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Over fourteen years ago in 2001, Gotta Dance began a dynamic partnership with Raritan Valley Community College, who proudly presents the Moscow Ballet's The Great Russian Nutcracker every holiday season. Moscow Ballet is an international ballet company that travels around the world taking part in a variety of productions. Every year this professional company tours with the treasured holiday production, The Nutcracker.

When the Moscow Ballet performs at Raritan Valley Community College, Gotta Dance students have an exclusive opportunity to audition for the 110 available children and teen roles. Auditions are held each year in late September. Dancers then rehearse from October to December, perfecting the choreography for performance. Students are cast in such roles as butterflies, mice, snowflakes, and even as children in the renowned party scene. 2016 auditions will be held on Sunday, October 2nd with rehearsals on Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th. Please view audition times on right.

REGISTER NOW THROUGH YOUR PORTAL BY
SELECTING SESSION AS "NUTCRACKER 16"


The Nutcracker tells the tale of toys that come to life on Christmas Eve set to the iconic music composed by Peter Tchaikovsky. The recognizable story and music excite all of the participating dancers. The range of characters presented within the story allows for a wide age range to audition and perform. Some of the youngest dancers are in 2nd grade while the oldest are in their last years of high school. Students love the opportunity to work and learn together in this thrilling environment outside of class.

Working with the Moscow Ballet gives dancers a unique opportunity to perform advanced choreography. Through this exposure to seasoned professionals, dancers learn how to perform with joy and technical precision outside of the traditional dance studio. For many Gotta Dance students, this is the first time they have the opportunity to perform in a full-length ballet. This often inspires a lifelong passion for dance while building confidence and ballet technique. Moscow Ballet has continuously recognized the skill and precision of Gotta Dance students who featured in the promotional DVD of the show. This video circulates around the country and is shown wherever the Moscow Ballet performs.

Click here for the Nutcracker Audition Form! - Please bring with you to audition!

Practice Material for Nutcracker Auditions 

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2016 NUTCRACKER CONTRACT (REQUIREMENTS & REHEARSAL INFORMATION)

Camisole PictureChild Camisole SizesAdult Camisole Size

Did you know you might be eligible to audition in more then one time slot?
See Below for what you qualify for:


GARNET BALLET-  NOT ELIGIBLE
 
TOPAZ BALLET-  Eligible for Snowflakes and Sled Girls, for heights 3'10"-4'7"
 
AMETHYST BALLET- Eligible for Snowflakes and Sled Girls, for heights 3'10"-4'7"
 
OPAL BALLET-  Eligible for Snowflakes for heights 3'10"-4'7"
                        Mice 4'7"-5'3"
                        Snow Maidens  4'7"-5'7"
                        Party  4'7"-5'0"
                        Pages  4'3"-4'11"
 
AQUA BALLET-  Eligible for Snowflakes for heights 3'10"-4'7"
                        Mice 4'7"-5'3"
                        Snow Maidens  4'7"-5'7"
                        Party  4'7"-5'0"
                        Pages  4'3"-4'11"
 
PEARL BALLET-  Eligible for Snow Maidens 4'7"-5'7"
                        Party 4'7"-5'0"
                        Pages  4'3"-4'11"
                        Mice  4'7"-5'3"
 
PERIDOT BALLET-  Eligible for Snow Maidens 4'7"-5'7"
                        Party 4'7"-5'0"
                        Pages  4'3"-4'11"
                        Mice  4'7"-5'3"
 
CITRINE BALLET-  Snow Maidens 4'7"-5'7"
                        Party 4'7"-5'0"
 
RUBY BALLET-  Act II Variations (pointe roles)  Spanish, Chinese, Russian (character), Snow Princesses
                        Snow Maidens  4'7"-5'7"
                        Party 4'7"-5'0"
 
SAPPHIRE BALLET AND UP-  Act II Variations, Snow Maidens
 
GARNET, TOPAZ, AMETHYST JAZZ-  NOT ELIGIBLE
 
OPAL JAZZ- PERIDOT JAZZ-  Mice 4'7"-5'3"
 
BROADWAY GRADES 1-3-  NOT ELIGIBLE
 
BROADWAY GRADES 4-7-  Mice 4'7"-5'3"

MODERN GRADES 4-7-  Mice 4'7"-5'3"
 
IMMORTAL PLACEMENT POLICY

We have implemented a placement policy for Immortal Dance Force
Please remember that dancer must participate in either Nutcracker, Dynamite, Edge, or Showstoppers to be eligible for Immortal Dance Force.

Your score from the upcoming Company Auditions on January 7th at Pingry will place you in either ballet, tap, jazz contemporary, or hiphop Immortal groups. Please Note:  In rare cases, a dancer's score may be high enough for acceptance into Gotta Dance Companies, but may not be high enough in his/her age group to qualify for the particular subject in Immortal Dance Force.

To those who performed in the Nutcracker 2016: Your audition score and placement in the Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker makes you eligible for placement and participation in Immortal Ballet for the 2017 season.

2016 Nutcracker Auditions:

Auditions Sunday, October 2nd at Raritan Valley Community College

AUDITION SCHEDULE SUNDAY OCTOBER 2nd

4:00-5:00 Variations and Snow Princesses
5:00-6:00 Party and Pages
6:00-6:45 Snow Maidens
6:45-7:00 Break
7:00-8:00 Snowflakes and Sled Girls
8:00-9:00 Mice

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE WITH MISS OLGA RVCC STAGE

Monday October 3rd

1:00-1:45 Spanish Variation
1:45-2:15 Chinese Variation
2:15-2:45 Russian Variation
2:45-3:30 Arabian Variation
4:00-5:00 All Pages
5:00-5:45 Snowflakes
6:15-7:00 Party Scene
7:00-7:45 Mice
7:45-8:45 Snow Maidens & Princesses
   

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Branchburg Studio
Dates/Times:
Saturdays (6):
Dates: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/19, 12/3
3:00-3:45 French Page Studio B
3:45-4:30 Snow Flakes Studio A/B
4:30-5:30 Mice Studio A/B
5:30-6:15 Snow Maidens Studio A/B
6:15-7:15 Party Children Studio B

Sundays (4):
Dates: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
5:30-6:15 Russian Variation & Russian Pages Studio A/B
6:15-7:00 Chinese Variation & Chinese Pages Studio A/B
7:00-7:45 Spanish Variation & Spanish Pages Studio A/B
7:45-8:30 Snow Princesses & Arabian Variation Studio A/B

Sundays (2):
Dates: 11/20, 12/4
2:45-3:45 Party Children Studio B
3:45-4:30 Snow Flakes Studio A/B
4:30-5:30 Mice Studio A/B
5:30-6:15 Russian Variation & Pages Studio A/B
6:15-7:00 Chinese Variation & Pages Studio A/B
7:00-7:45 Spanish Variation & Pages Studio A/B
7:45-8:30 Snow Princesses & Arabian Variation Studio A/B

ADDITIONAL REHEARSALS

TUESDAY 11/8 RVCC STAGE
3:45-4:30 Snow Flakes
4:30-5:30 Mice
5:30-6:15 All Snow Maidens and Snow Princesses
6:15-7:45 All Pages and Variations Run through Act 2
7:45-8:45 Party Children


RUN-THROUGH RVCC STAGE: WEDNESDAY 12/7

4pm Show: 4-6pm **All 4pm Show dancers
8pm Show: 6-8pm **All 8pm Show dancers