Council Woman, Carol Berz, accompanied by select Shepherd Community members, Chattanooga College counselors and students will attend a special performance of Ballet Tennessee’s Nutcracker at the Hayes Concert Hall on Thursday evening. The performance will celebrate the company’s 16 year collaboration with the city of Chattanooga which has enabled thousands of economically-challenged children to participate in high quality dance programs free of charge.
According to Artistic Director Anna Baker VanCura, the strong focus on outreach results in a ballet company that reflects the diversity of the Chattanooga area. "We have dancers in our cast that are Hispanic, African American, Asian, as well as Caucasian, and they are dancing in significant roles. That is possible because of our focus on high quality arts-learning experiences at all levels and because of the support of the city, Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, and the state legislature through the Tennessee Arts Commission."
Elected officials are also invited to attend this performance so that "Ballet Tennessee can publicly thank them for their support of quality arts programs such as ours," said Ms. Van Cura.
Some of those children are now professionals and professional track dancers and will be performing soloist and principal roles in the performance. Ballet Tennessee professional dancer and TIP Alumnus, Joseph Lynch will perform the Snow Cavalier, the Rose Cavalier, and the Arabian Variation. Current TIP scholars Alondra Gomez and Forrest Oliveros, will perform the Sugarplum Fairy, Rose Fairy, and Spanish Cavalier respectively. Other performers in the cast impacted by the long-term collaboration include Juan Gomez, siblings: Isaiah, Joy, and Anemone Hansen, Essence McClure, Phoebe Mills, Lydia Barnett, LaJeromeny Brown, and more.
Public performances of Ballet Tennessee’s ‘The Nutcracker’ will take place at the Hayes Concert Hall in the UTC Fine Arts Center on Dec. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 15 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets for this production are on sale at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Contact the box office at 425-4269 or www.utc.edu/finearts.