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“The Nutcracker” by the Genesee Dance Theatre comes to Wellsville December 8 & 9

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The holiday ballet returns to the David A. Howe Public Library

The Genesee Dance Theatre will perform The Nutcracker in Wellsville this month! This year’s production includes performances by professional ballet dancers from around the country, joining a cast of local dance students and even some Wellsville children as mice.

Sarah Keeler, director and choreographer of the production since 2014, says audiences can expect, “The familiar charm of the traditional holiday ballet” along with a few creative twists. “We have a few surprises up our sleeves, including some cool new special effects and beautiful custom-designed costumes.” 

Analia Farfan returns to the stage as a guest artist again this year. Ms Farfan is currently performing with the Asian Cultural Symphony of The USA, the American Liberty Ballet, as a Principal Dancer and she is the official Choreographer and Principal Dancer of Athena Music Foundation. She is joined by  Cristian Laverde König, who has been a soloist for The Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet de Cali, Hartford Ballet and Ballet Internationale, and has served as principal dancer for the Maximum Dance Company, the Milwaukee Ballet, and the Slovak National Ballet, and is currently a freelance artist in New York City.

“This is a rare opportunity for our rural communities to enjoy the talent of dancers who have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages,” Keeler says. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to share the magic of ballet with new and returning audiences!” 

Wellsville performances are free to the public with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. Show times are Friday December 8th at 7 p.m. and Saturday December 9th at 2 p.m. in the David A. Howe Public Library’s Nancy Howe Auditorium. S

eating is first come, first serve and doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.

Additional ticketed performances will be held in Perry, NY on Saturday, December 2nd at 2 and 7 p.m. 

 For more information, visit geneseedance.com.

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