The Charlotte Youth Ballet enriches the community through a non-profit, innovative regional ballet company that provides an opportunity to perform in professional-level productions. By merging youth and professionals, the CYB introduces ballet to diverse audiences to foster life-long support of the arts. We are delighted to have your dancer audition with us. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your family.


2021– 2022 Season

The Nutcracker December 3, 2021 – December 5, 2021
Snow White March 11, 2022 – March 13, 2022.

CYB Season – Saturday, September 11, 2021.
(Callbacks for Snow White on Sunday, November 7, 2021)


Central Piedmont Community College, Central Campus, Uptown
“Overcash Hall”
Dale Halton Theater, 2nd Floor Lobby
1206 Elizabeth Ave
Charlotte, NC 28204
(Corner of Kings Drive and Elizabeth Ave).


Theater/Guest parking in parking deck behind the building.  Access from 4th Street and Kings Drive. Parking is free.


Boys and girls in 3rd grade – Age 25 as of September 1, 2021 with some dance experience and are enrolled in at least one (1) ballet class per week at a dance school of their choice.

POINTE DANCERS- In addition to a successful audition, you must take a MINIMUM of 3 ballet technique and 1 pointe class per week to be cast in a pointe role with CYB.


12:00 pm: Registration Opens on 2nd Floor
12:30pm – 1:20pm: Girls in 3rd and 4th grade and boys in 3rd – 5th grade
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Girls in 5th grade – Age 25, NON-POINTE and boys in 6th – 8th grade.
2:45pm – 4:15pm Girls ages 12 – 25 who are proficient on POINTE and Boys in High School – age 25

Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time. Dancers need to be dressed, stretched and warmed up with completed forms. [insert link to form]

$25 payable online during registration. Fees are non-refundable.

$200 performance fee is assessed for each dancer\per production. This fee is due prior to the first rehearsal unless prior arrangements have been made with Cindy Gruber (

Saturday, September 11th, 2021
12:30pm to 1:15pm OR 1:30pm to 2:15pm.  Parents are to volunteer during the season.

At least one parent must attend at ONE of the times listed above unless prior arrangements have been made with CYB, by emailing

Girls:  pink tights, solid colored leotard, ballet or pointe shoes, hair in neat bun, no skirts or leg warmers.
Boys: black tights, solid colored t-shirt, ballet shoes.

Dancers will be notified by September 27, 2021 of their acceptance into the CYB. The cast list will be posted to the website ( by September 24th, 2020. Dancers are expected to accept all parts awarded. PLEASE NOTE: At times our younger dancers are double cast. This means they may be in 3 shows instead of 6.

Those dancers interested in auditioning but who are unable to attend at the scheduled time should contact Cindy Gruber at Those dancers not at auditions will be cast based on roles available. 

Charlotte Youth Ballet Company Membership

Cast Members are all dancers cast in a role by the Artistic Team to participate in a CYB production. Company dancers are selected from within the Cast Members. Dancers should indicate their interest in Company membership by completing the Company Audition Form [link] (separate from the general audition form). Stating interest does not guarantee acceptance into company. Invitations and placement are at the sole discretion of the Artistic Director. If a dancer has a reduction in the required number of technique or pointe classes during the season, their level within the Company will change.

APPRENTICE: Dancers at this level must maintain a minimum of two (2) ballet technique (boys and girls) and one (1) pointe class (girls) per week at the school of their choice during the season. Dancers must be 11 years or older to be considered for apprenticeship.

COMPANY: Dancers at this level must demonstrate proficiency on pointe AND maintain a minimum of three (3) ballet technique (boys and girls) and one (1) pointe class (girls) per week at the dance school of their choice during the season. Modern is strongly recommended. Boy dancers must demonstrate technique at the Intermediate level or above. Dancers must be 13 years or older to be considered for Company placement.

SENIOR COMPANY: Dancers at this level must demonstrate ADVANCED proficiency on pointe AND maintain a minimum of four (4) ballet technique (boys and girls) and two (2) pointe classes (girls) per week at the dance school of their choice during the season. Modern is strongly recommended. Boy dancers must demonstrate Advanced level technique. Consideration for Senior Company placement is based on mastery of technique.

COMMITMENT: Senior Company, Company and Apprentice dancers commit to BOTH Nutcracker and CYB’s Spring Production.

FEE: There is a $150 fee for Senior Company, Company and Apprentice Membership. This is in addition to the $200 Performance Fee for EACH production.

MASTER CLASSES: CYB will hold a minimum of 1 Master classes for Company and Apprentice Membership during the 2021-2022 season. Attendance is required.

WARM UP CLASSES: Senior Company and Company dancers are REQUIRED to attend the warm up classes, including pointe work, during production week with the professional guest artists. Apprentice dancers are invited to attend provided there is enough space for all to dance safely.

OUTREACH: CYB has outreach and additional performance opportunities. Participation is required of all Company and Apprentice dancers. Examples of outreach include the Southern Christmas Show in November and Carmel Country Club in December.

CODE OF CONDUCT: All Dancers are expected to adhere to the CYB Code of Conduct at all times.

FUNDRAISING: Company and Apprentice dancers are required to participate in all fundraising efforts each season. This includes promoting CYB whenever possible.

JACKET: Company Dancers receive a personalized jacket their FIRST year of acceptance into CYB’s COMPANY. Apprentice dancers do not receive a jacket.

Download Registration Form

Please bring a check made out to “Charlotte Youth Ballet” or exact $25 cash for registration fee.

PLEASE NOTE: All CYB programming is contingent on COVID-19 infection rates and state safety protocols. Adjustments to, postponement of and/or cancellation may be necessary as we will adhere to all state and local regulations for the safety of everyone. If CYB alters the program, you will be notified of the new plan and may choose to withdraw at that time.