News Release
For Immediate Release
September 23, 2009

Young Ottawa dancers are invited to audition for Ballet Jörgen Canada’s uniquely Canadian Group of Seven Nutcracker

Ottawa – Ballet Jörgen Canada, Canada’s fifth largest professional ballet company,  is pleased to announce that the company will be holding auditions in Ottawa for the 2009-2010 winter tour of the Group of Seven Nutcracker. Local dancers aged 8 to 18 are invited to come and share their talent in open auditions where they will have a chance to earn a role in the Ottawa performances of this uniquely Canadian version of the great holiday and family favorite.  Local roles are for Chipmunks, Squirrels, Dragonflies, Beavers, White-Tailed Deer, Frogs, a Sock Bunny and a Bear Cub!

Ottawa auditions take place Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at

The Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Road, Bells Corners, Ontario.  To register, dancers should call or email Clea Iveson at (416) 415-5000 ext 4928 or outreach@balletjorgen.ca.

Ballet Jörgen Canada is Canada’s Local Ballet Company and with this in mind ensures that all young people have an opportunity not only to see dance, but to participate in the process.  The company’s established tradition of education and outreach gives young aspiring dancers the rare opportunity to participate on stage with a professional dance company. The cast members interact with and learn from professional dance artists while gaining invaluable performance experience in the production. In the 2008-2009 season, 142 young dancers participated in the program.

Ballet Jörgen Canada premiered the Group of Seven Nutcracker, a new Canadian version of the holiday classic, in the 2008-2009 season to overwhelming public praise and critical acclaim. Group of Seven Nutcracker is a quintessential Canadian work, a national treasure that will warm the hearts of young and old alike. Born of a  collaboration with Kleinburg’s world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the production features backdrops from Canadian 20th Century landscape artists Franklin Carmichael, Tom Thomson and L.L FitzGerald. From a wintery schoolhouse in Bisset, Ontario in 1912, to the lush summer wetlands of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, audiences are taken on a visually spectacular journey with Klara as she experiences for the first time, Canadian landscapes filled with snowflakes, Mounties, and charming woodland creatures.

Widely recognized for the innovation, warmth, humor and beauty of its productions, Ballet Jörgen Canada is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire consisting exclusively of original works. With over two decades of creating opportunities for Canadian choreographers and engagement with communities through outreach and educational activities, Ballet Jörgen Canada remains true to the vision of its founders, Bengt Jörgen and Susan Bodie: to be Canada’s “local” ballet company. Ballet Jörgen Canada’s educational activities range from its long-time collaboration with George Brown College in Toronto to elementary school programming that brings ballet to children across the country. In addition, Ballet Jörgen Canada’s annual touring brings ballet performances to over 50,000 people from coast to coast in Canada and northern USA,  sharing the experience of ballet with more communities in Canada than any other dance company.

Recently, Ballet Jörgen Canada identified Ottawa as a future “hub” community, meaning that the company intends in the next five years to work to become the capital region’s premier ballet company, bringing designated performance, education and outreach activities to local audiences with a company of dancers  resident in the national capital.

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For more information about Ottawa auditions and for interviews contact:
Laura Denker
LOF Communications
Tel: 613 747 5949
Cell: 613 299 8844
Email: laura@lofcomm.com