The Nutcracker

18 September 2021


Newspaper Feature

Dance schools collaborate on a new kind of Nutcracker

Tracy-Lea Bloch talks passionately about her latest project in a soft South African accent which matches her most graceful job.

As artistic director and founder of Lower Lonsdale dance academy Ballet Bloch Canada, she has taken a beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, and turned it slightly on its ear.

“What I’m trying to do is tap in to what people enjoy,” explains Bloch. “Some love the ballet, some like a bit more of a beat.”


The Nutcracker

Ballet Bloch Canada presents The Nutcracker at Kay Meek Arts Centre on 10-11 December.

Children in and around Vancouver participate every year in our Nutcracker production – a beloved holiday tradition celebrated through the beauty of dance and music. We foster a coming together of all dance schools and performing genres to build a shared community in dance. Our open auditions on Saturday 18 September offer dancers many opportunities from: young ballerina roles as Mice and Bon-Bons, to Corps de Ballet experience in Snowflakes and Flowers, to lead characters like Clara, Rat Queen and Nutcracker Doll/Prince. The beautiful Dream Clara and exquisite Sugarplum Fairy gain experience and exposure in Pas de Deux (partnering work). A magical production that offers performances in December.

Register to audition and share the stage to mark this extraordinary event. An exciting Christmas story for the whole family.


The Nutcracker

Boys & girls from all dance studios in and around Vancouver are invited to audition for our annual production of The Nutcracker.

The audition is divided into four sessions:

10:30-11:30 JUNIOR (7yrs+)
(Ballet Grades: 2/3/4/5)

11:30-1:00 JUNIOR + INTERMEDIATE (9yrs+)
Ballet Grades: 4/5/6 + Int Foundation + Intermediate
(demi-pointe + character shoes)

1:30-3:30 INTERMEDIATE + ADVANCED (12yrs+)
Ballet Grades: Intermediate & Adv 1 / 2 +
(on pointe)

4:00-5:00 ADVANCED + PAS DE DEUX (15yrs+)
Ballet Grades: Adv 1 / 2 +
(on pointe)

Please register for the audition below – there is no fee to audition. We look forward to meeting you and having you participate in our Nutcracker experience.


18 December 2021




Ballet Bloch Canada

#108 - 275 Fell Ave, North Vancouver BC, V7P 3R5, CANADA