Be a part of SJDT's Studio Company

San Jose Dance Theatre’s Studio Company features dancers from the academy program and students from the wider Bay Area community. The company provides young artists with exceptional classical ballet training and substantial performance experience. Studio Company members develop comprehensive technical proficiency, dynamic musicality, and authentic artistry through a variety of performance opportunities. 

Studio Company dancers are involved with all San Jose Dance Theatre productions with the professional company dancers. They also support the community outreach programs of San Jose Dance Theatre. 

The 56th Nutcracker Auditions

Do you want to be the next Clara or Nutcracker?

Join San Jose Dance Theatre Company and Academy onstage with the 56th Nutcracker, the oldest running Nutcracker in the Bay Area.  

Student and adult dancers from across the Bay Area and surrounding cities will come together for this Christmas favorite.  

The 56th Nutcracker will be held at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, December 10 – 19th, 2021.

**Please note: Participants are REQUIRED to attend ALL performances

Auditions will be held at the San Jose Dance Theatre studios on September 11th and 12th, at 1756 Junction Avenue Suite E, San Jose, CA. Additional COVID information and FAQ’s are below.

Register your interest below!

Nutcracker 2021 Audition poster

Additional Information Regarding COVID compliance

This year marks San Jose Dance Theatre’s 56th production of The Nutcracker and our triumphant return to LIVE performances as the Resident Ballet Company of the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. We are very excited about having you with us and need to explain the current Covid guidelines and regulations that we must follow as set by Team San Jose for all performing organizations in their theaters, including the Center for Performing Arts (CPA).

The Center for Performing Arts and Team San Jose has notified us that they will require Proof of Vaccination from all performers and volunteers at the theater. 

Obviously, this impacts our lovely dancers and volunteers who are either too young (under 12) to be vaccinated or are choosing not to get vaccinated at this point. When we know more from the health officials in September regarding when and if children UNDER 12 can be vaccinated and if you choose to vaccinate your child, the child will be eligible to perform on stage in the Nutcracker provided they are fully vaccinated 14 days before entering the theater.

Volunteers who chose not to vaccinate will still be very welcome to volunteer in other ways outside of the theater and in the studio. 

If, either the vaccines are not available before the December performances OR you choose not to vaccinate your child, we still have alternative performance options for your child to have an amazing Nutcracker experience. We may offer either an outdoor or in studio costumed performance for our families.  As always, we are committed to doing whatever we can to help keep our dancers dancing; please stay encouraged that outside performance opportunities will be available for your dancer.  

Therefore, please follow the audition schedule attached.

Nutcracker auditions for ALL dancers will be held on September 11 and 12 as planned.

-Those vaccinated please attend.

-Those Not vaccinated, please also attend.

-All dancers WILL be Cast in our production.

-ALL dancers will be allowed to attend all of their scheduled rehearsals for their parts.

Here is the good news from the theater: 

-NO Masks are required while performing onstage. (Masks required in all other places in the theater.)

-No Social Distancing is required on the stage. 

If you are fine with the above options, please proceed to register for Nutcracker auditions if you have not already above. 

Registration Fee is Due September 9, invoices will be sent via QuickBooks today and early next week. If for some reason, you decide to withdraw from the production, you must do so BEFORE the September 17 mandatory participation meeting or you will not receive a refund.  

Please use this link to SJ Theaters safety/ for up-to-date information about Audience Safety requirements.

Please also see attached the schedule for the audition weekend, please make sure you bring your headshot to the audition for our judging panel.

Nutcracker Tickets can be purchased at event/the-56th-nutcracker-san- jose-dance-theatre/

More information will be emailed in the next few days.

Frequently Asked Questions

The San Jose Dance Theatre Studio Company program is charged on a performance fee basis. Depending on the performance these fees vary.

Payment plans can be arranged for tuition. Scholarships for merit and financial hardship are also available by application. Please contact [email protected] for more information. 

Studio company students are responsible for finding their own housing.  We may be able to recommend housing possibilities or facilitate contact with other students, Trainees and company members who are are looking for housing.

There is a black SJDT Company leotard that is required. You are required to wear ballet attire for all classes. 

Rehearsals for the program run on Saturdays and Sundays and vary depending on the students’ rehearsal schedule.

There may be occasions where students need to rehearse during the weekdays. Plenty of notice is given for these rehearsals.

An altered schedule will be advised for production weeks.