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The nutcracker

7:00pm December 21, 2019
1:00pm December 22, 2019


With Topeka Symphony Orchestra

Join Clara’s adventures with the Nutcracker Prince, his army of toy soldiers, and their plan to defeat the evil Mouse King!  Enjoy this dazzling holiday classic, performed with live musical accompaniment by Topeka Symphony Orchestra.  Each year, we are proud to feature student dancers from Kansas Ballet Academy along with visiting guest artists from renowned companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Ballet West.

2019 Featured guest artists


Oscar Sanchez is in his fifth season with The Washington Ballet. Sanchez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1991 and started training at the age of 15 at The National Ballet School “ENA”. After graduation, Sanchez continued onto The National Ballet of Cuba where he danced many roles, including Hilarion from Giselle, Mazurka in Coppélia, Majisimo and others. In 2014 he arrived in the United States. He has proudly been a part of The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami as principal guest artist where he danced Le Corsaire pas de deux, Les Sylphides, Diana and Acteon,Spring Water pas de deux, as well as many other ballets. In 2014 he joined Columbia City Ballet as a principal dancer where he performed in Dracula, The Nutcracker, and Cinderella. In January 2015, he received the Award for “Best Dancer of Miami” at the Miami Life Awards. Sanchez has performed in international ballet galas in ballet festivals in Panama, Costa Rica, and Miami. Photo by XMB Photography.



Ayano Kimura of Japan, is in her seventh season with The Washington Ballet. Kimura, born in Germany, went on a short-term study abroad to Russia and England in 2005. In 2006, she won first place at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-final competition in Japan and placed in the top 12 at the finals in New York City. She was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Ballet Academy School and also studied at La Scala Theatre Ballet School for two years where she graduated at the top of the class. She also performed with former director of Germany’s Dresden ballet, Vladimir Derevyanko, when she was in school and was the distinguished recipient of the ‘best dancer’ award. Kimura performed with Roberto Bolle in the Opening Ceremonies for the Torino Olympic Games. She has performed principal roles in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Giselle, Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake and many other soloist roles. Kimura has also performed contemporary works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Hans van Manen, Christopher Bruce, Trey Mclntyre, Edwaard Liang, Amy Seiwert, Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine. Photo by XMB Photography.


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visiting artist program

Our visiting artist program is made possible by funding from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as hospitality sponsorship from Ramada Topeka, Downtown Hotel & Convention Center. These local partners help us bring world-class guest artists to Topeka, and we appreciate all that they do for our community.

Topeka Performing Arts Center

Tickets are available through the Topeka Performing Arts Center box office (11 am – 6 pm M-F) or online via Ticketmaster.

Cast members can access rehearsal schedules here

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