Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society Presents THE NUTCRACKER

Audiences are invited to ring in the holiday season and enjoy The Nutcracker, performed by the Main Line's Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society, November 18, 19 and 20 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill. The classically trained dancers and professional soloists offer an impressive, professional-level production that is popularly priced for all family members to enjoy.

The ninety-minute performances take place on November 18 at 7:30 pm, November 19 at 11 am and 3 pm, and November 20 at 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Performances are ideal for children ages 4 years old and up.

Tickets are $10 - $22. UDPAC members save $2 and children 12 and under save $1. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189.

photo-4The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet is one of the few dance academies in the Philadelphia region dedicated solely to training in the art of classical ballet. Students study the precise technique, musicality, complete body awareness, and control of ballet. Many of PAB's students go on to become professionals.

Melinda Pendleton, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society, says the dancers work hard to give back to the audience. Their performance "is a gift of gratitude given TO the audience. The dancers are thanking the audience for coming to the performance and supporting the arts through their demonstration of good technique and artistic expression."

The enchanting music by Tchaikovsky is one of his best-known works, and the ballet, which is set at Christmas time, has become an American holiday tradition. This performance by the PA Academy of Ballet provides the ideal opportunity to introduce family members, young and old, to the charming holiday tradition.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is easy to get to from the Main Line, Center City and the Blue Route. Parking is free. Audience members are invited to take holiday photos with cast members after the Saturday, November 19 performances.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

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