Nashville's Nutcracker Youth Cast


Nashville’s version of the timeless holiday classic returns for the ninth consecutive year, with more than 200 dancers per performance taking audiences on a fantastic journey through a dreamland filled with beloved characters. We are excited to offer your child the opportunity to join us on stage in this Nashville tradition.


All children who auditioned for Nashville's Nutcracker in 2016 will receive an email notifying them of whether or not they received a role. Decision letters will be emailed Friday, September 23 beginning at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Make sure to add Nashville Ballet to your address book or trusted sender list to make sure you receive our email. If you haven’t received an email by Monday, September 26 after checking your spam and junk folders, please contact Nashville Ballet.

Community youth auditions for Nashville's Nutcracker are usually held in August or September for children ages 8-11. Roles for children 12 and up are cast from students in the School of Nashville Ballet. Check back next summer for more information on 2017 Nashville's Nutcracker youth cast auditions.

Nashville's Nutcracker youth cast MEMBERS are given the opportunity to:

  • Experience a structured audition process
  • Receive instruction from professional dancers and artistic staff
  • Perform onstage at TPAC in a professional ballet
  • Witness and participate in all that happens backstage before, during and after the performance
  • Develop a greater understanding of the role of the individual dancer as an integral part of a larger team that includes dancers, directors, technical, wardrobe, and artistic staff
  • Engage the artistic staff in conversations that may inspire, encourage and support the educational choices in their growth 


Please see the Resources section below for schedules and frequently asked questions about the Nashville's Nutcracker youth cast. If you have additional questions, contact us at or (615) 297-0287.

2016 Youth Cast Members in the News


The deadline to order 2016 youth cast t-shirts was October 16. Orders will be available for pick-up in early November.

T-shirts are unisex and feature the 2016 Nashville's Nutcracker snowflake design on the front and the names of youth cast members on the back.

A limited number of additional youth cast t-shirts may be available for purchase after pre-ordered shirts are picked up. Please contact or (615) 297-0287 with any questions.



  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 23, 2016 at 2 p.m.