september 16 & 17, 2022

The Russian Dance

Contact Us

​​Our Tradition

This year marks our 15th Nutcracker season. Come be a part of it as we return to the "big stage," set to perform Dec. 17&18 at Sherwood Hall in Salinas! We offer our community dance education and a fun family experience, throughout the whole process. It has been a great enrichment to our holiday season. There is something for everyone! We have a cast from ages baby to adult! We have been told that the experience is unforgettable! Join us in the tradition of The Nutcracker!

The Audition

The Nutcracker auditions are fairly simple... Read this year's audition details by clicking here. (Schedule is on the audition flyer at right.)

--> Show up with a leotard, tights, ballet shoes, and hair fastened back in a bun (no bangs or fly-aways; boys have it slicked out of your face!) -- prior to your designated time and wait to be received on a first-come basis, in small audition groups.

--> Please bring a hard copy of an 8 x 10 head-shot (doesn't have to be professional, just a good shot from shoulders-up). We also have a headshot-taking station where we will photograph and print one for you for $5.

--> Fill out an audition form (digital form is online this year), noting any scheduling conflicts for the Nutcracker season ahead! This will help us to better cast the production, as well as adjust scheduling, if need be.

--> Roles: There are parts that have a ballet-level requirement. Click HERE to view the roles list and necessary qualifications that casting is roughly based on. For instance, the Clara audition must at least be a dancer from ballet levels 5+. Lead roles will be auditioned in the Ballet 7 level. Gymnastic or other non-ballet Country Dance or Party Scene leads will be auditioned on Friday.
Casting is dependent upon who turns out for the audition, and ultimately Director discretion.

Anticipate an announcement within a week or so. The cast list will be emailed, announced on social media, and posted at the studio. Please note some considerations we take in casting:

* We take into consideration scheduling conflicts, as your availability will affect rehearsal scheduling, and therefore affect the parts we may/may not be able to give you.

* Also know that SPLITS play a huge role in casting. If you don't have your split(s)-both sides and/or centers, the parts available to you are greatly limited.

* We try to cast family members in the same show(s), so please let us know if there are people to be in the same cast (easier for friends/family to come watch the shows!). Usually AD/BC assignments are announced for the split-casted roles come early October, once we figure out sizing and conduct fittings for costumes that need to be shared between casts.

* Lastly, once the cast list is released, please let us know if you are unable to participate ASAP, so we can make re-casting and scheduling arrangements, as necessary.
Accept roles/express participation no later than Oct. 1, by paying your cast fees for the assigned parts and filling out a Participation & Decorum Agreement Form.

The Land of Sweets

Then Clara is escorted to the Land of Sweets where she is greeted by dancing candies.  The Prince and Clara are received by an International Court, where they tell of their daring battle with the army of mice, and are rewarded with a celebration of fantastic international dances:

The Land of Snow

The Nutcracker turns into a Prince and whisks Clara off in a sleigh, on a journey to the Land of Snow,  an enchanted forest wonderland where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes.

Copyright © San Benito Dance Academy  |  All Rights Reserved

The Send-Off

Clara is presented one last dance by the International Court, and is sent off in the sleigh.

The Party Scene

It is Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house- - A large and grand house with the most beautiful tree imaginable.  The Stahlbaums are hosting their annual Christmas party, welcoming the arrival of their family and friends.  The children, Clara and Fritz, are dancing and playing as they welcome their friends too.

The party grows festive with music and dance as godfather Drosselmeyer arrives.  He is an amazing toy-maker and always full of magical surprises.  Drosselmeyer draws everyone's attention as he presents life-sized dolls.  They are the delight of the party, each taking a turn to dance.

The children begin to open gifts when Drosselmeyer presents to his Clara, a beautiful Nutcracker that becomes the hit of the party.  Although his gift to Fritz is quite nice, he gives Clara the beautiful Nutcracker.  Fritz becomes jealous and having a bit more spunk than a boy should have, grabs the nutcracker from Clara and promptly breaks it.  Clara is heartbroken looking on as Drosselmeyer quickly repairs the Nutcracker with a handkerchief he magically draws from the air.

As the evening grows late, the guest depart and the Stahlbaum family retires for the evening.  Clara, worried about her beloved Nutcracker, sneaks back to the tree to check on him, falling asleep with him in her arms.

The Chinese Dance

The Nutcracker: The audition

 The Nutcracker Story

The Arabian Dance

Stay Connected

Dance of the Shepherdess

Be a part of a holiday tradition!

The Send-Off

Clara is presented one last dance by the International Court, and is sent off in the sleigh.

The Battle Scene

As the clock strikes midnight strange things begin to happen.  Clara begins shrinking as her beautiful Christmas tree grows high above her.  The toys around the tree come to life while the room fills with an army of mice, lead by the fierce Mouse Queen.  The Nutcracker leads his army of toy soldiers into battle with the mice.  The Mouse Queen has an epic fight with the Nutcracker one-on-one. The Nutcracker seems to be no match for the Mouse Queen. The Nutcracker and his army can go on no longer and are captured by the mice and their Queen.  Clara makes a final daring charge throwing her slipper at the Mouse Queen.  The Nutcracker rises and stabs the Mouse Queen.  She drops to the floor and the mice run away, carrying off their leader's lifeless body. The Nutcracker gives Clara her shoe back, and soothes her fears, as he dances her worries away, guiding her into a new world.

The Spanish Dance


Know that with our youngest dancers, many of the roles are split-cast. We have four shows:
A-​ ​1:00pm matinee Saturday  //  B-​ ​6:00pm evening Saturday  //  C-​ ​1:00pm matinee Sunday  //  D-​ ​6:00pm evening Sunday

We typically separate those casts into AD and BC: ​ ​​AD cast: 1pm Saturday, 6pm Sunday  // ​ BC cast: 6pm Saturday, 1pm Sunday
This will help you know which rehearsal times to come to, shows to purchase tickets for, tell friends and family, etc.

Rehearsal Scheduling

We will announce the intended season's scheduling at the same time the cast list is released. We base rehearsal scheduling on times studio space and choreographers are available, as well as try to take into consideration scheduling conflicts, if listed on your audition form.

Consult this documentto know how much is charged, based on each part. There is a $100 Participation Fee (per family) that will be waived upon completion of any given volunteer duties.

101 McCray Street, Suite 104 Hollister CA 95023 USA        



The Waltz of the Flowers