2019 Nutcracker Auditions – Sept 21 & 22

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ACB’s 2019 Nutcracker performances will be held at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA, 94546. The performance dates are Saturday 12/21 at 2pm & 7pm, Sunday 12/22 at 2pm.

The Nutcracker rehearsal schedule can be found HERE.

ACB’s 2019 Nutcracker auditions will be held at ABA on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, at 1402 Park Street in Alameda.

A completed audition form is required for each dancer, which can be downloaded HERE. Please print and complete the form and bring it with you to the audition. Also, be sure to attach a photo of the dancer to the form in the space provided.

Please arrive 30 minutes before the audition time so that the dancer has time to settle in, have measurements taken and get ready!

If you are new to our Nutcracker production this year, or would like to refresh yourself on what to expect, please DOWNLOAD our “What to Expect at the Nutcracker Auditions” document. ALL IMPORTANT INFO CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE: alamedacivicballet.org.

The auditions are closed to the public, so we will have a check-in/check-out table where dancers will be signed in and out by parents or caregivers. The back door will be closed, so please enter on Park Street. The studio will be quite crowded, so please do not linger on the stairs or any lobby areas.

Dancers should wear what they wear in ballet class…

  • Girls: Leotard, Tights & Ballet Shoes, with hair securely pulled back in a bun.
  • Pre-Ballet may wear hair in a ponytail.
  • Boys: T-Shirt, Tights/Leggings and Ballet Shoes.

Audition Schedule

Saturday, September 21, 2019
3:15 – 4:30 10 yrs & up ABA Ballet 3
4:45 – 6:15 12 yrs & up ABA Ballet 4
Sunday, September 22, 2019
10:30 – 12:30 Adv/Professional ABA Ballet 5 & 6
1:00 – 1:30 All Boys Ages 6 years & up
1:45 – 2:45 4 & 5 yrs ABA Pre-Ballet
3:00 – 4:00 6 & 7 yrs ABA Ballet 1
4:15 – 5:30 8 & 9 yrs ABA Ballet 2

13yrs & up: Bring resume and full body shot. Ladies en pointe: Bring pointe shoes!
ACB Audition Fee: $10.00 cash or by check payable to ACB, $12.00 by credit card.
We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express.
Thank you — we look forward to seeing you at the auditions!




2019-20 Classes open for Registration!

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All 2019-2020 Pre-Ballet through Ballet 6 classes are open forregistration and placement emails have been sent to 2018-2019 students.  If you did not receive your placement information, please let us know.  Placements for new summer students will be emailed later this summer. Thank you!  p.s. 10% early-bird discount on September tuition (for monthly tuition payers) if you enroll by 8/1/19!

Nobody Has a Perfect Dance Body. How Can You Turn “Imperfections” Into Assets?

From the angles of your feet to the size of your head, it can sometimes seem like there is no part of a dancer’s body that is not under scrutiny. It’s easy to get obsessed when you are constantly in front of a mirror, trying to fit a mold.

Yet the traditional ideals seem to be exploding every day. “The days of carbon-copy dancers are over,” says BalletX dancer Caili Quan. “Only when you’re confident in your own body can you start truly working with what you have.”

Read the full article at Dance Magazine


Our Changing Bodies – Notes for Dancers in Ballet 3 classes and above

At ABA we maintain strict dress code standards because of the necessity in ballet training to create long, clean lines, and for our the instructors to be able to easily see those lines.  However, as our young dancers mature and begin menstruating, we find that they are sometimes self-conscious in class when wearing pads.

We know this a sensitive and delicate topic, and we want to encourage positive transitions into this new time of life.  To this end, Ms. Abra has spoken with the young women in our Ballet 5 and 6 classes, and they have said that they would sometimes like to wear a skirt or dance shorts (in a solid color) when they have their periods, which we support.  They may also wear black tights when they are menstruating. We do not sell skirts, but we do sell black dance shorts and black tights.

Also, Ms. Abra will loan out her ballet skirts if needed.  Please ask her or her assistant, and they will give you a combination to the locker in the lobby where the skirts are stored.  Please return the skirt to the locker after class.

We have reviewed some other ballet schools’ policies on this subject, and found that they are similar.  Thank you for your understanding and support, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


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