Support ballet academy at ‘First Snow’ benefit

It may still be fall but it’s never too early for “First Snow” — the Greenwich Ballet Academy’s (GBA) annual Nutcracker fund-raising event, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 9.

The name First Snow was derived from GBA’s first full Nutcracker performance in 2011, which incorporated the first act of the ballet, including the Waltz of the Snow and Snow Queen Pas de Deux. First Snow became a GBA tradition after a Greenwich snowstorm coincided with the party three years ago, serving as a reminder of the possibility of those first seasonal flakes.

This year’s event offers entertainment for ballet enthusiasts and spectators alike with a gala including cocktails and a dinner buffet. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample traditional Russian desserts highlighted in the Second Act of the ballet.

“For the past few years ‘First Snow’ has served as an exciting overture to the Nutcracker,” said Yuri Vodolaga, GBA’s artistic director. “It really amplifies the excitement surrounding the upcoming seasonal favorite.”

Those attending the benefit will receive premium tickets to GBA’s performance of the Nutcracker. GBA Nutcracker tickets for the general public will be available for the first time, online, beginning on Nov. 10. Performances for this holiday favorite will be held 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.

This year’s production will showcase some of the most talented GBA students. Amanda Kraus of Mount Kisco, N.Y. will dance the role of the 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 Mr. Vodolaga. “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.”

The production will include all of the academy dancers. Students in levels 1-8 will have at least two roles in the show while some have as many as five roles. The program is open and welcomes all dedicated students of classical ballet, regardless of whether or not they intend to become professional dancers.

For those interested in attending the benefit, GBA asks that they contact Brooke Donatelli to have an invitation mailed to them at 914-305-4377 or [email protected]

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