Miami Youth Ballet to present The Nutcracker at Arts Center

By Nicolle Ugarriza….

The Nutcracker ballet is a perfect holiday spectacle for children and adults alike.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) and Miami Youth Ballet present The Nutcracker on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and $25. SMDCAC is located at 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. For tickets the public should call 786-573-5300 and for information visit online at

This classic ballet is a perfect holiday spectacle for children and adults alike. Don’t miss a little girl’s dreamlike journey to the magical Land of the Sweets, the Sugarplum Fairy, dazzling costumed characters, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker is a timeless production that will entertain and delight the entire family.

Miami Youth Ballet unites local dance students with professional guest artists for this annual production of The Nutcracker in collaboration with Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance. Experience this amazing production choreographed and directed by former Miami City Ballet stars Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris.

Performance features guest artist Maribel Modrono (former Miami City Ballet principal dancer) and Reyneris Reyes (Miami City Ballet principal dancer).

Miami Youth Ballet is a non-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities for local young artists to be mentored, grow and ultimately present their work for the enjoyment and cultural enhancement of the community.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center serves as a showcase for the performing and media arts, welcoming people from all backgrounds and economic means. The facility includes a 966-seat state-of-the-art theater, which features a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, concessions, etc.) and back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.).  The site also includes an activities building which houses lab/ experimental theaters, and may be used for classrooms, rehearsals, and small-scale performances. A beautiful outdoor plaza allows for festivals, art shows, and other outdoor activities. The concert lawn “back yard” slopes to the Black Creek Canal, and can host outdoor concerts, performances and events.

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