The Peninsula Youth Ballet will perform the anticipated holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker" showcasing the Bay Area’s top young ballet dancers in the heart of the peninsula.
The Nutcracker is a fairytale ballet composed in 1891-1892 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Marius Petipa choreographed the first ballet based on Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation of the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The first performance was held in December 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then, the Nutcracker ballet became a Christmas tradition and one of the most popular ballets of all time. Its universal appeal has been attributed to the popularity of its timeless characters and its beautifully intricate choreography, costumes, and set design.
“For nearly 20 years, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of professional and amateur dancers,” said Ayako Takahashi, PYB’s Founder and Artistic Director. “I am always amazed at the immense talent here on the Peninsula. These performers come alive on stage and use their talents to keep audiences enthralled year after year.”
This year’s performance will feature an amazing list of dancers: 13 year old Veronica Yang and 13 year old Amanda Wang will feature as Little Clara; 17 year old Anna Zheng as Big Clara and 14 year old Alyssa-Marie Muna as the Snow Queen. A new guest dancer, the talented Junna Ige from the Silicon Valley Ballet, will also hit the stage this year as the Sugar Plum Fairy as well as Michael Lowe of Menlowe Ballet as Drosselmeyer.