The Fox Valley Nutcracker

Fox Valley Ballet proudly presents The Fox Valley Nutcracker, a Fox Valley holiday tradition.

Open Auditions

Fox Valley Ballet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, is excited to announce open auditions for The Fox Valley Nutcracker.  We invite you to audition for a role in this beloved Fox Valley holiday tradition.  Please read this information carefully and submit the Audition Pre-Registration below.



Sunday, July 29th


A Step Above Dance Academy
129 Flinn St.
Batavia, IL 60510


11:00-11:30 am - Girls & Boys ages 5-6
(Dancers and non-dancers)

11:30-12:30 pm - Girls ages 7-8

12:30-1:00 pm - Boys ages 7-11

1:00-2:00 pm - Girls ages 9-11

2:00-3:00 pm - Age 12+
(Inter/Adv pointe/non-pointe dancers & professional dancers)

3:00-3:30 pm - Girls & Boys ages 12 & up
(Beg/Adv Beginner, no dance experience required)

3:30-4:00 pm - Adults & Actors
(Maids, Butlers, Party Scene Parents, Mother Ginger)

We would like to thank A Step Above Dance Academy for donating studio space for auditions!

  • All students must wear ballet attire for the auditions.  Boys must wear a white t-shirt with black pants/shorts.
  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your audition time to check-in and warm up.
  • Bring a headshot (no larger than 4x6) to the audition. Headshots will not be returned.
  • Video auditions will be accepted no later than August 1.

Participation Requirements

  • Non-refundable participation fee of $280 per participant to assist with production costs including costumes, choreographers, venue rental, etc. Participation fee due by the first rehearsal on Sunday, August 26, or cast member will not be allowed in rehearsal. 
  • Participation fee discounts are available for families with 2 or more participants.  Dads Dance Free discount for adult male roles.
  • Students participating must be enrolled in at least one ballet class at an approved dance school.
  • Mandatory orientation meeting on Sunday, August 26 at 12:00 pm. Participant and at least one parent/guardian must attend or will not be eligible to participate.
  • ALL REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY.  Please DO NOT audition if you cannot commit to the rehearsals and performance dates.  Participants may not be required for every Sunday or for the entire rehearsal but we do ask that they hold the day for rehearsals if called.
    • Rehearsals begin Sunday, August 26.  
    • Rehearsals will be on Sundays between 12:00 pm and 6:00pm and some Friday evenings for soloists.  Times may vary depending on the role.
    • There will be no rehearsal Sunday, September 2.
    • Tech/Dress Rehearsals will be November 19-21 & 23.  Times to be provided during orientation.
    • Performances will be November 24th at 2pm & 7pm and November 25th at 2pm.
  • Weekly rehearsal schedules will be posted at  Schedules are typically posted prior to the first week of the month.

Required Documents

The Fox Valley Nutcracker is presented by Fox Valley Ballet a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.