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One of Dayton’s most beloved holiday traditions is on stage NOW

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:03 AM
By: Staff reports - Staff Writer

The Dayton Ballet presents the classic story of The Nutcracker every winter, with a cast that includes young dancers from throughout the Dayton area, with music by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.  

This year’s Nutcracker will run from Dec. 15-23 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, with tickets ranging from $21-$72. The costumes are phenomenal, the choreography is beautiful, the little kids are adorable and the holiday spirit is strong at this event. 

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WHAT: Dayton Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” 

WHEN: Ten performances between Dec. 15-23, 2017: 

  • Friday 12/15/17 at 7:30PM 
  • Saturday 12/16/17 at 2:30PM 
  • Saturday 12/16/17 at 7:30PM 
  • Sunday 12/17/17 at 2:30PM (hint: don’t miss the Sugarplum Tea for children before this performance at 12:30 p.m.!) 
  • Tuesday 12/19/17 at 7:30PM 
  • Wednesday 12/20/17 at 4:30PM 
  • Thursday 12/21/17 at 4:30PM 
  • Friday 12/22/17 at 2:30PM 
  • Friday 12/22/17 at 7:30PM 
  • Saturday 12/23/17 at 2:30PM 

WHERE: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton 


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Dayton Ballet artistic director Karen Russo Burke estimates the iconic holiday ballet is a traditional part of a season repertoire for 99.9 percent of ballet companies. “By the time you’re prepared to dance in a professional company you’ve gone through a lot of ballet schooling and have been training for years,” she explains. “In all that time there’s no way you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to dance in some production of ‘ The Nutcracker.’ Chances are you would have danced it nearly every year.”

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Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music combined with fanciful choreography, gorgeous costumes and sparkling stage settings make this special ballet a perfect introduction to the world of dance — for both audiences and dancers. This will be the fifth year for the Dayton Ballet’s current production with choreography by Burke, sets by designer Ray Zupp, and costumes by Lowell Mathwich. The story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center Dec. 15-21 and will be accompanied by the full Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Neal Gittleman.

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