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Babes in Toyland Youth Audition

  • Ballet Fantastique 960 Oak Street Eugene, OR, 97401 United States (map)



Ballet Fantastique is auditioning youth roles for the upcoming world premiere of BFan’s Babes in Toyland.

→ BFAN DANCERS: Ages 6+ (Enrolled for Fall BFan classes and placed at Brilliante or above) are eligible to audition.

→ LOCAL DANCERS: Ages 10+ who are currently enrolled in ballet classes are eligible for this audition.  

WORLD PREMIERE: In Ballet Fantastique’s new Babes in Toyland, Choreographer-Producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager reimagine a lost holiday classic with retro-glam choreography, vivacious style, and the company’s contagiously magical wit and whimsy. Victor Herbert’s original madcap fairytale mashup collides with hot jazz—played live by the incredible Swing Shift Orchestra—and splashy, genre-defying dance, filtered through the surreal sensibility of Fleischer Studios. A new ballet for the young and the young at heart. Live music: Swing Shift Orchestra plays Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker.

AUDITION (dancers ages 6+):

Tuesday, July 31
Ballet Fantastique

City Center for Dance, 960 Oak St
4-4:30 pm: Orientation/registration
4:30-5:30 pm:  Audition
$15 audition fee for community students

$5 audition fee for current BFan students

Performance dates at the Hult Center (all dates required for participation)

OUTREACH: Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 am (Hult Center, Eugene)

(*Outreach performance: Dancers will receive an excuse letter for school that morning)

Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 pm

Please contact Jessica Jaye Mackinson at 541-342-4611 for more information about performance fees, sibling discounts, rehearsal schedule, and volunteer opportunities. Casting is at the sole discretion of BFan’s artistic leadership team.


  • Dancers should be aware that most roles in the Babes in Toyland production will be cast by height as well as ability—Ballet Fantastique’s artistic team is looking for a uniform size among all chosen performers for an "identical look." Ballet Fantastique’s Wardrobe Mistress will be present to take dancer measurements at the auditions!

  • Not all dancers may receive a role in this production, but there will be many future opportunities!

  • A schedule of rehearsal dates will be provided to you at the time of audition.

  • Dancers should review all rehearsal and performance dates prior to committing to the performance opportunity: No rehearsals that have already been announced are optional; dancers must be available for all rehearsals already scheduled. Additional rehearsal dates may be added at the discretion of the Artistic Director—these additional rehearsals will be scheduled according to student dancer availability to the best of our ability.

  • There is a performance fee to participate in this production, to help offset the cost of producing an all-original world premiere with custom costumes for each dancer.

  • Sewing support volunteers are urgently needed; if you can help, please contact us!

Earlier Event: July 30
Superheroes! Dance Camp
Later Event: August 6
Swan Lake Dance Camp