Clara's Dream & Bay Area Ballet Youth Company

September 8, 2018


Bay Area Ballet Conservatory will be holding auditions for its December production of Clara's Dream, an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman's classic Nutcracker tale, as well as the Bay Area Ballet Youth Company.

Audition | Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Bay Area Ballet Conservatory, Studio 1

Audition Fee | $20 per dancer, non-refundable

Dancers will need to bring a printed headshot/school photo, complete an audition registration form and pay audition fee at the audition registration. 


Group 1 | Pre Ballet 2, Level 1A, Level 1B

  • Registration 12:30pm-12:50pm
  • Audition 1pm-2pm 

Group 2 | Level 2, Level 3, Elementary, Intermediate

  • Registration 1:30pm-1:50pm
  • Audition 2pm-3pm

Group 3* | Level 4A, Level 4B, Level 5, Level 6

  • Registration 2:30pm-2:50pm
  • Audition 3pm-4:30pm

*To be considered for Bay Area Ballet Youth Company, dancers auditioning in Group 3 will note interest on his/her Audition Registration Form. 

To Pre Register:

Submit Audition Registration Form and Head shot/School Photo to and pay $10 Audition Fee before September 1, 2018. 

Participation Fees & Deadlines

(All fees are per dancer, not per family. Fees are non-refundable) 

$150 | Pre Ballet 2 dancers

$200 | Dancers cast in one role*

$300 | Dancers cast in two roles


*Dancers cast in one role and one understudy role with be charged $200

Participation fee will be due by September 15, 2018. Dancers with unpaid participation fee will not be permitted to begin rehearsals, thus subject to being dismissed from the production. Families in need of a payment plan may contact to make arrangements. 

Bay Area Ballet Youth Company participation fee - Half ($300) will be due September 15, 2018 and the remaining balance ($300) due  January 7, 2019.

Participation fees are non-refundable. Dancers who need to withdraw from any production or Bay Area Ballet Youth Company for any reason (dismissal from cast, illness, injury, family emergency, lost interest, etc) will not be refunded.  

Clara's Dream Eligibility Requirements

Dancers enrolled in a minimum of one ballet class per week at Bay Area Ballet Conservatory, levels Pre Ballet 2- 6, are eligible to audition.

Dancer must maintain enrollment for the 2018-19 School Session. Should dancer withdraw from his/her minimum required ballet classes at Bay Area Ballet Conservatory, dancer forfeits role in the production and participation fees are not refunded.

Dancers must be available to attend the following rehearsal / performance dates:

September 22, 29

October 6, 13, 20, 27

November 3, 10*, 17

December 1, 8, 10 (tentative evening rehearsal)

December 15 - Mandatory Technical & Dress Rehearsal

December 16 - 2PM performance at Terra Nova Theater, Pacifica

*BABC is closed for classes on November 10, but Clara's Dream rehearsals will still be held.

Short, additional rehearsals (for soloists and divertissements in Levels 5 or 6) may occasionally be scheduled after their last class during the week.

Cast is permitted one excused absence before December 1, if submitted at the time of audition. Participants are urged to strive for perfect attendance and zero tardiness to rehearsals. Participants who miss rehearsals or are frequently tardy are subject to being recast or replaced, at the discretion of the Artistic Director. This includes rehearsals missed due to schedule conflicts, emergencies, illness and injury.

Bay Area Ballet Youth Company Eligibility Requirements

BABYC is open to Pre Professional Division dancers in Levels 4A, 4B, 5 and 6 who meet or exceed the minimum requirements for their level. BABYC dancers who are Intermediate or Advanced Pointe students must be enrolled in a Character Dance class. 

BABYC dancers participate in the Clara's Dream production, community events, as well the spring production of Don Quixote and Other Works. Spring production dates will be released soon. Select pieces of BABYC repertoire will also be performed at the 2nd Annual Student Concert in June 2019.

Saturday rehearsals for BABYC will resume mid to late January 2019.


Saturday rehearsals range from 1-3 hours, depending, running from 12:30pm-6pm. Younger participants' in-studio rehearsals are typically one hour in length. Participants cast in two roles should anticipate attending two, one hour rehearsals.

Rehearsal schedule will be kept updated online and posted at the studio. Participants and Families are responsible for frequently checking the posted schedules. Any changes made to the weekly schedule will be made/posted on Sunday for upcoming week. 


  • 12pm-12:30pm Chinese Soloist
  • 12:30pm-1pm Chinese - All
  • 1pm-2pm Angels & Cherubs
  • 2pm-2:15pm Baker
  • 2:15pm-3:15pm Baker & Ginger Snaps
  • 4pm-5pm Arabian - All
  • 5pm-6pm Walz of the Flowers - All



What should I wear to the audition? Dancers must wear their level's uniform and hair in a bun. Dancers in intermediate or advanced pointe are to bring their pointe shoes in to the studio - the audition will begin in flat shoes.

I missed the audition - can my dancer still be considered? If a dancer misses the September 8 audition, an inquiry to the Artistic Director may be made before September 19, 2018.  If Artistic Director determines room in the cast can be found, dancer will be cast on a trial basis, as Artistic Director is doing a blind casting. Inquiries made after September 19 will not be considered. For the best opportunity, dancers are strongly advised to be physically present for the audition.

Why is my dancer measured at the audition? Measurements are taken for costuming purposes. 

What happens at the audition? The choreographer teaches phrases from the ballet, then views dancers executing the material. This allows choreographer to view technical ability, artistic ability and how dancers work in a group or individually. The choreographer is also observing the auditioning dancer's ability to focus, pick up choreography and musicality. 

How many dancers will be accepted? An effort will be made to cast all dancers who audition.  Behavior, ability to focus during a rehearsal, age and ability are all taken in to consideration.  

When will casting be released? Preliminary casting will be released on Monday, September 10. Participation fees are due September 15, and rehearsals begin September 22. 

Will the rehearsal schedule stay the same each week? Not necessarily, especially early on in the rehearsal season. Please check the rehearsal schedule every week.

What time(s) are the Monday rehearsals? These rehearsals are 6:30pm-8pm and are in-studio runs of the full ballet. 

May I view the audition or rehearsals? No, the audition and rehearsals are closed. Parents will enjoy seeing the magic of the end product on stage at the performance.

Are parents required to volunteer backstage? No, parents will not be required to volunteer backstage as there is only one performance. Each family will be expected to volunteer in some capacity. The production will need help in the following areas:

Rehearsal Monitors - In Studio

Rehearsal Monitors - Dress Rehearsal

Build Props

Costume Manager

Costume Aides - Assist in altering/mending costumes

Performance Ushers

 Concessions - Before & After Performance

Marketing / PR

Program Writer

Graphic Design

Load In & Strike - Weekend of Performance