Local students in Nutcracker performance

Local high school students are set to lead the all-children’s cast in Conservatory Ballet’s 46th annual production of The Nutcracker.

The beloved choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Conservatory Ballet’s all-children’s cast performs The Nutcracker at Reston’s CenterStage December 5th-9th, including three Young Children’s Matinee performances for children of all ages.

Michelle Arnhold of Oakton, is a senior at Oakton High School with a passion for ballet. After spending the summer in both the Joffry and Bolshoi Intensive Programs, Michelle hopes to continue her studies in dance when she attends college next Fall. In her final season of The Nutcracker with Conservatory Ballet, she looks forward to performing Sugar Plum and Arabian solo.

You can catch Michelle and the specially selected students of  the Conservatory Ballet in all of their fairytale magic when you purchase tickets online or at the CenterStage box office.

For more than 45 years Conservatory Ballet has been the premiere pre-professional academy in Northern Virginia for ballet. Founder and Artistic Director, Julia Redick developed the Conservatory Ballet’s method classical curriculum based in the Vaganova method, which she learned in her native Hungary.

The ballet academy is also pleased to have new international faculty this season, Dr. Elena Ovchinnikovaav and Valentina Palladino. Former Principal Dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia, Dr. Ovchinnikovaav brings the valued perspective of ballet pedagogy to Conservatory students. Before becoming Principal Dancer at Manassas Ballet Theatre, Ms. Palladino of Sardinia, Italy trained and performed in Rome and along the East Coast.

Conservatory Ballet students have performed with premiere dance companies around the world including the American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, English National Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Miami City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

For more information about The Nutcracker or Conservatory Ballet, please visit www.conservatory-ballet.com.

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