Colorado Ballet Society is coordinating with The Pikes Peak Library District to provide eight performances of the Petite Nutcracker for the Colorado Springs community at 10 am, 11 am, & 1 pm on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, 2019, with two additional performance on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 at 2pm since the first six performances have sold out, at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. in Colorado Springs, to benefit Hope & Home.
“The Pikes Peak Library District’s mission is to provide resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community,” explains Elyse Jones, PPLD’s Community Partnership Coordinator. “The Petite Nutcracker brings people together to appreciate performing arts through ballet. Not everyone has the opportunity to attend cultural experiences like going to the ballet, and PPLD is happy to collaborate with the Colorado Ballet Society to provide events like this to the Pikes Peak Region.”
“Petite Nutcracker is a fun, fresh way to experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic,” shares Hillary Moseley, Ballet Society instructor and choreographer. “Our audience gets to enjoy all the highlights from The Nutcracker in a condensed amount of time that makes this performance ideal for children of all ages!”
Twenty dancers from the Colorado Youth Ballet and Connexus Dance Collective will present a thirty-minute performance. Connexus will open the show with two new holiday-themed contemporary pieces, choreographed by Laci Landry and Daniel Prewitt, to music selections with a fun and unique twist on Christmas classics. The Colorado Youth Ballet will follow with their Petite Nutcracker, an introduction to the Nutcracker ballet, which includes shortened versions of the Party Scene, the Battle Scene, and the Land of the Sweets.
“It’s exciting that younger kids will experience classical ballet and contemporary dance in the same show,” says Laci Landry, choreographer and Connexus Manager. “I hope the audience is intrigued by the different style and interpretation of the music contemporary dance can present and that the works bring them joy, peace, and excitement in this Christmas season.”
“This event is a perfect way to introduce the Nutcracker to your young children and a great way to give back to the Colorado Springs community,” adds Mia Otto, Ballet Society Studio Manager.
Proceeds from Petite Nutcracker will go to Hope & Home, a foster care agency headquartered in Colorado Springs serving over 175 families and over 200 kids all across Colorado. Abused and neglected children who’ve been removed from their birth homes get a stable and nurturing family to live with until it’s safe to go home again, or — when that safety isn’t possible — a family to give them a “forever home” through adoption.