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Chicago Festival Ballet Nutcracker auditions in Aurora Aug 7th & 21st.

Byline: Rachel Mytnik

Students and dancers are invited to audition for the opulent full-scale production of Von Heidecke’s Nutcracker. This production has been touring the US since 1990 to rave reviews and sold out theaters. The cast is led by numerous internationally renowned dancers and features Chicagoland’s best young students and gymnasts. Mr. von Heidecke is a choreographer of international stature having choreographed productions at major opera houses around the world.

Selected dancers will be invited to participate in this professional production of the Chicago Festival Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 7th & Saturday August 21st at VH Dance Center, 4222 Meridian Parkway, Suite 100, Aurora, IL 60504.

Auditions will take place according to the following schedule:

• 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm: dancers ages 3-4

• 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm: dancers ages 5-6

• 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: dancers ages 7-12

• 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: dancers ages 13 - professional level

• Dancers must arrive 30 minutes prior to their age group’s start time to register.

• Audition forms and information on the school are available on our website at www.vhdancecenter.com .

• Preregistration is encouraged due to capacity limits. Register online at www.vhdancecenter.com, call 630-527-1052 or email vhcfb

o Cast as Angel: $30

o Cast as Mouse & Angel: $40

o Cast as Mouse & Flower: $50

Other roles:

o Cast in two roles: $60

o Cast in three or more roles, or Clara: $70

SPECIAL OFFER: New students who audition and register for classes receive 50% off their first month’s tuition installment!

The Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet will present “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by Kenneth von Heidecke at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, and at the Ritz Theater in Tiffin, Ohio. All chosen dancers will perform at the Rialto Square Theater, while select dancers will be chosen to perform in Tiffin, OH with the professional dancers’ tour.

Rialto Square Theater:

• Sunday, November 28th at 2:00pm, at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, Illinois

Ritz Theatre:

• Saturday, December 18th at 7:30pm at the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, Ohio.

This production is choreographed by Kenneth Von Heidecke, who is the protege of legendary Prima Ballerina Assoluta Maria Tallchief, and whose works are seen around the world. The school boasts internationally acclaimed principal dancers, spectacular scenery and costumes. President Obama's daughters appeared in this production of the Nutcracker, downtown at the Harris Theater in 2007 when President Obama was still a Senator of Illinois. President Obama approached Mr.von Heidecke and Maria Tallchief to say it was one of the best productions of the Nutcracker that he has ever seen.

The school also boasts an unbelievable number of more than 40 students going on to incredible professional careers. Amongst the most elite alumni are Gold medalist U.S. Olympic figure skater Evan Lysecek, as well as Victoria Born of the popular baller film “Center Stage” and Joffery principal dancer Joanna Wozniak. Filmmaker Stuart Meyer recently completed a documentary on Mr. Von Heidecke’s life.

For more information, call (630) 527-1052, or email at vhcfb1
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