A performance of “The Nutcracker.”

Wissahickon Dance Academy announces open auditions for International Ballet Exchange’s (IBE) annual production of “The Nutcracker” with The Donetsk Ballet Of Ukraine. IBE, which is the non-profit arm of Wissahickon Dance Academy (WDA), offers this unique opportunity to area ballet students. The Donetsk Ballet is an internationally renowned ballet company that has toured the world including France, Moscow, Finland, Norway, China, Japan, Spain as well as the USA and Canada.

Their principal dancers have won several international ballet competitions and they continue to entertain audiences with their dazzling pyrotechnics and artistry. Through IBE, area dancers have the opportunity to perform with this exciting company of eighteen professionals, no matter which dance studio they attend.

The audition will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. for children ages 5 to 9 and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for students ages 10 and up. The audition will be held at Wissahickon Dance Academy, 38 E. School House Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19144. Children should be dressed in ballet attire and must arrive promptly. The audition fee is $15. Students must be actively enrolled in ballet classes in order to be considered for the production.

Rehearsals will take place on Sunday evenings beginning Sept. 29. The performances will be held December 18 – 21, 2013 at Plymouth/Whitemarsh High School. There will a school show for the Philadelphia School District and two community performances.

Register now for the new fall season at Wissahickon Dance Academy. The studio offers classes in pre-ballet, ballet, pointe, classical variations, partnering, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern and yoga. The ages span from 3 years through pre-professional and adult level classes.

For further information about the audition and fall classes, contact Nancy Malmed at WDA at 215-849-7950 or visit internationalballet.org or wissahickondance.com.

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