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Ballet Arkansas brings the holiday season to life with The Nutcracker

Little Rock, AR (December 4, 2013) Celebrate the season with your professional ballet company as we continue a favorite Christmas tradition performing The Nutcracker accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Geoffrey Robson. The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her magical nutcracker doll and their wondrous journey to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets. Every year this fun field production creates lifelong memories for hundreds of Arkansas families. With gorgeous scenery, enchanting costumes and original choreography, Ballet Arkansas will present The Nutcracker at Robinson Center Music Hall on December 12th - 15th. The five performances include seniors & student only matinees on the 12th and 13th and public performances on the 13th, 14th and 15th.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Michael Bearden, and boasting choreography by ballet mistress Marla Edwards and choreographers Allison Stodola Wilson, Jana Beard, and Traci Presley, Ballet Arkansas Nutcracker will be the highlight of the holiday season. Accompanied by over 200 local actors and dance students from across Arkansas, this year’s production will feature Ballet Arkansas company members Leslie Dodge, Toby Lewellen, Justin Metcalf-Burton, Lauren McCarty Horak, Katchiri Feys, Paul Tillman, Amanda Sewell, Deanna Karlheim, Laurel Dix and Julianne Zilahy. In addition, there will be special performances by former company members Sean Porter (Arabian/Russian) and Anna Kirkes (Arabian), as well as guest artist UALR professor Stephen K. Stone as Herr Drosselmeyer, and Ballet West soloist Beau Pearson as Cavalier opposite Leslie Dodge as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

On December 8th, Ballet Arkansas will present the annual Nutcracker Tea at The Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock from 2:00-4:00pm. With Nutcracker Tarts, Sugar Plum Pavlovas, various other savory treats and a mini performance by the Ballet Arkansas professional company, this once a year event provides a delicious opportunity for your little Sugar Plum or Nutcracker Prince to meet the characters from the ballet up close. Tickets are $25 and may be reserved in advance at www.balletarkansas.org.

The Nutcracker is the perfect yuletide gift, the ideal means of introducing children to the power and beauty of classical dance, and a delightful way for the entire family to ring in the holiday season. Make Ballet Arkansas’Nutcracker part of your holiday celebration this December! To purchase tickets for the December 13th, 14thor 15th public shows to The Nutcracker, visit www.balletarkansas.org or call 501-666-1761. Tickets range from $20-$52. Tickets for the Nutcracker School Matinees on December 12th & 13th, can be purchased by contacting Ballet Arkansas at info@balletarkansas.org.

Ballet Arkansas performances of The Nutcracker are generously sponsored by: Parker Audi, the Arkansas Arts Council, Footlights Dance Store, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, Pleasant Ridge Town Center, Lily Darragh Photograhy, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Arkansas Times, Tipton Hurst, Soiree Magazine and The Point 94.1.

ABOUT BALLET ARKANSAS

Ballet Arkansas, the states only professional dance company, exists to provide world-class dance performance to Arkansans through a permanent company of dancers. An essential part of the Arkansas arts community for thirty-five years, Ballet Arkansas continues to be a trailblazer for the advancement of dance in Arkansas. From the revival and performance of world-renowned classic ballets to the commissioning of newly created choreography, Ballet Arkansas is doing its part to ensure a luminous future for ballet. As a pillar of the Arkansas arts community Ballet Arkansas is committed to increasing the visibility and accessibility of ballet as well as inspiring and educating Arkansas youth about dance.

For more information on the company or upcoming performances please visit www.balletarkansas.org.

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