Balanchine's Legacy Lives On This Nutcracker Season with Scarsdale Ballet Studio

Scarsdale Ballet Studio, recognized regionally for providing students with a quality ballet curriculum, will present a brand-new production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, choreographed by New York City Ballet's Diana White, Broadway's Marcus Galante, and contributions of the faculty, for two shows only on December 18 at the Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. In keeping true to the timeless tale of The Nutcracker, audiences will enjoy the rich legacy of a classical work that is a postcard to the holiday season, celebrating with magic, whirling snowflakes and dancing treats from the Sugar Plum Fairy's Land of the Sweets.

With a legacy of nearly 25 years, Scarsdale Ballet Studio has re-staged and re-imagined works from Balanchine, Petipa, Saint-Léon and others, presenting their students with the rich and meaningful opportunity to learn classical works from the ballet repertoire. White, a former soloist of New York City Ballet has invited students of all ages and levels to participate in this production, casting dancers from the youngest mouse to the pre-professional roles of the Act II divertissements.

"The Nutcracker is the only classical ballet I can think of where children are truly the stars of the show," explains White, Artistic Director of the school. "After performing over at least 7 different roles in over 500 performances of Nutcracker with New York City Ballet and as a guest artist, I thought I was through with The Nutcracker! But after more than 20 years of directing the Scarsdale Ballet Studio, I realized how much I missed it and how much I wanted to share this magical ballet with my students, their families and the community."

Additionally, former set and costume designer for New York City Ballet, Alain Vaes, will design the spectacular growing Christmas tree and consultant on other design aspects of the production.

The Nutcracker will be performed at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Recital Hall at SUNY Purchase. Tickets are $42.50 and are available for purchase online at

The Recital Hall at SUNY Purchase is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York. There is ample parking available on campus.

Since 1992, the Scarsdale Ballet Studio has been recognized throughout Westchester and the New York metro area for the quality of its curriculum and the professionalism of its faculty. Starting with the youngest dancers, the primary mission of the school and faculty is to nurture a life-long love of dancing. A balanced, creative, and traditional approach shapes each student into a healthy, technically accomplished, versatile dancer, regardless of his or her aspirations. Through classes, rehearsals, and performances, each student is inspired and invited to explore the full range of their artistic abilities.

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