Ballet Legére Nutcracker Auditions

The Battle Scene in Ballet Légere's "The Nutcracker".

River Forest company Ballet Légere is holding auditions for their 29th annual performance of The Nutcracker on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 at the Légere Dance Centre, 7377 W. North Ave., River Forest, IL.

All roles are available. Dancers need to bring a photo with them to the audition. Gymnasts and tumblers (8+) should call to set up an appointment.


A detailed breakdown of audition times is below. For more information, call 773.237.1874 or email

Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8:30 am: girls, ages 4.5+, under 45″

Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10 am: girls, 46″-48″

Saturday, Aug. 17 at 11:30 am: girls, 49″-52″

Saturday, Aug. 17 at 1 pm: girls, 53″-57″

Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2:30 pm: girls, 58″-61″

Sunday, Aug. 18 at 9 am: boys, ages 5-12

Sunday, Aug. 18 at 10 am: Male and female dancers, teen thru adult, pointe and non-pointe roles


You Can Be Part of CDF12

Paul Taylor Dance Company performing at the Chicago Dancing Festival in 2011.

Have you always dreamed of dancing on stage in front of an audience?  How about dancing on an outdoor stage in front of thousands of people while looking out over Millenium Park?  That dream can come true.  This year, the Chicago Dancing Festival (CDF) has commissioned a new work by New York-based choreographer Larry Keigwin set to Maurice Ravel’s famous music Bolero.  The world premiere of Bolero Chicago will feature up to 75 non-dancer participants from the Chicago area alongside the dancers.  NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!  Ashley Browne, a member of Keigwin’s company – Keigwin + Company – will be leading four open casting call/community meetings this weekend to meet potential participants and discuss what will be involved by taking part in this historic performance experience.  At the end of the meeting, there will be a chance to sign up for Bolero Chicago, which will be performed twice during the festival:  Monday, August 20th in the Chicago Dancing program at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and Saturday, August 25th in the Celebration of Dance program on the Pritzker Pavilion stage in Millenium Park.

People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.  Remember there is no dance experience required.  If you join the cast of Bolero Chicago, there will be a two-week residency with rehearsals that run Monday through Friday evening, August 6th – 11th, as well as dress rehearsals on August 19th and 24th. This is the chance of a lifetime.

Open Casting Call/Community Meetings:

Friday, July 13 at 4:30 pm, the Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave.

Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 am, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.

Saturday, July 14 at 2:00 pm, PINT, 1547 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Sunday, July 15 at 2:00 pm, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.

Please email your RSVP for attendance in advance to:  This RSVP will enter you for a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to one of CDF12’s performances.