The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Vail Friends of Dance

Vilar Performing Arts Center
December 12, 2021 2:00 pm

Ticket Price
  • RESERVED SEATING | $35-$45
The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Vail Friends of Dance


 Vail Friends of Dance presents Vail Youth Ballet Company and Vail Valley Academy of Dance performing the classic Nutcracker Ballet

The holiday tradition of The Nutcracker comes to life with beautiful performances, spectacular costumes and mesmerizing backdrops. The classic story follows Clara on a magical journey with the Nutcracker prince from the Christmas Eve party and battle scene between the soldiers and mouse army, to the Land of the Snowflakes and the Land of Sweets.  They are welcomed by the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy, with rewards of beautiful gifts and celebrations of dances from around the world. Clara awakens from her dream at home with exciting and beautiful memories of her journey with her Nutcracker Prince.

This high-level production features incredible artistry, breathtaking dancing, beautiful costumes and colorful sets that are on-par with performances seen from large scale studios.

We invite you to join the talented dancers of the Vail Youth Ballet Company and Vail Valley Academy of Dance as they share their performance of this classic holiday production at the Vilar Center, Beaver Creek. Experience the magic of The Nutcracker Ballet!

About Vail Youth Ballet & Vail Valley Academy of Dance: The Vail Youth Ballet Company provides those students at Vail Valley Academy of Dance additional training and performance opportunities. Company dancers are selected through an audition process, representing advanced students who choose to pursue their dance study at a higher level. Some company dancers take their training to the next professional level upon graduating!

The Vail Valley Academy of Dance has been in operation since 1989 and is Eagle County’s premier dance instruction school, offering the most complete multi-talent dance instruction anywhere in the valley. Our teachers offer a variety of discipline instructions from different parts of the world, with different specialties ranging from Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Tap Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop and many other fields of study.

The Nutcracker performances are under the artistic direction of Ms. Ashley Calligan. Ms. Ashley casts and choreographs the Vail Youth Ballet Company dancers as the lead roles in exciting performances including the annual holiday favorite “The Nutcracker”.

Ms. Calligan trained at The Academy of Colorado Ballet, The Academy of Russian Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. While dancing she performed numerous roles including; Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Soloist in Paquita, Spanish in The Nutcracker, and many original works by Elizabeth Shipiatsky, Robert Royce, Angela Whitehill, and Thom Clower.  She is currently in her 16th year as the Assistant to the Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress with Burklyn Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Joanne Whitehill.

This show has four showtimes:
Friday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 12, 2:00 p.m.

Photo credit: Brian Maloney Photography
Presented by: @vailfriendsof dance and @vailvalleydance.





VENUE POLICIES: Proof of full vaccination is required at all performances, CLICK HERE for full complete venue health and safety policies.


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  • Full vaccination, defined as two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, and one dose of Johnson & Johnson at least 2 weeks prior to the show date.
  • Ticket purchasers are responsible for communicating these rules to whomever they provide tickets.

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