Nutcracker by Car, Van & Plane ... Oh, My!
November 26, 2018

Dance Alive National Ballet Celebrates Its 53rd Year of The Nutcracker
THE way to celebrate the season with friends and family...
See an amazing show and watch their face glow!
Dance Alive National Ballet  is presenting its 53rd year of The Nutcracker at three regional venues - the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, the Legacy Park Multipurpose Center in Alachua, and the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala.
Audiences of all ages are always enchanted by the beauty of the 'Sugar Plum Fairy' and her dazzling Court along with the wonderment of swirling snowflakes. Always a sparkling production with beautiful costumes, this year audiences will experience breathtaking new sets. You'll cheer for the tiny toy soldiers and their leader, the handsome 'Nutcracker Prince'. Truly an all-time family favorite .

The amazing cast features award winning dancers from Brazil, Cuba, Russia, Ukraine and the United States. Expect dazzling dancing and a magical evening
Nutcracker in Gainesville
WHEN:       Friday and Saturday, December 14 & 15 @ 7:30 PM
                   Saturday and Sunday, December 15 & 16 @ 2:00 PM
WHERE:     Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL
TICKETS:   352-392-ARTS, Phillips Center Box Office or  Gainesville Nutcracker
Nutcracker in Marion County
WHEN:         School Show Dec. 11h @ 11 AM
                     Public Show Dec. 11th @ 10 AM
WHERE:      Reilly Arts Center
TICKETS:    Reserve through 352-371-29866
TICKETS:     Public Show Marion County Show

DANB School Shows of Nutcracker  at the Reilly Arts Center are presented with the generous support of Duke Energy.  Thank You Duke Energy!

Nutcracker School Shows in Gainesville

WHEN:        Thursday, December 13th @ 10 & 11:45 AM
                    Friday, December 14 @ 10:30 AM
WHERE:      Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL
TICKETS:    Reserve by calling 351-371-2986

DANB School Shows of Nutcracker in Gainesville are presented with the generous support of Cox Media.  
Thank You Cox Media!

Visitors with the Nutcracker Prince from 2017 Mommy & Me.

Mommy & Me On Stage


Mommy & Me is an amazing event and this year it has taken on a different life.

Florida School for the Deaf and Blind will be bringing 50 children to enjoy the experience - sitting on the floor to feel the music and the dance, touching costumes and shoes and props and entering into conversation with performers.  Each child attending will be presented with a gift bag from a dancer as a memento of the performance.

Donations of $50.00 are needed to sponsor each child. Please consider supporting and make this experience memorable.

Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation  joined DANB as "Principal" Corporate Sponsor for Mommy & Me - helping to provide for over 50 children from Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.   THANK YOU  for your generous contribution in the spirit of the holidays. About AGTC

Gary Ascani as 'Mother Ginger", Alexsey Kuznetsov as 'Nutcracker', Carla Amancio as 'Sugar Plum Fairy', Emilia Leon as 'Clara" and Anna Gleim, Mari Mancuso and Allie Schofield as "Bon Bons.'   
 Photo courtesy Gainesville Sun.

This production features multiple casts performing in various venues. In Gainesville, each performance will offer something special with the role of 'Sugar Plum Fairy' danced by Carla Amancio, Jessie Dominguez, Gretel Batista and Julia Ponomareva and the role of 'Nutcracker' danced by Alexsey Kuznetsov and Fhilipe Teixeira.  
Special guests performing the role of 'Mother Ginger' include:
  • James Roberts, Florida authorized House counsel, Dance Alive, Inc., Friday evening.
  • Lauren Poe, Mayor of Gainesville, Saturday matinee.
  • Gary Ascani, President, Medical Ventures Consulting, LLC, Saturday evening.
  • Aaron Bosshardt, President and Co-owner Bosshardt Realty, Sunday matinee.


National Theatre of Havana   (Teatro Nacional)

The picture above is where DANB's Gretel Batista and Sergii Sydorskyi performed.
The Company performed 5 different works at 2 different venues and was very well received. We've been invited back for the 2020 Festival! 
Among reviews we've found so far ...

  1.  "the performances of Maria Kochetkova (National Ballet of Norway), Cory Stearns and Hee Seo (American Ballet Theater), among others, and showed the great level of the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, Dance Alive National Ballet and the Norwegian National Ballet "says the Washington Post.
  2. "The festival presented outstanding works by guest companies. Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève presented Claude Brumachon's absorbing Carmina Burana, while Dance Alive National Ballet, an energetic Florida company, offered a mixed repertoire evening."    Pointe Magazine

Dance Alive National Ballet IS making its mark Internationally!

Andre Valladon in a section from L'Amour.  
 Photo Monica Sue Nielsen.
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