Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Vladimir Issaev’s The Nutcracker

Once again, South Florida stages will be filled with snowflakes, sugarplums, naughty little boys, and magical dolls… The charm of the holidays is back this year, as Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents the return of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker.” The critically acclaimed performance choreographed and directed by renowned Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev, will run in Miami, Aventura and Fort Lauderdale.

With a cast of 104, this spectacular production features the professional dancers of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida performing the principal roles, while local character artists and children and students of the prestigious Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet complete the cast.

The engaging choreography from the fun of the party scene, to the harrowing battle scene, to the enchanting kingdom of the sweets, is guaranteed to entertain any age. This traditional ballet is performed every year by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida to Tchaikovsky’s popular score based on the tale of Ernest Hoffman. Not only is it the most popular ballet enjoyed by all audiences around the world during this time of the year but it also serves as an introduction to ballet for the very young audiences.

Issaev’s choreography preserves the Russian tradition, and serves as an alternative to those who already have seen Balanchine’s version. This year the performance is refreshed with new costumes and set designs. The new costumes for the Party Scene and the Snow Scene are being made at the Ateliers of the Mariinsky Theatre (formerly Kirov) in Russia, while new costumes for the Angels are being created by well renowned costume designer Jorge Gallardo. Finally, a new Tree designed by Elena Bond will be lit in the middle of the stage which along with the beautiful backdrops the falling snow and the special effects, will enchant children and adults during the performance.

Don’t miss the opportunity to share the excitement and charm of the holidays with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida during their extraordinary performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Gusman Performing Arts Center in downtown on December 4th, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on December 10th, 11th and 12th, and at the Parker Playhouse of Fort Lauderdale December 18th and 19th.

For tickets and information, visit online at or call 305-948-4777.

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