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How old do you have to be to join the company?

Philadelphia Dance Academy ballet students age 8 and older enrolled in at least two ballet technique classes per week are welcome to audition for the company. There is a Junior and Senior ensemble.

Younger students and those who do not wish to commit to the PYB rehearsal schedule are still welcome to audition for the Nutcracker.

Can you audition for the Nutcracker if you are not a member of the company?

YES. All Philadelphia Dance Academy ballet students age 5 have the opportunity to audition for an annual production of the Nutcracker. They may choose to audition for The Nutcracker and not for the Philadelphia Youth Ballet.

How do you become a member?

At the Nutcracker auditions in September you will be able to indicate on the application if you would like to be considered for PYB membership.

Nutcracker and Philadelphia Youth Ballet Auditions will be held at the Philadelphia Dance Academy, 219 Cuthbert Street, 3rd Floor on
Saturday, September 7
10:00 am - 11:00 am: 5 – 7 years old
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: 8 – 11 years old
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: 12 years old and older

Who should audition for the company?

Students who love to perform and are willing to commit to the PYB Saturday rehearsal schedule in addition to taking a minimum of two technique classes per week for Junior Ensemble and a minimum of four technique classes per week for the Senior Ensemble.

*Membership in PYB is a year-long commitment. Students may not miss more than two Nutcracker rehearsals or two rehearsals in the Spring Season.

What are the benefits of joining the company?

Company members learn a varied repertoire of classical ballet, contemporary, and other styles which allow them to develop the versatility that is required for a career in the performing arts. They have regular performance opportunities in a wide variety of venues, from small informal festivals to large professional theaters. The diversity of these experiences fosters confidence and improved performance skills. As a company member, they learn the intrinsic reward of working together towards a common goal and seeing the results of their hard work and discipline in each successful performance.

Is there a performance or membership fee?

Nutcracker performance fees is $175. Includes Nutcracker tee shirt.
PYB annual membership fee is $300. (This includes the Nutcracker fee. PYB members do not pay a separate Nutcracker fee.)

The production/membership fee covers: the cost of costume, backdrop, and prop rentals and purchases, theater rental, theater technical staff, guest artists from Pennsylvania Ballet, program and ticket printing, faculty for weekly rehearsals.

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