Open Auditions for Charlotte Ballet’s Free Dance Program

Charlotte Ballet’s Reach program offers high-quality dance training from Charlotte Ballet at no cost to participants. Reach, in its eighth year, serves students ages 7-13. In addition to dance classes, Reach also provides dancewear, performance opportunities, enrichment programming and tickets to attend Charlotte Ballet performances.

Over 600 students have participated in the Reach program and reported outcomes include better grades, improved nutrition, higher self-esteem and improved discipline.

Open auditions are held each year for Reach and selection is determined based on natural abilities, the potential to be trained in dance, financial need and family commitment to the program. Students selected for the program attend classes each week at one of five Mecklenburg County recreation centers.

To register, students are asked to arrive at the recreation center 30 minutes before the audition time. Pre-registration and more information is available by visiting

Audition Schedule:

Monday, August 1, 2016, 5:30-7PM

Ivory Baker Recreation Center - 1920 Stroud Park Court, Charlotte, NC 28206

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 5:30-7PM

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center - 750 Beal Street, Charlotte, NC 28211

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 5:30-7PM

Albemarle Road Recreation Center - 5027 North Idlewild Road, Charlotte, NC 28227

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5:30-7PM

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center - 2921 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

Friday, August 5, 2016, 5:30-7PM

Hickory Grove Recreation Center - 6709 Pence Road, Charlotte, NC 28215