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Milton youth dance on stage with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen in The Nutcracker

Posted on Tuesday November 17, 2015

News release -  

The Milton Centre for the Arts presents Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker: a Canadian Tradition on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 pm, featuring a supporting cast of Milton youth dancers.

"Ballet Jörgen‘s Nutcracker Youth Program is a great opportunity for local dancers to gain an unforgettable experience dancing on stage with a professional ballet company," says Rob Mackay, Manager Cultural Services for the Town of Milton. "We are so fortunate to have this opportunity in our community, and feel it is a great enhancement to Ballet Jörgen’s already spectacular presentation of The Nutcracker."

Set to Tchaikovsky’s well-loved score, this uniquely Canadian adaptation of Klara’s magical dream-journey stems from collaboration with Kleinburg’s world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection.  As she travels through her dreams, Klara enters a world of winter landscapes filled with snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties and creatures of the woods. The performance features over 100 costumes in richly-coloured fabrics, as well as 30-foot backdrops featuring the work of several Group of Seven artists.

Auditions for the youth cast were held in September at the Milton Centre for the Arts, with a call for male and female dancers, ages 8 to 17 years. Successful dancers have participated in a total of 25 hours of rehearsals with the professional company in the two months leading up to the November 21 and 22 performances. A total of 15 local youth dancers will take the roles of the woodland creatures Klara encounters along her journey, including bear cubs, beavers, chipmunks, dragonflies and more.

The Nutcracker Youth Program was developed by Ballet Jörgen to inspire young dancers, and provide them with the opportunity to perform with a professional dance company and interact with professional dancers. Youth dancers gain invaluable performance experience and receive one-on-one direction from dancers and artistic staff. In addition, rehearsals and preparation for the performances provide dancers with the opportunity to seek guidance and engage staff in conversations that may encourage and support the educational choices they undertake in their growth as young dancers.

Founded by celebrated choreographer and artistic director Bengt Jörgen, Ballet Jörgen has been based out of Toronto for over 25 years and seeks to connect Canadian communities and audiences with ballet, making it a familiar, ongoing and shared experience. The company presents over 120 performances each year and has earned national and international recognition for the innovation, warmth and beauty of its works.

Tickets for The Nutcracker: a Canadian Tradition are available at the Chudleigh’s Box Office and online at www.miltoncentreforthearts.ca. The adult ticket cost is $42, and the child/student/senior ticket cost is $38. High school students can take advantage of the eyeGO to the Arts program, which provides a limited number of discounted tickets at $5.

Additional information and a complete season line-up are available online at www.miltoncentreforthearts.ca or by calling 905-878-6000. Residents are invited to stay up-to-date on Centre happenings by signing up for the eNewsletter, and by following the Milton Centre for the Arts on Facebook and Twitter.

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For further information, please contact: 

Rob Mackay
Manager, Cultural Services
905-878-7252, ext. 4901
To arrange an interview, please contact: 

Amanda St. John 
Marketing Administrator
905-878-7252, ext. 2522