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Kamloops ballerinas encouraged to audition for Moscow Ballet's The Nutcracker

Auditions will take place on Sept. 17 at the Sagebrush Theatre
The Nutcracker cast in Kamloops
The cast from the 2017 production of the Moscow Ballet's The Nutcracker. (via The Academy Of Dance)

The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker might just be one of the most well-known ballets around, and next week local dancers will have the opportunity to audition for the famous ballet company.

While an opportunity like this is very rare for the Kamloops area, it is the second year in a row the ballet will be performed in the city.

According to Academy of Dance representatives, 135 dancers came out to the auditions last year (115 were given a role). They expect about 100 dancers this year as well, starting with seven-year-olds and up.

ballet2Kamloops ballerina Cassie Rigler (right) performs alongside Prima Ballerina of the Moscow Ballet Svetlana Isakova in 2017. (via The Academy of Dance)

While it takes quite a bit of skill to be accepted into a ballet of this calibre, anyone with at least one year of ballet experience, and who is currently enrolled in dance lessons, can audition.

While it’s an incredible honour to make the cut, it's a big commitment.

Ballerinas will be challenged to learn a large amount of skilled choreography in a short amount of time. This will require eight to 10 hours of in-studio rehearsals before show day, not including prep work outside of the studio.

Academy of Dance staff and volunteers also put in many hours of behind-the-scenes work to ensure the show goes off without a hitch.

Ballerinas from Kamloops and surrounding areas, including Ashcroft, Merritt and Chase, are encouraged to try out.

Auditions will be taking place on Monday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sagebrush Theatre, located at 821 Munro St.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, it stated auditions were taking place at The Academy of Dance. They're actually taking place at the Sagebrush Theatre. We apologize for the error.