Footworks Youth Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s famous classical holiday ballet The Nutcracker on December 9th and 10th in two full-length performances at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. They’ll be accompanied by the Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus. Family friendly matinees on both days begin at 2 p.m.
This 14th annual production of The Nutcracker will dazzle audiences with its colorful costumes, professional sets and live orchestra and choir. Artistic director Kirsten Oakley also adds a little twist to the story each year, providing a freshness and whimsy that makes each year special.
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. Technique classes are offered through Oakley Ballet Center, for children ages 5-18.
In keeping with the mission of Footworks, senior student dancers perform in principal roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy or Snow Queen, giving young artists the opportunity to partner with professional male guest artists. As Oakley explains, “Even if a student leaves ballet after high school, they take with them a great appreciation for the classics, having explored the art form to its utmost and seen the results of their dedication and effort.”
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.
Join Footworks Youth Ballet for their Family Educational Hour one hour prior to each show to learn about the production, costumes, ballet history and music.
The Nutcracker, presented by Footworks Youth Ballet.
Sat. Dec. 9th, 2:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 10th, 2:00 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Tickets $19, $24, $29
Call 486.2424 to buy tickets, or order online at footworksyouthballet.org