We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Winter Performance will be our premiere of:

“The Nutcracker:  Clara's Christmas Dream”

This will be a two-act adaptation of the beloved holiday ballet with music by Tchaikovsky, and will include a Christmas party, toy soldiers and mice, snowflakes, and a trip to the Land of Sweets!

Auditions will be held at the studio on Sunday, September 8th and are open to students in grades kindergarten and up. Students must be enrolled in DePass Studio to audition (adult students and parents are welcome to audition, too!).  Auditions will be divided by age group:

Ages 5 & 6 (*5 yr. olds must be in kindergarten): 1:30-2:00pm

Ages 7-9: 2:10-2:40pm

Ages 10-12:  2:50-3:20pm

Ages 13+: 3:30-4:00pm

Please wear appropriate dance clothes and shoes. These are group auditions, so no preparation is necessary. Parents of students who are under 18 will need to sign an audition form for their dancer.

Performance dates are Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th at the Oconee County Civic Center.  Rehearsals will be held at the studio on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and each dance/section will have a regular, consistent rehearsal time (for example, Candy Canes on Saturdays from 2:00-2:45) up until the last couple of weeks before the show when we still start running the entire show in order.

If you have any questions about the audition, rehearsals, or the performance, please e-mail us at .


Encore Dance Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit cultural organization incorporated in December 2001. Formerly known as DePass & Co., Encore Dance Theatre is dedicated to making the art of dance more accessible to everyone in the community through the promotion, production and public presentation of dance. All contributions are tax deductible.


The Artistic Director is Alice DePass.

Performances have included: The Firebird, Petrouchka, The Orphan Train, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Emperor's New Clothes and many, many more!

For information about future performances call us at 706-769-1177.


Alice DePass Studio of Dance
1041 Park Drive, Watkinsville, GA
706-769-1177