Colorado Youth Ballet Set to Light Up Ent Center for the Arts Stage With Nutcracker Guest Stars

Award-winning dancers of the Colorado Ballet Society and the Colorado Youth Ballet will perform seven shows of The Nutcracker, at 7:00pm on Friday, December, 20; and 2:00pm & 6:00pm on December 21-23 at the Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N Nevada Ave in Colorado Springs. 150 cast members, including guest artists from Boulder Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, and Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, and narrators from the FOX21 News Team will bring this classic tale to life with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

“We are thrilled to have such dedicated and talented professionals joining our production this year,” says Ballet Society and Youth Ballet founder and director, Patricia Hoffman.

“Recent Ballet Society graduate and Boulder Ballet Apprentice, Emma Michaux, will return to perform Snow Queen for three performances and Arabian Coffee Corps for four performances; international guest artist and Ballet San Antonio dancer, Ryland Acree, will portray Snow King and Russian Lead; internationally recognized dance star and Artistic Director of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Robert Sher-Machherndl, will appear as our Drosselmeyer; and five professionals from the FOX21 News Team will lend their voices throughout our run, narrating this classic Nutcracker story live: News Director Joe Cole, Anchor Scott Kilbury, Living Local Host and Executive Producer Claudia Garofalo, Meteorologist Emily Roehler, and Sports Director Ashley Giovanna,” says Hoffman.

“I’m excited to perform for the people that have watched me since I was young and to dance with the incredibly talented students at Colorado Ballet Society,” shares Emma Michaux. “It’s surreal knowing that I’m really getting to dance for a living and coming home is a fun way to celebrate that!”

Michaux is a Colorado native who has been dancing since the age of four. She trained with Colorado Ballet Society in Colorado Springs since the age of eleven and joined Boulder Ballet as an Apprentice in 2019.

“The best part of working with the Colorado Youth Ballet is the expertise in the coaching as well as being able to work with the instructors who helped form my dancing,” explains Michaux. “Going from a student to a guest artist is certainly an interesting transition. I’d like to hope I’ll never truly stop being a student in my dancing because there is so much in this art form to learn.”