Ballet School at San Jose Dance Theatre


Ballet School and San Jose Nutcracker


Ballet classes for students ages 4 years to adult since 1965. We inspire students to explore dance and foster their growth through professional ballet training, mentoring, and quality performance opportunities, such as the San Jose Nutcracker. The academy’s primary focus is classical ballet, yet students also receive training in contemporary dance, conditioning (a combination of Pilates, yoga, strengthening and stretching), pointe, repertory, and pas de deux.


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Register Now for Nutcracker Open Auditions!

Register online now for San José Dance Theatre’s Open Nutcracker Auditions! Join the magic and be a part of this Bay Area tradition! Auditions are open to the public and take place at our studio on September 9 & 10. Children and adults, dancers and actors, are all welcome to audition. Dancers register online here, and Adults/Actors register online here.

Audition times are as follows:

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

9:00-10:00am Registration
10:00-11:15am Audition for Pre-Intermediate Dancers Ages 8-11 (Male & Female, No pointe shoes). Approximate SJDT Levels: Level 2, 3.

10:30-11:30am Registration
11:30am-1:00pm Audition for Intermediate Dancers Ages 8-14 (Male & Female, 0-2 years on pointe). Approximate SJDT Level: Level 4A, 4B

1:00-2:00pm Registration
2:00-4:00PM Audition for Advanced Dancers Ages 11+ & Advanced Adult Dancers (Male & Female, 2+ years on pointe)*
*be available on Sunday for possible call backs

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

9:00-10:00am Registration
10:00-10:45AM Audition for Girls & Boys Ages 6-8. (No previous ballet training required.) Approximate SJDT Levels: Pre-Ballet, Level 1

10:00-11:00am Registration
11:00am-12:00PM Adults and Actors (No previous ballet training required.) SJDT Open Class, Adult actors and dancers.
1:00-3:00PM Call backs for advanced dancers in leading parts

Participation fee: $200.00
Volunteer requirements and FAQ found in the online registration form.

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Voted Best Dance Company Silicon Valley

Metro Magazine Best Dance Company Silicon Valley 2017

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San José Dance Theatre in 2015 and the 50th production of the San Jose Nutcracker.


Congratulations to San Jose Dance Theatre dancers for being accepted into the prestigious programs: The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington D.C., ABT New York, Bolshoi Ballet, Houston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and North Carolina School of the Arts