Nutcracker by Royal Winnipeg Ballet. RWB School students as Mice. Photo: David Cooper

2022 Nutcracker Ensemble Audition Form

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is looking for dancers to audition for children’s ensemble roles to take part in the Victoria performances of Nutcracker at the Royal Theatre from Dec 2 – 4, 2022.

Auditions are on Saturday September 10. Online pre-registration is required.

Before you sign up for an audition, please review all information on this page including schedule, COVID-19 policy, and the audition FAQs, and the RWB Participation Waiver.

PLEASE NOTE: Auditioning dancers must be between 3’8” and 5’6” in height and at least 7 years old (as of Dec. 31, 2022).

Unfortunately RWB is unable to allow for any exceptions for height requirements.

Registration Steps:

STEP 1: Online registration and pre-payment are required prior to September 10 (see form below).

Dancers must pre-register online (see below) and pay the $25 audition fee in advance through the online registration process. If the dancer is successful and offered a role, there will be an additional rehearsal fee of $60. These fees help offset costs associated with the professional instruction and rehearsal studio rental.

STEP 2: Download the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Participation Waiver which must be completed and brought to the Audition when you check in.

STEP 3: On Audition Day on Saturday September 10, bring your completed Royal Winnipeg Ballet Participation Waiver and a photo of your dancer (headshot or school photos are acceptable) when you check in between 10:00am-11:30am.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is looking for:

Party Girls & BoysRequired to act and perform basic dancing steps
Mounties (Girls or Boys)Required to act and perform basic dancing/blocking actions
Mice (Girls or Boys)Required to perform basic dancing/blocking actions and wear large head pieces
Angels (Girls)Required to act and perform intermediate dancing steps
Polar BearsRequired to perform basic dancing/blocking actions and wear large head pieces
Reindeer (Girls or Boys) up to 5’6”Required to pull the sleigh and perform simple blocking (Girls perform en pointe if possible)

Audition Day

When: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Where: Dance Victoria Studios – 2750 Quadra Street (north end of building)

10:00 – 11:30am   Check-in for ALL dancers
11:30 – 11:45am   Break
11:45 – 1:15pm   Audition class #1: Children 7 & 8 years old
1:15 – 1:45pm   Break
1:45 – 3:15pm   Audition class #2: Children 9 years & older

Female presenting: black leotard (or darkest colour available), tights, ballet shoes, hair tidy in a bun.
Male presenting: black shorts or tights, white T-shirt or leotard, ballet shoes, hair tidy and off the face.

*NOTE:  No skirts, jewelry, nail polish, or stage makeup please.

  • Checking in: Children must be present when checking in on audition day to verify height requirement. (Registration for all dancers is from 10am-11:30am.)
  • Photograph: A current photograph is required when checking-in for the audition (head shot or school photos acceptable). Please Note: Photographs will not be returned
  • Participation Waiver Form: A completed waiver form is required when checking in for the audition (click here to download)

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Victoria performances of Nutcracker.

Auditions have now concluded with over 100 dancers auditioning for roles in the Children's Ensemble! We look forward to having you audition next year.