DDC Presents 17th Nutcracker Ballet

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Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe.
Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe.

Diamond Dance Company, nominated for the 2014 Broadway World DE awards in Best New Work, Best Choreography (winner), Best Costume Design, Best Set Design, and Best Community Theater Group announces its 17th season with The Nutcracker Ballet on December 5 at 7 pm and December 6 at 2 pm at Milford High School.

The excitement surrounding the Nutcracker rehearsals and performances is one that is magnetic.  The thrill of the season connects our dancers young and old,” said DDC Artistic Director~ Kimmy Noll Price. “The magic doesn’t stop there.  It sweeps through our behind the scenes and backstage crews.  It brings the giddiness of a child out in everyone regardless of there age.  Watching the younger dancers gaze with big eyes as their roles models dance in pointe shoes and trying on their costumes for the first time is what keeps the love of performing alive.”

This season DDC has announce the addition of professional dancers Mary Kate Reynolds in the role of Sugar Plum Fairy, Justin Estelle as The Prince, and Jake Nowicki as The Cavalier. All three professional dancers perform with First State Ballet Theater, Delaware’s professional ballet company in Wilmington, De and recently delighted audiences with Sleeping Beauty at The Grand Opera House (pictured).
In addition to the professional team of dancers, DDC is pleased to once again be able to bring dancers from both Kent and Sussex counties to the stage to perform in our production. Students from the Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy in Milford and En Pointe Dance Studio in Camden will be highlighted in the cast of The Nutcracker. Lead dancers for this year’s Nutcracker include Emma Moorman and Ellie Hardee as Clara, Thomas Vasquez as Fritz, Rebecca Lane and Lily Wagner as The Mouse King, Isla Warren as the Baby Mouse, Andrea Errico and Brittany Poore as Snow Queen, Ariana Knowles and Juliana Warnock as Dream Fairy, Cami Lord as Spanish, Aidan Robbins as Chinese, Courtney Seaman and Alayna Gumpman as Russian, Jillian Kerr as Reed Flute, Mackenzie Dee as Lead Candy Cane, and Jillian Wilkins and Taylor Kimmey as Dew Drop.
“We are looking forward to all the new dancers in the company joining this family and experiencing what is it like to be on stage for the first time. For the dancers who are returning and conquering new roles with strong technique and performance qualities that exude because of their love for dance,” said Prince. “It’s very exciting to see a dancer come up over the years to finally perform a character that they watched an older girl perform and mimic in the wings of the stage.”
Audiences will again enjoy the dance families and instructors who round out our cast as guest artists and this year will be no different. Ryan Frost, a student at Milford High School will once again join us in the role of The Nutcracker. Aimee String – studio manager and instructor at TADA and her husband, Dan will reprise their role as The Staubaums. Bliss Soucek, instructor at TADA will perform as the governess and the comical Momma Baker, which is sure to delight students as well as the audience.
“I want the audience to be transported to a time before technology and into a world of magic.  They will follow a little lost girls dream as her imagination soars through all different lands.  Through her eyes they will see the magic tricks from her Uncle Drossylmyer that all children could only hope to be real.  Watching snowflakes come to life creating a snowstorm that will sweep her away to the magical Land of the Sweets,” said Price. “There is something for everyone in this show.  Ballet isn’t just for the little girls who play dress up and the father/daughter dates.  It’s for the little boys who play in the woods with sticks as sword and jump off the couch flying through the air in one big leap.  All those who come out to watch all the dedication and hard work enter the stage will not be disappointed.”

Diamond Dance is committed to bringing the love of dance to school students and student additional groups. This year students may attend a special performance on Friday, December 4 at 9 am or 11:50am. The charge is $4 per show per student and tickets can be reserved by emailing ddcnutcrackered@yahoo.com. Some seats are still available. Individuals are asked to call now to reserve your seats and to receive the packet of lesson plans to enhance their visit either before or after the production. For more information about our public performances, families can visit www.diamonddanceco.com.