Audition Information

The Downtown Dance Conservatory, planted in the heart of historic downtown Gadsden, Alabama, offers quality classical and contemporary dance education for the primary to pre-professional level dancer.

Gadsden’s Old World Nutcracker

Community Cast Audition Information

“Be a part of the magic!”

What: Auditions for a large youth cast of 6-12 years old. Open to all dancers in the community.
When: September 8, 2018
Who: Gadsden’s Old World Nutcracker youth cast is open to any child ages 7 to 12 years old.* Children 12 years and older must be currently enrolled in the Downtown Dance Conservatory Upper School for a 2nd term. These roles will be selected and cast by the artistic faculty. A cast list will be posted Monday, September 12th by noon on our

What to Wear: All dancers should wear solid color leotard, pink tights, and ballet shoes. Hair should be in a neat ballet bun. Note: All auditionees must bring a 4″ x 6″ photograph and a $15 audition fee.

If cast in the production: Dancers are required to attend all rehearsals (approximately 7 with mandatory dress rehearsal.)

Class Dress Code

The conservatory maintains a professional dress code for all classes.

Students must remain in appropriate dress code for the entirety of the year. No students will be allowed without the proper apparel. ALL dancewear is available in the Conservatory lobby beginning Fall Open House Dates and can be ordered throughout the year.

  • Pink camisole dance dress
  • Prima pink tights
  • Pink ballet shoes
  • Hair in neat bun or ponytail

DDC Tuition & Policies

45 minutes weekly

$60 / month

1 hour weekly

$65 / month

2 hours weekly

$95 / month

3 hours weekly

$105 / month

4-4.5 hours weekly

$115 / month

5 or more hours weekly

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Class Policies

Parents are invited to visit and observe classes during the Fall and Spring Semester Parents’ Week. These will be special weeks so that you may share in our learning. Our traditions are a Tea Party in the Fall and a Picnic in the Spring. If you should choose to remain in the lobby during class time, please be aware of the sound distractions. Siblings of students are not allowed to run or play loudly through the studio. Because all teachers and assistants may be tending to classes, please feel free to talk between class times or use email for any questions.

Picking Up Students After Class

For the safety of your child, no student will be allowed to wait outside the studio or walk to the car alone. Parents must come inside the studio to pick up their children.


Students should arrive and depart promptly. Regular and consistent attendance is important to the progress of the dancer. The progress of the entire class is hindered when class must be stopped in order to re-teach what was missed during an earlier session.

Missed Classes

Any missed class may be made up (if available) within one month of the missed session. If a student misses a class after February, students will not be allowed to make-up a class due to the focus of choreographic material. NO tuition refunds or reductions will be made if the student misses a scheduled class or withdraws. Make-up classes are at the discretion of the director and cannot be guaranteed available.

In the case of inclement weather, the GCSA follows the cancellation policy of the Gadsden City School Systems.

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