SUNY Purchase Community: Children Invited to Audition for “The Nutcracker”

SUNY PURCHASE: Conservatory of Dance 


Open Auditions for Children
Saturday and Sunday, September 15–16, 2012

Boys and girls ages 5–13 (with some previous dance experience) are invited to audition to perform in the annual Purchase College Conservatory of Dance performance of The Nutcracker.

visit the Conservatory of Dance on the web.

• Some parts require advanced dance training
• Dancers should be no taller than 5′
• Dance attire or sweatpants should be worn
• Boys are encouraged to audition


THE NUTCRACKER December 7–9, 2012

The Purchase College Dance Company and more than 150 children from the community light up the Performing Arts Center with the region’s best-loved production of this classic tale. This year’s show will build upon the new choreography, costumes, and animated projections of 2011 with exciting new sets, scenery, and costumes to capture your imagination and delight the entire family.

Produced by the Director of the Conservatory of Dance Wallie Wolfgruber—who oversees all aspects of the production—The Nutcracker is a creative collaboration of faculty and guest choreographers based on Professor Bettijane Sill’s artistic vision of this traditional tale. After many years of serving as artistic director, Sills continues to be a grounding force in the production.

Guest choreographers this year are John Heginbotham and Nicolo Fonte.

John Heginbotham is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer and a graduate of The Juilliard School. He is currently a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group; has danced in the companies of Susan Marshall, John Jasperse, and Pilobolus Dance Theater (guest artist); and has seen his choreographic work performed at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Museum of Modern Art, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, and Dance Theater Workshop, among others. Heginbotham is a two-time recipient of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works (NEW) Fellowship Grant (2010 and 2012).

Nicolo Fonte is known for his daring and original approach to dance. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York as well as at the San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet Schools while completing a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts at Purchase College, SUNY. He has created and staged ballets for The Dutch National Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stuttgart Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Göteborg Ballet, Ballett Mainz, Ballett Nürnberg, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, TANZ Ensemble, Cedar Lake, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.

Faculty and choreographers include Larry Clark, Ted Kivitt, Bettijane Sills, Stephanie Tooman, and Megan Williams.

Click here for ticket information.


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