45-2:45pm Advanced 1/2 Dancers

3:00-4:00pm Advanced 3 Dancers

4:15-5:30pm Advanced 4/5/PPP Dancers

Pre-registration is required. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your audition. Photos will follow each audition class.

Our Mandatory Nutcracker Kick Off Meeting will be held via Zoom on Friday, September 2 and 7:30pm.


Rehearsals & Performance:

Please contact the Front Desk with any questions at 303.466.5685

Performances will be held on December 11, 12, 17 (Sensory-Friendly), 18 & 19, 2021


2021 Participation Requirements:

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

  • All dancers interested in participating in The Nutcracker must complete all summer and fall course requirements listed below.
  • Completion of all course requirements guarantees a dancer a role in this year’s production.
  • Those unable to complete course requirements may opt to audition for the production with no guarantee of being cast.
  • Dancers auditioning without having met summer course requirements must still complete all fall course requirements.
  • Dancer is 7 years old or older by August 28, 2021 (no exceptions)
  • Dancer has performed in at least one CCD Gala production or possess equivalent performance experience (as approved by the Artistic Director)
  • Mandatory performance photo/video/and t-shirt fee: $100.00 per family (siblings pay $20 for t-shirts)
  • Additional t-shirts are $25.00 each and must be purchased by the September 2, 2021 during the Mandatory Kick Off Meeting
  • Families must provide an active credit card number, which will be charged the necessary amount
  • Participation fee for those who have not completed summer and fall requirements: $350.00. This fee helps CCD offset lost tuition revenue for summer and goes directly to production costs.
  • Dancers who are able to fulfill CCD’s summer training requirements are automatically accepted into the production (an audition is still required for casting purposes), and their participation fee will be waived.
  • Families must provide an active credit card number, which will be charged the necessary amount. (Alternative financial arrangements are available–please contact the CCD front desk at 303-466-5685 or info@ccdance.org for more information.)

Summer 2021 training and other requirements: 

  • Primary and Intermediate dancers must take 3 weeks of summer camp.
  • Advanced dancers must take at least 4 weeks of summer intensive.
  • In addition to the minimum camp/intensive requirement, the dancer must attend a minimum of the following ballet technique classes in dancer level during the summer (this includes Ballet Technique classes taken as part of their camp/intensive or Interim Classes during June or August).*
    • Primary – 6 Ballet Technique classes at CCD
    • Intermediate 1 – 8 Ballet Technique classes at CCD
    • Intermediate 2 & 3 – 12 Ballet Technique classes at CCD
    • Advanced 1 & 2 – 20 Ballet Technique classes (8 minimum at CCD)
    • Advanced 3/4/5/PPP – 30 Ballet Technique classes (10 minimum at CCD)
  • *Requirements are number of Ballet Technique classes attended, not hours. Pointe, Technique Intensive, and other specialty dance classes and private lessons do not count towards these requirements. Non-CCD intensives must be approved by the Artistic Director.

Fall 2021-2022 Season Requirements: 

Dancer must be currently enrolled at CCD, taking the following classes per week (all CCD course prerequisites must be met):

  • Primary 1 & 2 
    • Minimum of one ballet class
  • Primary 3 
    • Minimum of two ballet classes
  • Intermediate 1 & 2
    • Minimum of three classes
  • Intermediate 3
    • Minimum of five classes
  • Advanced 1
    • Women: minimum of eight classes
    • Men: minimum of seven classes
  • Advanced 2
    • Women: minimum of nine classes
    • Men: minimum of seven classes
  • Advanced 3
    • Women: minimum of ten classes
    • Men: minimum of eight classes
  • Advanced 4 & 5
    • Women: minimum of eleven classes
    • Men: minimum of nine classes
  • Pre-Professional Program
    • Enrolled in all Pre-Professional Program classes

For all attendance, fundraising and volunteer support, please ask for the sample Nutcracker Contracts available at the front desk.

Studio Company Participation:

Studio Company is a year long commitment that is separate from participation in The Nutcracker. Please visit the Studio Company page for more information, including audition date and time, for all information relating to Studio Company.

Photo by Misha Photography

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