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Ballet Theatre Company Holding Auditions for ‘Cinderella’

BTC's 2018 production of Cinderella. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir

Auditions for Ballet Theatre Company’s ‘Cinderella’ will take place in West Hartford on Sunday, Jan. 8, and registration must take place in advance by Saturday, Jan. 7 at noon.

BTC’s 2018 production of Cinderella. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir


Open auditions for Ballet Theatre Company’s (BTC) “Cinderella” will take place Sunday, Jan. 8, at BTC’s facility located at 20 Jefferson Ave., West Hartford.

Originally premiered at the University of Saint Joseph as BTC’s very first full-length spring ballet in 2018, and the first of Artistic Director Stephanie Dattellas’ original full-lengths created for the company, BTC is thrilled to bring “Cinderella” to The Bushnell’s Belding Theater April 29-30, 2023. A delightful take on this classic fairytale, Dattellas’ “Cinderella” features classical ballet choreography interwoven with theatrical elements and dazzling effects that keep the magic alive. “Cinderella” includes a variety of roles, though only a limited number of student dancers will be selected to join in this magical production.

While local student dancers might choose to audition for a number of productions this spring, dancers selected to perform in BTC’s “Cinderella” will have the unique opportunity of dancing alongside a resident company of local West Hartford professional dancers at The Bushnell, Connecticut’s premiere presenter of the performing arts.

After many years of contracting dancers per-performance, in 2021, BTC launched a resident company of professional dancers, who are contracted for BTC’s full 34-week performance season, receiving a biweekly stipend and funds for pointe shoes. The experience of dancing alongside professional dancers is one that is invaluable to aspiring student dancers, providing inspiration and insight into a professional rehearsal and performance environment. The chance to regularly interact with local professionals in weekly rehearsals is a rewarding experience that BTC is proud to offer its student cast.

Community dancers ages 8 and up, and School of Ballet Theatre Company (SBTC) dancers placed in Ballet I+, are eligible to audition for a variety of roles in Dattellas’ “Cinderella.” Dancers currently enrolled at SBTC are asked to follow the times for their appropriate level, while dancers joining from other schools should follow the times for their age at the time of the audition. All interested dancers and their families are strongly encouraged to review the Production Overview and full details at www.dancebtc.org/audition-cinderella prior to the audition, and contact BTC’s Artistic Staff at [email protected] with any questions.

For complete audition and production details and registration, visit www.dancebtc.org/audition-cinderella. Registration closes Saturday, Jan. 7 at noon – onsite registration will not be accepted.

The schedule for the audition is as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

  • 12:30-2 p.m. – SBTC Ballet I (community dancers age 8)
  • 1-2:50 p.m. – SBTC Ballet II (community dancers age 9)
  • 1:50-4 p.m. – SBTC Ballet III (community dancers ages 10-11)
  • 2:20-4 p.m. – SBTC Ballet IV+ (community dancers ages 12+)

*Please note that dancers may be asked to stay longer or released earlier than the schedule predicts depending on the needs of the Artistic Staff.

BTC’s “Cinderella,” choreographed by Artistic Director Stephanie Dattellas, will take place April 29-30, 2023, with a total of three public performances, including one sensory-friendly performance, A Sensory-Friendly Ballet. The Sensory-Friendly Ballet ticket purchases will be open to the public for people of all ages. Local children’s advocacy agencies will also be offered tickets to this special sensory-friendly theater experience. Tickets are on sale now for all performances. Visit, www.bushnell.org/shows-concerts for more details and to purchase tickets today!

Ballet Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It is supported in part by Ron and Nancy Compton, The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Maximillian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, The Edward C and Ann T Roberts Foundation, The William and Alice Mortenson Foundation, The Long Foundation, The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, The Robert & Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation, The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust, The Ahearn Family Foundation, The Buchalter and Breslow Family, The John and Kelly Hartman Foundation, Virtus, Laurel Graphic Design, Cricket Press, We-Ha.com, Sky Investment Group, State Farm West Hartford, Homestead Funding Corporation, Flynn Properties, Beam & Barre, and the I.A.T.S.E. Local 84 Union.

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