Great Lakes Dance Academy

We, at Great Lakes Dance Academy, are committed to providing you with the very best Performing Arts education. We want each experience at our academy to be positive and inspiring. Our capable teachers and staff are passionate about dance education and the performing arts. We look forward to sharing our passion with each student, and helping each dancer, singer, and actor reach their goals.

The Nutcracker

Big News at Great Lakes Dance Academy!! We’re finally doing it; we’re planning and producing our very own production of The Nutcracker.

This program will be for any interested ballet dancer. There will be roles for students and adults.  The youngest dancers will be 7 (or in Grade 2 at school.) and we’ll need some brave men and women to dance and act in the Act 1 party scene as parents and party guests. GLDA will be investing in costumes, props and sets that will be used each year as this will become an annual event for our community.

There is no cost for participating in the production other than a small fee for costume maintenance and of course, tickets!!

We are very excited to offer a program that will enhance our dancers’ training without costing our dance families. We’re also excited to be creating something that will bring together people in our Brights Grove community and beyond.

What to know:

Auditions: Sunday, April 30th, 2023

10:00-10:30 Ages 7-10

10:45-11:30 Ages 11-13

11:30-12 Ages 11-13 -Pointe

12:30-1:15 Ages 10-18 – Acrobatics

1:30-2:00 Ages 14+

2:00-2:45 Ages 14+ Pointe

You can sign up in the office at the studio or by emailing:

Requirements to audition:

  • Ballet training/ experience
  • Be enrolled in at least 1 ballet class per week (dancers aged 7-10) next season.
  • Dancers who are on pointe should be in 2 ballet classes and a pointe class each week next season.
  • There are also roles for Acro dancers, and adults who can act and move well with easy choreography.
  • You are not required to be registered at GLDA, we welcome any dancers with experience to audition.


Rehearsals: This year, over the summer, we will rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. (In future years, it will be once a week. This year because we are creating from the ground up rehearsals will require more time.)

Not everyone will be required at every rehearsal, and we will work around your vacations as much as possible.

Starting in September: Rehearsals will be Thursday evenings and some Sundays.

The performances:

Dress Rehearsal: November 22 and 23
Performances: Friday, November 24, 2023, Evening performance
Saturday, November 25, 2023, Matinee performance

Saturday, November 25, 2023, Evening performance

Volunteers: Not ready for on stage? We will need backstage support!

We will need:

Costumes volunteers
Set and Prop designers/ builders
Help with advertising and social media
Stage Managers


Don’t worry if you haven’t worked on a production before! We’re happy to teach you!

If you have questions or want to volunteer, send them to .


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