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Cornish Junior Dance Company’s 2011 Production of “The Nutcracker”

November 30, 2011

Cornish Junior Dance Company and students in the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts present The Nutcracker.  Students from age 6 to 18 bring this classic story to the stage with heart and a bit of humor.  The choreographers have successfully kept the Nutcracker story alive and given the students the opportunity to participate in a classical ballet with competence while honoring their particular talents. Steve Casteel, former soloist with Houston Ballet and Cornish College of the Arts adjunct faculty member, has brought his expertise both as a choreographer and coach to the production, beautifully restaging and rehearsing sections of Act II and the Party Scene.  Christine Juarez, Preparatory Dance Program faculty member and Cornish Summer Program Director again brings her talents of working with younger performers to the stage.  Her staging of the Party Scene, Battle Scene and Mother Ginger are creative, charming and the audience will enjoy an occasional bit of humor.  Paula Peters, former Spectrum dancer, Cornish College of the Arts graduate, and a University of Washington MFA graduate student has created wonderful new choreography for the Chinese and Arabian divertissements’, bringing a more modern flavor to Act II, The Magic Kingdom.

The Nutcracker
Sunday, December 18, 2011
3 pm & 7:30 pm
Shorecrest Performing Arts Center
15343 25th Ave. NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
$16 Adults, $12 seniors, students & Cornish alumni (w/ID), $5 Teen Tix members
http://www.cornish.edu/events

About Cornish Junior Dance Company and Preparatory Dance
The Cornish Junior Dance Company offers intermediate and advanced students enrolled in the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts the opportunity to work with choreographers and perform a variety of dance styles.  Students registered in Intermediate I, II and Advanced Ballet are invited to audition.  Students in Ballet IV are invited to register for the Apprentice Junior Company.  In the fall, students in Primary thru Advanced levels of the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts may elect to perform in The Nutcracker.

The Preparatory Dance Program boasts illustrious alumni. Among many of the fine institutions students have graduated on to are: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Barnard College, Boston College, Cornish College of the Arts, Harvard University, The Julliard School, Lines Ballet/Dominican University BFA Program, Mt. Holyoke College, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Juilliard, Fordham, Interlochen Arts Academy and N.C. School of the Arts.

Companies include: Graham Company, Houston Ballet, Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, Armitage Gone!, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Miami City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre and Atlanta Ballet Pre-Professional Program.

Last summer Cornish Junior Dance Company members attended summer programs at the Cornish College of the Arts, Burklyn Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Walnut Hill and Summer Dance Lab.