American Academy of Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
Now in its 20th year it is Buffalo's longest running production of "The Nutcracker". This year Misa Kuranaga, principle dancer with Boston Ballet, and Daniel Ulbright, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, will perform the lead roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. The charm of this production is its child friendly approach. Choreographed to delight children of all ages, there are surprises tucked into every scene. This production has scene after scene of color and magic. "The American Academy of Ballet takes the audience into Tchaikovsky's imagination. This Nutcracker offers the best of what ballet is meant to provide: holiday tradition, whimsical abandon... an exquisite and disciplined company... A beautiful ballet." - The Buffalo News.
American Academy of Ballet, which celebrated it's 50th year this past May, and Director Maris Battaglia also raise money from Sept.to Nov. for BPS students to attend a short version of "The Nutcracker" on Thursday Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec 4. This aspect of the production is near and dear to Maris Battaglia's heart. It is important for her to give children of Buffalo the opportunity to enjoy this magical holiday tradition. The American Academy of Ballet, family, and friends hold snack and bake sales, Chinese Auctions, raffles, and more to raise enough money to pay for busing to and from the performance.
American Academy Nutcracker will be performed on Dec. 5 at 1 pm and 7 pm, and Dec. 6 at 1 pm, at UB Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are on sale for $30, $25, and $20 at the UB box office or to order tickets, click here.