Children’s Cast Auditions

Sunday, August 25, 2024 | 10-3:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Louisville Ballet Studios




Audition Requirements

In order to be eligible to audition, each child MUST meet the following requirements:

  • Child must be at least seven years old at the time of the audition.
  • Child must have had at least one year of dance training.
  • Child must meet the specified height requirements.
  • Child must submit a completed application form. Completed applications must be received by email or mail by Thursday, August 15, 2024

Audition Details + Expectations

Auditions will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Louisville Ballet Studios: 315 East Main Street. Registration for the first audition opens at 9 a.m. Children should arrive 30 minutes before all other audition times.

CHILDREN 3’10” – 5’1″
Registration: 9-10 a.m.

Audition: 10-11:30 a.m.

CHILDREN 5’0″ – 5’4″
Registration: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Audition: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Please read height requirements carefully to ensure that your child is present to audition for all eligible roles. Measurements taken on audition day by Louisville Ballet staff will be considered final. Children are expected to audition for all roles for which they meet the height requirements. Please note that our Artistic Staff may release children early or may consider your child for roles outside of their height eligibility.

Please send your child with a labeled water bottle and an allergy friendly snack/lunch in a labeled brown bag in case they are asked to stay beyond 11:30 a.m. 


Girls – Leotard (no nude camisoles, please!), tights or socks and ballet or jazz shoes. Hair must be pulled back from the face and off the nape of the neck and secured in a neat manner.

Boys – T-shirt, jazz pants, biker shorts or tights, ballet or jazz shoes.

Please be mindful of our limited space and potential distractions and send your child with only what is necessary for the audition. Thank you!


Because our space is very limited, no parent or guardian may wait inside the building on audition day. We will ask you to provide a phone number where you can be reached that day in the event of an emergency.

Parents should return to our studio building 30 minutes before your child’s audition time ends. We will bring your child to our front entrance and call your name once your child has arrived. Children must be signed out by a parent/guardian. No child may leave our studios without their parent/guardian.  

2024 Children’s Cast Schedule


We consider our Children’s Cast to be a vital and important part of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker each year. Because we take their roles very seriously, we ask that you and your child take your potential participation just as seriously. All Children’s Cast members are expected to commit to attending all scheduled rehearsals and performances. Beyond that, we expect our important Children’s Cast members to fully commit to giving their best effort when they share studios and the stage with our professional company.

Please carefully review the following performance dates and rehearsal schedule to determine if you and your child, if cast, are ready to join us for this exciting production.

Please note that our rehearsal schedules are finalized by Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff. We will provide a complete rehearsal schedule to children who are cast and will update our website with the most up-to-date information regarding any schedule changes including rehearsals, costume fittings, etc.

We will schedule a parent information session to give more details about our expectations, to meet other parents and to address any questions you may have regarding your child’s participation. We will provide the time and date for this meeting following your child’s audition.

Our Children’s Cast members may be required to rehearse on any or all of the following days. Please note that times listed below are for example only; this schedule is ONLY to give you a general idea of the time commitment involved in your participation.

Below are the dates and times when your child MAY BE required to rehearse. Further details will be available upon casting. 


Audition Application

Please download the 2024 The Brown-Forman Nutcracker Audition Packet and Application below.

(Now a fillable PDF!)

Please note that applications must be signed by both parent and child and include a $30 audition fee payment to be considered complete. We accept cash, check made payable to Louisville Ballet, or credit card via The Louisville Ballet School’s Customer Portal. **NOTE: You must also complete and return the application form if you pay online**

Applications may be emailed to OR mailed to our main office location:

Attn: School Registration Manager
Louisville Ballet
315 E. Main Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

Applications received after Thursday, August 15, 2024 must include an additional $10 late processing. We cannot accept submissions after Thursday, August 22, 2024 at 5 p.m. EST. Please email us at if you have any questions.


Audition Workshop (optional)

An Audition Workshop will take place at Louisville Ballet Studios on Sunday, August 18 from 3-4 p.m. This workshop was created for young dancers, ages 7-10, who are auditioning for the very first time. The workshop will provide a preview to the audition space and covers audition basics such as dancer etiquette, following directions, and an example of the audition process. Parents will check in their dancer from 2:50-3 p.m. PM and will return at 4 p.m. for pick-up.

Please note: Participation within the Workshop will hold no bearings on the outcome of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker Children’s Cast Audition. The purpose of the Workshop is to help prepare aspiring performers to put their best foot forward at any audition!

Registration for the Workshop is an elective experience with a secondary $30 workshop fee. Application for the Audition requires a completed application form and independent $30 audition fee

Registration for the Workshop is available on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.