Greenwich Ballet Academy performs The Nutcracker

Nikita Conn

Nikita Conn

The Greenwich Ballet Academy’s Nutcracker will be performed Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m., at the White Plains Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at For more information call 914-305-4377.

The Greenwich Ballet Academy will once again be delighting audiences with its high quality version of the Nutcracker at the White Plains Arts Center, The Academy was founded nine years ago with the mission of bringing the highest excellence in classical ballet education to the Westchester and Fairfield county regions.

GreenwichBalletNutcrackerFUThe Greenwich Ballet Academy’s 2015 Nutcracker production is unique in that it draws from its own students for all of the casting. “It is remarkable to see our 16 and 17-year-olds brilliantly perform the parts of Snow Queen and Sugar Plum, usually reserved for guest professional dancers in other schools’ productions. One of our former Sugar Plums now dances for the Paris Opera Ballet. I believe seeing children who are their peers perform at such a high level is powerful and inspiring for the young people in our audiences,” said Marisol Rivera Thurman, president and chairman of the Board for Greenwich Ballet Academy.

Emma Kelly, a 17-year old senior from Easton, Connecticut, with guest student Vilhelm Bjerser, will perform the role of Sugar Plum.

Emma Kelly, a 17-year old senior from Easton, Connecticut, with guest student Vilhelm Bjerser, will perform the role of Sugar Plum.

Emma Kelly, a 17-year old senior from Easton will perform the role of Sugar Plum at both matinees. Stamford resident Maria Jose Esquivel, a GBA graduate and freshman at Boston College, will be reprising her Sugar Plum at the 7 p.m. Saturday performance. Additionally, Shelton resident, Dominika Tomzcyk and Phoebe Anderson of Wilton will share duties performing as Snow Queen. The coveted role of Clara will be performed by Francesca Kraszeuski, 9, of Woodbury in the 2 p.m. matinees, and Lee Melton, 14, of Darien in the Saturday, 7 p.m. performance. All of these students are rising stars whose promising careers are just beginning on our local stage.

“Our Academy honors the long standing tradition of Russian ballet. This production offers the Russian Nutcracker experience not only with the excellent Vaganova training of our students, but with artistic details, like a replica of the original Mariinsky theatre backdrop, and a Russian character dance with beautiful authentic costumes. It is sure to please and offer a unique experience,” said Rivera Thurman.

Placement auditions for the Spring Term and Summer Intensive are held by appointment. Early Bird rates expire soon. Please call 914-305-4377 for information or to schedule an audition.

About Greenwich Ballet Company

Greenwich Ballet Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution that nurtures talented dancers, ages 4-21, toward careers in classical ballet and contemporary dance with a unique emphasis on the Russian Vaganova method of instruction. GBA is the only school in the lower Fairfield and Westchester County area to offer this specialized type of training. The professional faculty also provide classes in modern and character dance, and contemporary ballet. GBA students have earned accolades at international ballet competitions and have joined professional ballet companies. For more information on performances and training, please visit the GBA website:

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