SA Ballet's ‘Nutcracker' opens Friday night at Tobin Center

Artistic director: Audiences can expect better choreography than ever

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SAN ANTONIO – It’s that time of year again when sugarplum fairies descend on the Tobin Performing Arts Center for the traditional “Nutcracker” Ballet.

This year will have even more dancers than ever. Ballet San Antonio has written in several parts for non-dancers who will waltz and spin with the ballerinas.  More than 100 local children will also join dancers on stage.

The artistic director of Ballet San Antonio said the audience will enjoy better dancing and choreography than ever, as he has transformed some of the magical scenes into a more exciting and difficult ballet.

“There are spirals that are happening in the battle scene, and Clara comes out and she does a whirling pique turns, a series of turns, and Myara, as well.  It's really just more exciting," said Willy Shives, artistic director of Ballet San Antonio

Ballet San Antonio’s “Nutcracker” hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with nine performances through Dec. 3.

Ursula Pari will be appearing in the Dec. 1 performance at 7:30 p.m. And KSAT’s Mike Osterhage and Charles Gonzalez will also be making special appearances. 

About the Author:

Ursula Pari has been a staple of television news in Texas at KSAT 12 News since 1996 and a veteran of broadcast journalism for more than 30 years.