Greenwich Ballet Academy presents‘The Nutcracker’

This year’s production of The Nutcracker will showcase students like Elisabeth Beyer as Clara and Aidan Buss of Old Greenwich, who will dance the role of the Prince.

This year’s production of The Nutcracker will showcase students like Elisabeth Beyer as Clara and Aidan Buss of Old Greenwich, who will dance the role of the Prince.

Now that the holiday season is here, what better way to mark it than with a performance of the legendary ballet The Nutcracker right here in Greenwich.

The Greenwich Ballet Academy, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) helping young dancers ages four to 21 in Fairfield and Westchester Counties toward careers in classical ballet and contemporary dance will hold performances of the holiday favorite on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

Both performances will be held at Greenwich High School with free parking and easy, accessible ticketing. More information is available online at Greenwichballetacademy.org.

This year’s production of The Nutcracker will showcase the GBA’s elite students. Amanda Kraus of Chappaqua, N.Y. will dance the role of Sugarplum Fairy. Marie Jose Esquivel of Stamford,will dance the Snow Queen Pas de Deux and returning from last year’s production is Elisabeth Beyer of Rye, N.Y. who will dance the role of Clara. Aidan Buss of Old Greenwich will dance the role of Prince.

“It’s important to us that all students with an interest in ballet are given every possible opportunity to participate,” said Yuri Vodolaga, the academy’s artistic director. “The ability to work alongside our most talented and senior students and receive the highest quality instruction has really propelled these performances to near professional levels.”

All of the academy’s dancers will participate in The Nutcracker and many pre-academy students will be performing in their very first production. Students in levels 1-8 will have at least two roles in The Nutcracker, with some having as many as five roles as they receive pre-professional training in classical ballet.

The program is open and welcomes all dedicated students of classical ballet, regardless of whether or not they intend to become professional dancers.

“Greenwich Ballet Academy attracts students from the tri-state area as young as five years of age through high school,” said GBA chairman Jeanne Hendrickson. “This is unique in that each and every student is provided quality stage experience, which is essential to their development as a dancer. I’m thrilled to be associated with these dedicated students.”

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