Greenwich Ballet Academy takes on holiday favorite: The Nutcracker ‘Sweet’

DSC8515Greenwich Ballet Academy (GBA) recently brought visions of sugarplums to audiences for its second year, performing an abridged version of the holiday classic The Nutcracker on Dec. 8 and 9 at Greenwich High School.

The story is that of young Clara, who receives a toy nutcracker for Christmas that later comes to life in time to lead an army against the evil Mouse King. This year’s performance included guest principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, of the American Ballet Theatre, who were under the guidance of the show’s artistic director, Yuri Vodolaga.


Tina Volkwein, chairman of GBA’s board of directors, said ticket sales increased from last year, specifically at the Sunday matinee showing, which nearly sold out. Fortunately, she said, the high school has a sizable theater that allowed most of the academy’s 80+ students, ages 5 to 18, to participate in the show, which had three sets and more than 200 costumes.

Except for the principal dancers, all of the roles were performed by GBA students, and except for the youngest Pre-Academy students, every student had at least two roles and many had up to four parts in the show.

The Nutcracker is one of the academy’s two yearly performances which give students the opportunity for stage experience. GBA is a pre-professional school, but welcomes any serious student of ballet, whether or not she or he aspires to be a professional dancer. The academy draws students from approximately 15 towns in the Fairfield-Westchester area.

According to Ms. Volkwein, students and audiences alike truly enjoyed the show, and many attending made an effort to tell GBA just how much they appreciated it during intermissions. Photos are courtesy of Post photographer John Ferris Robben.













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