The holiday classic Nutcracker returns to Campbell River

Urban Dance Connection’s Classical Division has, once again, teamed up with Stage West School of Performing arts to bring the holiday classic The Nutcracker to Campbell River this Holiday Season.

This is their third annual production andthey hope this year’s will be the most magical yet.

Jen Soo, the director of UDC’s Classical Division and owner of Stage West has brought a team of professionals together to work with the young dancers and add a spectacular level of talent to the stage.

Guest Director and Choreographer, Geraldine Potter has been working with both studios since August to put this show together. Mrs. Potter graduated from the Royal Winnipeg’s Professional Division and has performed with many prestigious companies across Europe and North America. The roles of Drosselmeyer and Mother Ginger will be danced by Vladimir Pereira. Pereira is the Artistic Director of Eclat Dance Youth Company and co-owner of Illha Ballet Academy in Courtenay. He has trained in professional schools in Brazil, Mexico and Canada.

Dustin Carnie, a graduate of the Goh Ballet in Vancouver and instructor at UDC, will dance the roll of the Nutcracker Prince.

Two guests from the Victoria Acadmey of Ballet’s Post Secondary Bridge Program will join the cast. They will be the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. This team is not just about the art that will be on stage, but also, the experience that the students will gain though this collaboration. Working with these professionals is an amazing opportunity that will educate and inspire the young dance students.

Over 100 dancers from UDC and Stage West have had the opportunity to participate in The Nutcracker this year. Rehearsals began in August and they are very ready to bring the show to the stage! Join us for this holiday event, a show full of surprises, and leave with visions of sugar plums dancing in your head!

The Urban West team performed their Nutcracker in Port Alberni on Nov. 26 and will be at the Tidemark Theatre on Dec. 10. There is a 2 p.m. and a 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are available at the Tidemark Theatre box office.