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BalletNova Nutcracker Opens November 29
Season includes theatrical and pre-school performances, community outreach and education programs
BalletNova's redesigned Nutcracker will feature new choreography by several BalletNova faculty members including Principal of the Pre-Professional Division Constance Walsh, Maria Watson, Shu-Chen Cuff and Carmen Perez. This is the first time BalletNova's The Nutcracker has been re-choreographed since 2004.
"Nancie Woods and Caroline Frankil Warren created a magical Nutcracker for us to continue to perform year after year in 2004," Walsh said. "I cannot begin to express thanks to the incredible faculty that have enthusiastically joined in the creating of this year's Nutcracker. It's a thrill to provide our young people with the opportunity to show their versatility as dancers while introducing them to the experience of creating new choreography that will be passed on to others in the coming years."
The production will also feature new costumes and additional characters. BalletNova's in-house costume mistress Sally Finley spent over 600 hours designing and creating costumes for the roles of the Nutcracker, Snow Queen, the snow corps, snow sprites, Chinese and Arabian divertissements and Drosselmeyer's Faeries. New characters include the Governess (played by Alex Miegel), Harlequin Doll (played by BalletNova student Daniel Rodriguez) and a restructured Arabian pas de deux, featuring Zachary Scott Jr. and BalletNova student Megan Fuglestad.
BalletNova's Nutcracker season includes: free performances in partnership with Barnes & Noble; Girl Scout education programs, community outreach performances, six theatre performances, four pre-school Petite shows and two Nutcracker Teas at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City.
This year BalletNova welcomes special guest Cavalier, Kenny Corrigan:
Kenny Corrigan is a native of Southwick, Massachusetts, currently residing in New York City as a freelance dancer. Kenny was featured on season 9 of Americas Got Talent with the group Bad Boys of Ballet, who made it all the way to the Semi-Finals. He has studied in various forms of dance from acrobatics and ballet, to tap, jazz and hip-hop. Kenny attended Point Park University as a BFA with a modern dance concentration. During his time at PPU, and at summer intensives at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Kenny was fortunate to study under the direction of Peter Merz, Susan Stowe, Robert Garland, David Nash, Dana Arey, Kwang Suk Choi, Ernest Tolentino, Laura Halzack and Bernie Courtney. Since then, he has worked with several dance companies such as Texture Contemporary Ballet, Bad Boys of Ballet, Freckled Sky and Buglisi Dance Theatre. Kenny has been fortunate to dance for artists such as Silentó, Neil Patrick Harris, Karlie Kloss and Jimmy Fallon to name a few. Most currently, Kenny has toured through France with Sweetbird Productions, leading the show, "Best of Rock the Ballet," as well as 'Romeo' in "Rasta Thomas' Romeo and Juliet." He is grateful that his career has given him the opportunity to travel the world and looks forward to seeing what the future has in store.
The Sugar Plum Fairy is being danced by Willa Frantz (Fairfax, VA).
Here is the season schedule:
Barnes & Noble Nutcracker Storytimes:
Costumed dancers read the story of the Nutcracker to children, followed by a mini-performance of Nutcracker dances.
Saturday, Nov. 3 – B&N Clarendon, 11:30 am
Saturday, Nov. 10 – B&N Tyson Corner, 11:30 am
Saturday, Nov. 17 – B&N Seven Corners, 11:30 am
All programs are free and open to the public.
Nutcracker Theatre Performances:
Thursday, Nov. 29 – 7:30 PM
Friday, Nov. 30 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 1 – 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
- Behind the Scenes Girl Scout Education Program at 11:00 am - $7/pp
Sunday, Dec. 2 – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
- Behind the Scenes Girl Scout Education Program at 1:30 pm - $7/pp
George Mason High School Theater – 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church 22043
Advanced Sale: $18-$42 (additional $3 at the door)
Nutcracker Petites (Pre-school performances):
Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Advanced Sale: $16-$26 (additional $3 at the door)
Fredgren Studio Theatre (at BalletNova)
Nutcracker Teas at the Ritz
Guests enjoy a delightful high tea Ritz-Carlton style, pictures with the Sugar Plum Fairy, crafts, raffle prizes and a mini-performance of excerpts from The Nutcracker
Sunday, Dec. 16 at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm
Individual Tickets – Adults: $75, Children under 12 - $45.
Reserved tables available - $310 - $1,250 (portion is tax-deductible)
Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City- 1250 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202
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BalletNova Center for Dance, founded in 1981, is dedicated to educating and mentoring dancers in a positive, nurturing environment and preserving the traditions of classical ballet through quality dance productions and education. Formerly Arlington Center for Dance/The Center Dance Company, the organization moved to a beautiful six-studio 20,800 square foot state-of-the-
BalletNova is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization supported in part by the ARTSFAIRFAX, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.