Is your dancer interested in performing with CYB? Find our FAQs below.
To find information about becoming part of the CYB company, click on the company page.
Who is eligible for CYB? Must my dancer be a CYB company member to be cast in a show?
CYB auditions are open to any dancer enrolled in at least one classical ballet class at any local dance studio in the Charlotte area. We love contributing to Charlotte’s rich ballet tradition and actively encourage dancers from all area studios to join us. In our 2019 The Nutcracker, we had 22 local studios represented in our cast.
Membership in the CYB Company is not required to be cast in shows.
What age can dancers audition? Is there an age limit?
Yes. Dancers must be in 3rd grade in school through age 26.
Is Charlotte Youth Ballet a studio?
No. Charlotte Youth Ballet is a performance organization for area ballet students to work alongside professional dancers. Student dancers still attend classes at their home studio while participating in CYB productions.
What is the benefit of being in CYB Company?
In addition to performing in The Nutcracker and our spring storybook ballets, company members enjoy masterclasses, team-building events, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Company members receive a company jacket. There are also outreach performance opportunities.
By auditioning for the CYB Company, dancers are committing to performing in both The Nutcracker and the spring storybook ballet.
For more information about joining the CYB company, please see our company bio.
What is the audition experience?
Auditions are held in-person, usually in mid-September on a Saturday at CPCC’s Halton Theatre. Dancers audition for Company membership, The Nutcracker, and our spring storybook ballet. In December, there is a call back for spring storybook casting, and dancers new to CYB are welcome to audition at this time. Audition information and required forms can be found on our audition page.
Dancers are grouped for auditions by age/school grade and pointe ability (for girls) into three groups:
- Age 11 and under (3rd and 4th grade in school)
- Age 12-14 (boys) or age 12+ non-pointe (girls) (5th grade in school and up)
- Age 15+ (boys) or age 12+ with at least 2 years of pointe experience (girls) (5th grade and up)
Who judges the audition?
Non-pointe auditions are judged by our artistic team. CYB engages a third-party adjudicator to judge our pointe auditions. Our artistic team casts pointe parts based on demonstrated technique during auditions and the scoring recommendations of the adjudicators.
My dancer is new to pointe. Will she get a pointe role?
There is both a pointe audition and a non-pointe audition for dancers in 5th grade at school through age 26. Dancers must have a minimum of 2 years on pointe to take the pointe audition and demonstrate proficiency to be awarded a pointe part. Dancers cast in a pointe role that cannot maintain dancing on pointe during rehearsals will be reassessed. There are roles for non-pointe ballet dancers at any age.
What does my dancer wear to auditions and rehearsals?
At CYB, we respect the art form! Girls should dress in a solid black or dark-colored leotard and pink tights for auditions. The dress code for rehearsals is a black spaghetti strap leotard, pink tights, and pink leather ballet flats with one elastic. Pointe dancers are always encouraged to have a backup pair of pointe shoes sewn and ready to wear. Dancers’ hair should be pulled back in a bun without whisps and with a hairnet. A nude leotard for costume changes is also necessary. Boys should be in black legging or tights and a white shirt.
If my child is cast, what are the volunteer expectations for parents?
Yes. Each dancer is expected to have a parent/grandparent/relative volunteer for the show, especially during the performance weekend. We are firm about this commitment because CYB is run exclusively by volunteers. Without volunteers, we simply couldn’t function. There are a wide variety of volunteer options (including some at-home options) to suit nearly any interest and schedule. Our volunteers are fabulous, and have a great time! All volunteers must complete a background check prior to volunteering.
What are the fees?
We charge an audition fee, which must be paid (online or in-person via check) before auditioning. There is also a performance fee for The Nutcracker and a separate fee for our spring storybook ballet. Fees cover a cast t-shirt and cast party, but not tickets to the performances. Company Members will pay an additional fee for the year. Current fee information can be found on our audition page. Cast members are also required to sell a minimum number of tickets to friends and family.
What is the rehearsal schedule?
Rehearsals for The Nutcracker begin in late September and continue until the performance weekend, which is historically the first full weekend of December, with a break for Thanksgiving. Rehearsals for our spring storybook ballet begin in January and continue until performance weekend in early March.
Rehearsals will be Friday evening, Saturday afternoon (typically at or after 2 pm), and Sunday afternoon (typically after 12:00pm). Younger dancers generally have one rehearsal slot per weekend. Older dancers may have more than one role and thus require additional rehearsals on the weekend. Adults and professionals typically rehearse on Sundays.
Mandatory dress rehearsals are held the weekend before Thanksgiving, and on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings immediately preceding performance weekend for theatre move-in.
Where are rehearsals held? Where is the performance held?
Rehearsals take place at our host studio, Charlotte School of Ballet, in the Cotswold area. Our performances are at the Halton Theatre at CPCC.
When are the performances?
The Nutcracker is usually the first weekend of December: two school shows on Friday and public performances are on Friday (evening only), Saturday (matinee and evening), and Sunday (matinee only). Our spring storybook ballet is usually performed on the second weekend of March: a school show on Friday, public performances on Saturday (matinee and evening), and Sunday (matinee only).
Will my child have to miss school?
Yes. Dancers miss one day of school to perform in our school show on the Friday of show weekend. We provide each dancer with a form to give to their school ahead of time for the absence.
If missing school will prevent your dancer from auditioning, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I add my child’s school to the list for school shows?
Yes! Contact email@example.com to find out about adding your school to the potential ticket list.
I’m an adult who loves to perform. Can I be part of CYB?
Yes! We have many volunteer opportunities in our shows. We use adult performers in our production of The Nutcracker and spring storybook ballet. Parents, friends, and grandparents are welcome to join in our shows.
Are there professional dancer opportunities available?
Yes! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets are sold exclusively through the box office at CPCC. [Check back for ticketing link]
Can I place an ad in the program?
Yes, we love ads from local businesses in our playbills. We also have opportunities to partner with us on social media. Contact email@example.com for pricing.
How do I donate to CYB?
Thanks so much for asking! We are a 501-C nonprofit, and we depend on donations from our community. We offer employer matching as well. Here’s the link.
Will you have The Nutcracker in 2021?
Yes, we hope so! We are planning on it! Stay tuned for more updates on social media and our website. We hope to be in the theater, potentially at a reduced capacity. Filming will be reviewed as an option as we know more information in the fall.
Does CYB support the local community?
We have a long-standing relationship with Girl Scouts. CYB has a special pre-show event for Girl Scouts-only. To get your child’s troop involved, please click here.
We also partner with AllState to bring Title I schools to see our productions through ALLAccess Matinees for Youth. These students love seeing a classical ballet performance and discussing the arts in the classroom. Title I teachers, principals, and theater/music teachers are welcome to contact us for more information to connect your school at firstname.lastname@example.org.