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RC Dance Center Announces Dance Week & “Nutcracker” Auditions

By Lisa Paredes
Associate Editor

The Red Chair School of Performing Arts, formerly located on Magnolia Blvd., has opened the doors of its new, 3000 square foot space on Winona Ave. in northwest Burbank, and taken on the moniker of RC Dance Center. RC Dance Center continues to offer the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) curriculum, pre-school dance programs, commercial dance programs like tap, jazz and hip hop, a theatre program and adult programs including yoga and ballet.

The "Nutcracker" Sugar Plum Fairy dances onstage. (Photo Courtesy of Andrea Mullen)

The “Nutcracker” Sugar Plum Fairy dances onstage. (Photo Courtesy of Andrea Mullen)

Founded in 2005, The Red Chair began as a full performing arts facility and became affiliated with ABT in New York. Now, as RC Dance Center, it is the only school in Los Angeles to follow the high quality dance curriculum of the ABT. The same staff and family-friendly environment continue to be hallmarks of the company, while housed in a new, state-of-the-art space.

Open auditions for the yearly production of “The Nutcracker Ballet” for ages 5 – 21 will be held at RC Dance Center on September 21 and 22. Male and female leads audition on Saturday, September 21. On Sunday the 22nd, callbacks for lead roles and auditions for Clara and the supporting cast will be held.

“RC Dance Center is honored to support Red Chair Children’s Production Company with a fundraising Dance Week!” comments Jennifer Bosco, Artistic Director and a teacher at the studio. “As a grass-roots program ourselves we believe in creating positive opportunities for children and young adults to shine and express themselves through the arts.”

Ballet dancer practice at RC Dance Center. (Photo Courtesy of Spencer Filichia)

The Red Chair Children’s Production Company, a 501 c3 organization that RC Dance Center supports through studio use and choreography, continues to present the annual “Nutcracker,” the spring dance showcase and musical theatre productions.

“RC Dance Center is proud to collaborate with the Red Chair Children’s Production Company for their 2013 performance of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” Ms. Bosco continues. “Creating and supporting such a positive, community-centered program keeps us focused on what truly matters in life, which is gratitude, love and family.”

A fundraising event will be held the week of September 16 – 21, as the studio offers many classes for a nominal $2 per class, with all proceeds benefiting the upcoming “Nutcracker” production, which will be held on December 6-8, 2013. For a list of offered classes, visit www.redchairproduction.org. The $2 per class special applies to a variety of classes, from adult yoga and ballet, to mommy and me and preschool classes, to beginning ballet, tap and jazz, and includes contemporary dance and acting classes.

Red Chair Children’s Production Company to Hold Open Auditions for ‘The Nutcracker’

Attention future toy soldiers, gingersnaps, and dancing candy canes! The Red Chair Children’s Production Company in Burbank is holding open auditions for young performers ages 5 to 18 for its 7 th annual production of The Nutcracker. Boys and girls active in the performing arts are encouraged to audition for this lavishly staged holiday classic ballet. Auditions will take place Sunday, September 23 at the Red Chair School of Performing Arts, 4111 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.

Available roles range from the colorful ensemble of Victorian-era party guests, toy soldiers, mice, snowflakes, Land of the Sweets treats, to principal roles such as Clara, her brother Fritz, the Mouse King, and The Nutcracker. Red Chair’s The Nutcracker is one of the few Los Angeles-area ballets featuring youth in prominent roles along with adult performers in a high quality, pre-professional production.

The Nutcracker will be presented Sunday, December 9th at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. This timeless holiday ballet takes the audience on a magical journey on an enchanted Christmas Eve with a girl named Clara, whose toy nutcracker comes to life and whisks her away to the Land of the Sweets.

Open audition schedule for Sunday, September 23 is: ages 5 at 10:00 am; ages 6-7 at 10:30 am; ages 8-9 at 11:00 pm, ages 10-12 at 1:00 pm, ages 13-18 at 2:00 pm.

Non-dancer and gymnast auditions start at 2:45 pm. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the audition to register.

Those auditioning should wear dance attire or exercise apparel. Please bring socks if the child does not have ballet shoes. Students who currently dance en pointe should bring their pointe shoes. Please have hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail.  Performers must be prepared to make a commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances once they are cast in the production. Rehearsals begin take place on weekends for 10 weeks in Burbank prior to the show. Parents of children cast in roles must attend a mandatory parents’ meeting, date TBA.

Fees are $155, which includes the company membership fee, the costume fee and performance DVD. The costume itself remains the property of the production company or its costume vendors. Parents will be responsible for their children’s shoes, leotards, tights and hair products.

Red Chair Children’s Production Company is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2004 that creates extraordinary theatre and dance experiences for children and youth. For more information about the Red Chair Children’s Production Company, please contact Anna Smith at (818) 640-4645 or visit www.redchairproductions.org.