Hip Hop

Nutcracker Auditions

Open to all interested children with little to no dance experience, to advanced level!

Audition is Sunday Sept. 9th, 2018

Check-in 12-12:30pm

Audition from 12:30-2:30pm

Mandatory Parent Meeting 12:30pm-1:30pm

All children ages 7 - 17 are welcome to audition


Your child must register and enroll in at least one hip hop class at PBT 

Performance Dates (TENTATIVE!)

Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre 

Fri. Dec. 21st - Time TBD

Sat. Dec. 22nd - Time TBD

Sun. Dec. 23rd - Time TBD

Fri. Dec. 28th - Time TBD

Sat. Dec. 29th - Time TBD

Important information, please read carefully!


All students planning to audition must fill out our online application prior to coming to audition.

Application is posted below.


We're so excited that your child is auditioning to be part of Peninsula Ballet Theatre's Company production of Hip Hop Nutcracker! Your student may be cast in one or more of the Hip Hop Nutcracker performances at the Fox Theatre. 

Required for the audition:

  • Must wear comfortable dance clothing (shorts, leggings and t-shirt or tank top, no rivets or metal parts on any clothing) with appropriate dance shoes. 

  • Everyone who auditions will need to bring a head shot. Last year's wallet-sized school photo is perfect. 

  • Must have hair pulled away from the face.

  • Student and Parent Contracts must be signed and participations fees paid before cast list is released.

About Lead Roles

Casting is determined by the choreographers/directors and may be changed or altered at any point during the rehearsal/performance process.  Many factors are used to select the best dancer for a particular role including technical expertise, experience, age, size, how a dancer looks and moves in relationship to the other dancers being considered. We look forward to meeting your student at our auditions in September! 


Warm Regards, 

Peninsula Ballet Theatre



Who is invited to audition?

Any child 7 or older may audition. Must register, enroll and attend at least one hip hop class at PBT. For current class schedule and enrollment information please click here

What is the cost to audition?

There is no audition fee.

Do you allow practice auditions?



What is the cost to participate?

The Participation fee is $200. The fee covers all costuming needs and rehearsals and includes a DVD of the performance. We do discount if you have more than one child participating. Participation fees must be paid by September 15th. No refunds on participation fees. 

What are the parent obligations? 

Families are required to help during shifts. Shifts are available during rehearsal time, the week prior to the performances at PBT and the Fox, during Fox Theatre performances and packing/unpacking after the Fox. ALL FAMILIES must help with theater pack-up at PBT on Sunday, December 30th. This takes no more than one-two hours when all families help! The shifts needed at the theater (either Sweets or at the Fox) will be approximately 10 - 15 hours total per family. 


Shifts are available with wardrobe, stage hands, dressing rooms, boutique sales, props, flyers, program ads, special events and coordination.


Details about the shifts, sign-ups, options available if you are not able to help during shifts, etc. will be emailed to families after October 1st. 


When do rehearsals start?​
Rehearsals begin late September and will happen during hip hop class time. Students will be learning choreography and technique related to Nutcracker in their Hip Hop class. Additional rehearsals outside of class time are typically scheduled between 1:30 and 5:30 pm on Saturdays or Sundays and are subject to change. 

How many rehearsals are we allowed to miss?

There is limited rehearsal time available for productions and students should really strive to be at every rehearsal. More time spent in rehearsal can often result in additional or more significant dance roles for your student. If your child is absent due to an illness you will need to contact the children's performance coordinator as soon as you know they will not be able to be at rehearsal. 

How long are rehearsals?

Plan for at least one hour per scene assigned.

When are tech/dress rehearsals?

Tech/Dress rehearsals at the Fox will begin December 17th and usually run between the hours of 4pm - 9pm.

The youngest participants are released from tech/dress rehearsals as early as possible.

How will we be notified of the rehearsal schedule?

You will receive an email after auditions with rehearsal schedule information.


When are the performances?

December 21 - 23, 28, and 29  at Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

Please note that some students may be scheduled to perform specific dates and times. This is at the discretion of PBT casting. Even if your student is cast for certain dates/times, they must be available for all performances.​

Contact Us

1880 S. Grant St.
San Mateo, CA 94402

The Company (650) 342-3262

The Conservatory (650) 342-3228

We now offer tours of PBT to prospective students and families!

Please see our Conservatory page or email us for more information or to book a tour. 

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