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City Youth Ballet of Johnson City set to perform The Nutcracker


“The Nutcracker,” a glittering spectacle of ballet and storytelling, promises merriment and memories as the City Youth Ballet of Johnson City unfolds yet another rendition of this holiday classic.

Peter Tchaikovsky’s glorious score rings in a young heroine’s journey from a family Christmas party, through a vicious battle with mice, and on to the Land of Sweets where she encounters the Sugar Plum Fairy.

This year’s production is set for December 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and December 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for Liberal Arts on the Milligan College campus.

General admission tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $12 for children, are available at Bear ‘n Friends and Party Central, both on North Roan Street, or at the door. Reserved tickets are also available at Party Central.

“We have done this production for over three decades, but each year there is new choreography, costumes, and a few wonderful surprises for the audience both new and returning,” says Susan Pace-White, artistic director for the Holloway Dancing School, Home of the City of the Youth Ballet, the new name for the ballet school that harkens back to its roots. “This year, the dancers will be in the theater’s aisles, coming out of gift boxes, and leap through a rising grandfather clock. With our new adult classes at the studio, we have added older dancers in the party and battle scenes.”

Indeed, this year’s cast is one of the largest ever for the production. Senior dancer Taylor Vanders, who has studied ballet for over 12 years at the school, takes the lead as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Diamond LaGrave, who has held leading parts with ballet companies in Florida, dances the role of Cavalier and Snow King.

Senior dancer Chloe Garbe is the Snow Queen with Delaney Gondo as Clara.

The Nutcracker story begins at a 19th-century family Christmas party in Germany where Clara is bestowed a magical nutcracker by her Uncle Herr Drosselmeyer, portrayed by Eli Berry.

That evening the nutcracker comes to life to lead toy soldiers in a battle against a Mouse Queen and corps of raging mice.

When he defeats the Mouse Queen, the Nutcracker whisks Clara off to the Land of Sweets to celebrate their victory. There, dancers from around the world provide a fete of dances before Clara returns home again.

For more information, call the City Youth Ballet at (423) 434-2195; visit; email at

The above information was provided by the City Youth Ballet of Johnson City.

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