Roles available for advanced dancers _lowres

Photo provided by Christy Benoit -- As a ballet dancer for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, advanced dancers will perform in 'The Nutcracker - A Tale From the Bayou' in December.

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will conduct open auditions at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 15 for local advanced dancers for its 2015-16 season at the Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court, Baton Rouge.

This audition is for classically trained, advanced-level dancers who have been on pointe for at least two years, a news release said.

These advanced dancers will perform in BRBT’s “The Nutcracker — A Tale from the Bayou,” the Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival’s Emerging Choreographer’s Performance, a weekend of classes with master dance faculty, seminars with experts and almost $40,000 in scholarship opportunities, the Gala Performance, as well as various community outreach performances.

All dancers should arrive at least 15 minutes before their audition time. Girls should wear a leotard and tights, and boys should wear white T-shirts with either black gym shorts or black tights. Audition fee is $10.

For information about the auditions or Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, call Christy Benoit at (225) 766-8379 or email

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre programs are supported in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program. Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre is a member organization of the Community Fund for the Arts.

Under the direction of Molly Buchmann and Sharon Mathews, BRBT is a nonprofit that promotes and assists the advancement of classical and contemporary dance by maintaining a performing company, presenting high-quality seasons, providing dance education and community outreach, the release stated.