Holiday Magic

Guest artists will perform with dancers from the youth company.

This holiday season, enjoy Footworks Youth Ballet’s variation of The Nutcracker, with live music performed by the Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus.

In this version of the holiday classic, the wave of a wand transforms a holiday party into the world of magic to include a Nutcracker Doll, a Sugar Plum Fairy Doll, and dancing Columbine, Pierrot and Harlequin Dolls. This year’s production also features a Queen and King who reign over the land of the sweets.

Founded by Kirsten Oakley, Footworks Youth Ballet was created with the goal of providing a place for young people to thrive and grow through the joy of dance as they learn the art and discipline of classical ballet. Productions are unusual in that they allow senior dancers the experience of partnering with professional guest artists, a rare opportunity for young dancers.

Guest artists for this season include Braeden Barnes as the Nutcracker Prince Doll, and Kenny Borchard as the Snow King and the King of the Land of the Sweets. Dancers from the youth company are also cast for the principal roles, including the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen and the Queen of the Land of the Sweets.

For each ballet production, Footworks Youth Ballet hosts a sold-out performance for over 3,000 school-aged children to see the ballet. Most of the tickets for the children are provided at the reduced fee of $5.00 each, and many of the students qualify for free tickets.

The Nutcracker Ballet
Sat. Dec 12, 2.00 pm and
Sun. Dec 13, 2.00 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Tickets $16, $21, $26
Call 486.2424 to buy tickets, or order online at

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