Ballet Etudes is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Each fall, Ballet Etudes holds two auditions open to dancers valley-wide. The first audition, for ages 9-18, is to become a Ballet Etudes company member. The second audition, for ages 7-18, is to be cast in Ballet Etudes' annual production of The Nutcracker. **Note that you do NOT need to be a company member to audition for The Nutcracker nor do you need to be enrolled at BE School of Dance.**

Auditions dates and times can be found here and Nutcracker FAQs can be found here. Questions on which audition to attend? Contact us at


Date: Saturday, August 26

Dancers ages 9-18 are invited to audition for company membership with Ballet Etudes. Members are automatically cast in all the company’s two full-length productions each year and have the opportunity to be cast in several other performances throughout the year. 

Registration Fee: $15

Intermediate Level 
    •    Registration: 12:30 - 1:00 pm
    •    Technique Audition: 1:15 - 3:00 pm

Advanced Level*
    •    Registration: 2:30 - 3:00 pm
    •    Technique Audition  3:15 - 4:45 pm 
    •    Pointe Audition* 4:45 - 6:00 pm
*Pointe audition required for Advanced Audition females


Date: Saturday, September 9

Take part in our 31st anniversary of The Nutcracker, one of the Valley’s longest running productions! Performed over four weekends at Chandler Center for the Arts and Mesa Arts Center, Ballet Etudes’ annual production of The Nutcracker is seen by 10,000 patrons every year. With a cast of over 100, dancers throughout the Valley, ages 7-18, are invited to audition. Read the FAQs here.

Registration: $15

Girls Audition: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
(Girls Registration: 12:00 - 12:45 pm)

Boys Audition: 3:00 - 3:30 pm 
(Boys Registration: 2:30 - 3:00 pm)

Advanced Audition (pointe work is required): 3:30 - 6:30 pm 
(Advanced Registration: 3:00 - 3:30 pm)