Visions of sugarplums coming to town

Greenwich Ballet Academy is bringing back a classic holiday favorite with the return of The Nutcracker, starring world-renowned dancers, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, both of whom are principal dancers at American Ballet Theatre.

The performances will take place Saturday Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Greenwich High School Theater. Yuri Vodolaga, artistic director at Greenwich Ballet Academy, said she has created an abridged version of the show that features all of Greenwich Ballet Academy’s students.

Ms. Dvorovenko and Mr. Beloserkovsky, who taught master classes last year at Greenwich Ballet Academy, will return this year to teach and rehearse the students in preparation for the show.

“It is a great honor to have Maxim and Irina perform with our students,” Mr. Vodolaga said.

“Their involvement in our production of The Nutcracker provides a unique opportunity for Greenwich Ballet Academy’s students to learn from the very best in their craft. Not only the technical aspects of ballet, but how to really perform on stage,” Mr. Vodolaga added.

Tina Volkwein, chairman of Greenwich Ballet Academy’s Board of Directors, added, “This will be one of the most important cultural events in Greenwich this year-not to be missed by anyone interested in the art of classical ballet. Nutcracker is really unparalleled in terms of a ballet that is so thoroughly enjoyed by student dancers and audiences alike. Last year this appeal factor prompted the production’s move to Greenwich High School with its larger number of seats, and performances were nearly sold out. We hope to repeat that success again this year.”

Ms. Dvorovenko and Mr. Beloserkovsky also visited Greenwich last month as the guests of honor at a fund-raiser for Greenwich Ballet Academy. First Snow — A Russian Winter Evening on , Nov. 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. at a private home. Festive Russian delicacies, sweets and entertainment were on tap at the event.

Greenwich Ballet Academy takes great care in directing each of its students on an individual path toward excellence.

Small classes, taught by renowned professionals using a progressive interpretation of the Vaganova method as taught by the Vaganova and Bolshoi Academies, ensure that each student is given the personal attention and instruction needed to reach his or her ultimate potential.

The goal is to make classical ballet and contemporary dance accessible to any talented child with a dream of becoming a professional dancer, and to give each student an opportunity to acquire the needed skills and stage experience crucial to his or her future in dance.

For tickets to The Nutcracker performances visit Greenwichballetacademy.org or call 914-305-4377.

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