Now comes the Mouse King! Join us as Clara adventures with the Nutcracker Prince and Fritz’s toy soldiers to defeat the Mouse King’s army. This Christmas ballet performance is steeped in other-worldly fantasy, childlike imagination, and sugarplum dreams.
Enjoy this rich Christmas tradition performed in front of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. Featuring guest dancers from the most renowned ballet companies in the country.
Featured guest artists
MIGUEL ANGEL BLANCO
Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Blanco trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba. Prior to joining the Joffrey, he performed as a principal dancer with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, under the artistic direction of Alicia Alonso. While dancing with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Mr. Blanco performed in Paris, London, Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, United States, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, China, and Egypt. Some principal roles with the company include Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada), Giselle (Albrecht), and Coppélia (Franz).
Ms. Daly, a native of Rockford, Illinois, studied with the Rockford Dance Company and later attended the New School University/Joffrey Ballet BFA program in New York. Ms. Daly also danced for two seasons with The Washington Ballet prior to joining the Joffrey. Since joining The Joffrey Ballet, Ms. Daly has performed a variety of works, including lead roles in
Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), John Neumeier's Sylvia (Sylvia), Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads), Lar Lubovitch's Othello(Desdemona), Frederic Franklin's Giselle (Myrtha, Moyna), Frederick Ashton's Cinderella (Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Autumn Fairy), Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow(Valencienne), Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Stanton Welch's La Bayadère (Gazmatti), and Joffrey's The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum).
The Kansas Ballet Company (KBC) is a non-profit organization whose goals and objectives are to raise funds in support of classical ballet programming to provide students/dancers with the opportunities to expand their personal technique and artistic expression through dance instruction/classes, rehearsals and performances. To encourage new standards of artistic excellence, innovation, creativity and education in the art of classical ballet; to educate, uplift and inspire our community through quality ballet performances and demonstrations.