Peninsula Ballet Theatre sets Nutcracker ballet to hip-hop

Peninsula Ballet Theatre sets Nutcracker ballet to hip-hop”

Ballet Arts Inc. presented "The Nutcracker 2017" for three days, December 8-10, on stage at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson.

Leslie said the more modern dance styles of the performers, many of whom have years of training in hip-hop, have brought hundreds of new audience members to the company's performances. She added many younger audience members are also captivated by historical venues like the Fox Theatre.

But tradition does not mean that its "Nutcracker" show is the same every year, she said.

Cooper described the performance as an "experience that you'll never forget".

There will be four shows, and each will be a different experience.

Sanders, who dances in the role of the magician, said he's enjoyed seeing dancers test their dance skills and assume different personalities depending on their roles.

Hannah Cooper, the marketing manager for Ballet Arizona, said what makes their version of The Nutcracker one of the best is that they have more than 150 professional dancers in their performance, hundreds of handsome costumes and the $1.8 million production that includes cinematic video projections and a glittering snow storm.

Wilkes University junior Sarah Hoffman, who is studying mathematics and education, dances the major role of Klara, the girl who receives a special nutcracker gift from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. Guests artists, Rob Beebe, Stephan Fons, Gabriela Mesa and Fabian Morales, performed along with local youth of the Ballet Arts Inc. from across West Tennessee.

"He's a very sensitive conductor to the ballet", Heidecke said.

Saturday's show is at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday's show is at 3:00 p.m. Visit for tickets and more information.

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