What does The Nutcracker mean to you and your training? It represents long training hours, three months of rehearsals, and three days of multiple performances, all requiring extreme dedication, willingness to work hard, and a love of dance. It means placing you center stage in a lavish production in the heart of the city in a winter performance extravaganza. This is a professional performance that provides you the necessary stage experience to begin your career.
The Nutcracker is a rite of passage. A favorite of the holiday season, The Nutcracker is a treat for audiences of all ages. In the beautiful nyu Skirball theater, the Joffrey Ballet School presents its own version with choreography by Associate executive Director, Davis Robertson, adapted from classic versions by Marius Petipa and Levivanov. Additional choreography is done by Cameron Basden (former Ballet Mistress of the Joffrey Ballet company). This production provides an excellent showcase for the students of the Joffrey Ballet School.
From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing thirty foot christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets, and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.
Trainee students are required to participate in our annual Nutcracker performance. Auditions are held early on within the fall Semester, and rehearsals begin around october 4th. The fall semester will conclude with the performance in mid-December. Photo credit: Anna Kuzmina AK47