- $13 for seating in the right side-balcony (up to $18 value)
- $14 for seating in the middle balcony (up to $20 value)
- $17 for seating in the side orchestra (up to $25 value)
- Saturday, December 19th’s 2 p.m. show features a special visit by Santa Claus and a post-show meet and greet and photo opportunity with the cast.
Please pickup tickets between 9/17-12/5 at the Dance Studio 111 4910 E Chandler Blvd. location. Performance will be held at Desert Vista Fine Arts Theatre 16440 S 32nd St. location.
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King’s head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate.
Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky’s dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers and regal fairy queens. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, whereas the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.
Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet
Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year, the Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet presents its yearly holiday performance with a cast of 125 local dancers, their ages ranging from 3 to 21. The production employs more than 400 costumes and headpieces, each personally designed for the show. Equal in elaborateness to the dancing is the staging, which includes a Christmas tree that rises through the theater’s roof, falling snow and angels dancing on clouds.