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Nutcracker auditions for kids in Chesterton August 12

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A&A Ballet (A&A), under the artistic direction of Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev, holds open children’s auditions for the second annual production of Alexei Kremnev's “The Art Deco Nutcracker,” Sunday, August 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, September 8 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

A&A welcomes dancers age four and up to audition for various roles, which will be performed at Chicago’s Studebaker Theatre at 410 S. Michigan Avenue, November 30 through December 2, 2018.

Auditions will be held at 436 N. Sand Creek Drive, Chesterton, Ind., on August 12 and at the American Rhythm Center in the Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, on September 8.

Audition attire is as follows. Girls should wear a black camisole leotard, pink footed tights, and pink canvas ballet and pointe shoes (age/level appropriate). Boys should wear black footed tights, white tight fitted t-shirt, and black ballet shoes.

The audition will include some basic dance movement and a combination to be performed in character. No preparation of audition material is necessary. Dancers will be notified via email within the week after the audition if they have been cast. A production fee will be required for dancers performing “The Art Deco Nutcracker” and varies depending on role. Rehearsals begin in September and will take place primarily on Saturdays at the American Rhythm Center. A pre-registration form may be downloaded at

Set in 1920s America, Kremnev's “The Art Deco Nutcracker,” featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is a fresh, yet traditional take on the beloved holiday favorite. “The Art Deco Nutcracker” is Kremnev's eighth full-length ballet. His work has been presented at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Opernhaus Zurich in Switzerland, among other prestigious venues across the globe. Tickets for Kremnev's “The Art Deco Nutcracker” go on sale at a later date to be announced.

A&A Ballet, based in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue, is devoted to training in strong, versatile dance technique, as well as the development of personality, independence, and artistry. Led by internationally acclaimed artists and former Founding Artistic Directors of the Joffrey Academy and Joffrey Studio Company, Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev, A&A offers a wide variety of classes, professional performance opportunities, private instruction, choreography, and training for dancers ranging from age three to adult. To date, A&A students have secured 60 full scholarships and nine apprentice and studio company positions with powerhouses including American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Princess Grace Academy of Monaco, Bolshoi Ballet, Colorado Ballet, BalletMet and Sarasota Ballet. For more information visit or call (312)545-2142.



Posted 8/8/2018




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