The Asheville Ballet’s Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in Asheville for almost half a century, and once again, families will be charmed by the ballet’s greatest classic.

This all-time favorite story of Clara’s magical midnight trip to the Land of Sweets is classical ballet at its best. Snow will fall in the Snow Queen’s kingdom, scary rats will frighten and good soldiers will rescue Clara, the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Cavalier will dance their eternally lovely pas de deux, and beautiful flowers will waltz, and waltz, and waltz.

There is an historical line behind our production, from Petipa and Vaganova in 19th century Russia, to their pupil and dancer George Balanchine in 20th century New York, to his pupil Ann Dunn in 21st century Asheville.

This year’s production features exciting new choreography for Angels, Rats, Russian, and Chinese. A new Firebird Doll will entertain Clara. The artistic team that has built on original choreography by Marius Petipa, Ann Dunn, and Lyle Laney includes Fleming Lomax, Allison Hertzberg, Tricia Renshaw, and Rebecca Nohria.

The ballet is excited to welcome back Jaime Thompson as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Daniel Johnson as her Cavalier.

“Asheville is so fortunate to have a resident ballet company of this caliber,” says Ann Dunn, Artistic Director. “The community has, essentially, a year-long resident repertoire company. Seasoned ballet fans and novices alike have the opportunity to watch consummate professionals perform a wide variety of roles, from classical to contemporary.”

A perfect opportunity for young people to encounter professional classical dance and a wonderful, traditional story, in a real theatrical experience.

Asheville residents are invited to come enjoy The Nutcracker on Dec. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8-9 at 2:30 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre. Box office 828.257.4530.

Tickets from $15-50.

For more information call The Asheville Academy of Ballet at 252-4761. 

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