What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to watch your children be filled with excitement as you share with them the magic of the timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” brought to life through music and dance in Tampa City Ballet’s production, which also will include ballerinas from America’s Ballet School, located in the Shoppes at Amberly plaza in Tampa Palms.

Presented on Saturday, December 8, 7 p.m., at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High and on Sunday, December 9, 7 p.m., at the University of South Florida (USF)’s Theatre 1, this whimsical holiday spectacular combines the talents of Tampa City Ballet dancers with students from the USF Dance Department and from the award-winning ballerinas from America’s Ballet School. This production is sure to capture the imagination of children and adults alike.

With choreography by former Cleveland Ballet principal dancer, Paula Nunez (who also currently is the artistic director of both the Tampa City Ballet and America’s Ballet School , and with visiting dance faculty at the USF), dazzling costumes, spectacular props and phenomenal special effects, this production of “The Nutcracker” promises to be a unique, updated take on the classic tale.

Nunez explains, “It has been our goal to offer the Tampa Bay community an opportunity to be enriched by experiencing classical ballet. We chose to present ‘The Nutcracker’ because the story, costumes, characters and effects create a fantastic visual that will appeal to both children and adults.”

As a part of their vision to bring classical ballet to the community, Tampa City Ballet has partnered with the Hillsborough County Arts Council and the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High to produce performances for local public school children. Tampa City Ballet and America’s Ballet School also have received donations to provide free tickets to under-privileged families.

Nunez adds, “This is the perfect show to introduce you to…and help you form an appreciation for classical ballet. I hope that parents will seize this opportunity and choose to spend a few special hours with their children watching this amazing production.”

Tickets to this holiday event cost $20 and may be purchased online through AmericasBallet.com, over the phone at 558-0800, and in person at America’s Ballet School (15365 Amberly Dr. in the Shoppes at Amberly, next to Sushi Tsu).

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