Graceful snowflakes
Graceful snowflakes

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A special gift...
A special gift...

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Clara with her Nutcracker
Clara with her Nutcracker

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Graceful snowflakes
Graceful snowflakes

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The Nutcracker Ballet
December 17th at  2pm & 7pm
December 18th at  1pm & 5:30pm

Photos courtesy of Gila Derensteyn, Vicky Sedgwick, Dan Scott and Jenny Stein

A Cherished Holiday Tradition

Celebrate the holidays with a classic tradition as California Dance Ensemble presents its 15th annual ballet production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.  Starring Luke Csordas as the Nutcracker Cavalier. This professional yet family-friendly masterpiece features over 150 performers, including Academy students, pre-professional dancers and professional guest stars.  Complete with real snow, magical elements, sword fights and sugar plum fairies, this version of The Nutcracker, under the direction of Jennifer and Robbin Shahani, is inspired by the ballet’s first American choreographer, Willam Christensen.

 

Sharing our message

KTLA featured the ensemble on their morning program last year.  Listen to Artistic Director, Jennifer Shahani, talk about the mission of California Dance Ensemble as well as snippets of dances from The Nutcracker.  Enjoy!