New Heights Dance Theater, a resident dance company of Clemens Center, is proud to produce two great productions each year.  The Nutcracker in Motion and Spring Awakening: A Collection of Ballet Pieces.

The Nutcracker in Motion has been billed as a fast-paced, jazzed up version of the classic holiday ballet Nutcracker.  New Heights Dance Theater's twist on this production will provide you with toe tapping music, elaborate costumes, and props. Talented dancers will bring with them dance variations that will include: jazz, modern, lyrical, acro, as well as traditional elements such as classic ballet and pointe.

Spring Awakening is a presentation of several Classical Ballet pieces featuring mostly ballet with a few character roles throughout.  We hope to broaden the dancers and our audience's knowledge of some of these great classical ballet performances and inspire our dancers to want to learn more about each of these stories.  We feel this is a great opportunity to expand the repertories and minds of our company dancers and introduce them to great classical ballet pieces that have been around for hundreds of years.   2015's preformance will include pieces from Coppelia, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and much more.   2015 performance was supported by a grant from the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

New Heights Dance Theater includes dancers of all ages from the Twin Tiers. They bring with them a wide variety of dance training and experiences. Each dancer is chosen for our productions through auditions open to dancers ages 6 years old and up.  For more information about auditions, membership and productions, please contact us today.

2015 - 2016 AUDITIONS

2015 Nutcracker in Motion
December 19, 2015 (2 Performances) @Clemens Center
2016 Spring Awakening
April 2016 (Date & Location To Be Determined)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Leslie School of Dance - Watkins Glen Studio (317 North Franklin Street)
4:00 - 5:30 PM:  Dancers ages 6-12 (ballet, jazz, tumbling)
6:00 - 8:00 PM:  Dancers 13 years and older (ballet, jazz, tumbling)
8:00 - 8:30 PM:  Pointe Dancers (all ages)

Monday, August 10, 2015
Leslie School of Dance - Elmira Heights Studio (251 East 14th Street
4:00 - 5:30 PM:  Dancers ages 6-12 (ballet, jazz, tumbling)
6:00 - 8:00 PM:  Dancers 13 years and older (ballet, jazz, tumbling)
8:00 - 8:30 PM:  Pointe Dancer (all ages)

Audition Attire
Females: Black Leotard, Pink Tights, Ballet or Jazz Shoes.  Hair in Bun. No shorts or skirts. (Pointe Dancers must audition in Pointe Shoes)
Males:  Black Shorts or Pants, White Shirt, Black Ballet or Jazz Shoes.

$25.00 Audition Fee for 1 Production ($30 Day of Audition)
$30.00 Audition Fee for 2 Productions ($35 Day of Audition)
$15.00 NHDT Renewing NHDT Membership
$20.00 NHDT New NHDT Membership
$50.00 NIM Production Fee
$40.00 SA Production Fee
$20.00 NIM Costume Rental Fee (The fee will be refunded if all costumes are returned in good condition.)

Additional Information
  • Rehearsals for these productions mainly occurs on Saturdays through out the year.
  • Nutcracker in Motion Cast Members are required to attend a summer intensive camp. This year it will be held from August 24-27, 2015 at the Leslie School of Dance Studios in Elmira Heights or Watkins Glen.
  • Dancers who audition for Spring Awakening will be notified by December 2015 of the date and location of the production.
  • It is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend you are enrolled in summer dance classes to keep up your skills. You will be required to be enrolled in appropriate dance classes in the fall.
  • If you are unable to attended theses auditions and still wish to audition, please contact NHDT as soon as possible. (SORRY, THIS OPTIONS IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.)
  • There are no absences from NIM summer intensive camp. Two absences are allowed during NIM rehearsals. One absence is allowed from SA.

Rehearsal (Photo by Barb Mechalke)

2014 Nutcracker in Motion (Photo by Liz Fischer)

2015 Spring Awakening Cast

2014 Nutcracker in Motion Cast Members @ Apple Ridge Adult Community Center. (Photo by Barb Mechalke)

2014 Nutcracker in Motion Seniors (Photo by Barb Mechalke)

2015 Spring Awakening, A Collection of Ballet Pieces was partly funded by a grant from The Arts Council of the Finger Lakes.

Thank you for your support!
Dimon & Bacorn
Official Sponsor of NHDT 
for over 10 years!
Supporter Members
Judy Caruso
Mr. & Mrs. Scott Gibson
Mr. & Mrs. Devin Sargent
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swinnerton

Associate Member
Ervay Family
Hatfield Family

Patron Member
Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Salvatore
Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Stimson
Mrs. Sally Nucero

Star Member
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Putnam
Mr. & Mrs. John Updyke

Angel Members
Mr. & Mrs. William Fischer

A Resident Dance Company of Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira, NY 14901