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Minnesota Ballet Prepares for Nutcracker Performances

07 December 2017

Laura Johnson, the Executive Director at the Columbus Ballet, is our most recent guest on Business on Your Side! The Nutcracker, presented by Tuscaloosa Community Dancers, runs Thursday through Sunday at the Bama Theatre.

"The artistic director and associate director decide whether new roles requiring new costumes will be added, as well as new props", said Ross.

The Nutcracker Tea is $10.

Fanney said the idea behind the sensory-friendly Nutcracker performance came out of the International Ballet Academy's Abilities Dance program for special-needs children, started by dancer Caroline Lee when she was in high school. Refreshments are served by dancers. "My husband came to that show, and I had told my husband, 'I don't want flowers until I do Sugar Plum, ' so it was a big deal for him to come and after my first performance, give me flowers".

The Joffrey Ballet performs The Nutcracker Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 30.

Single tickets, which range from $35 - $165, are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Box Office, by telephone at 312.386.8905, or online at

The Mouse King Tea Party, noon, December 9, Corvallis High School.

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Who's in it: Legacy has 85 dancers, ages 6 to 18-years-old, plus a dozen adults.

Notable dancers: Heather Hill and her husband, Brandon, often perform as the Nutcracker and Mouse King, who have a fight scene. But, overall, why mess with a good thing?

The ballet features principal dancers LeeAnn Elder and Norbert Nirewicz in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince.

Why you should go: "There are so many different "Nutcracker" performances that entertained countless families each holiday season for years around the world. We feel honored we are able to provide Albany with this tradition, and hope our community enjoys it year after year", Hill said.

The Joffrey Ballet gratefully acknowledges the generous support of 2017 The Nutcracker Production Sponsor Jewell Events Catering.

WHEN: Dec. 9-17; 3 p.m.

Productions of Configuration Dance Theatre's "The Nutcracker" take place at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. December 10 at the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St. Tickets are $15-$22.50.

Minnesota Ballet Prepares for Nutcracker Performances