The Nutcracker

Southwest Ballet Theatre, in partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College, is seeking dancers ages 5 to adult for four performances of its seventh annual “Nutcracker” production. 

Dancers will share the stage with professional guest artists in the holiday classic.

This year’s production will be under the artistic direction of Tasha Stramecki. 

“We are very excited to return to the stage at EMCC after a year away,” Stramecki said. “We are planning a show that will delight new audience members but also surprise our returning patrons.”

Dancers can audition at EMCC’s Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. All information — including group times, fees, dress code and ballet class requirements — is available at

performances/auditions. Auditioning dancers must reserve a space online prior to Sept. 11.

Adults with acting experience who are interested in participating in this year’s production should contact Southwest Ballet at

Performances are Thursday, Dec. 16, to Sunday, Dec. 19, at EMCC’s Performing Arts Center, located at 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale. Tickets go on sale online Friday, Oct. 1.