Photo by Monica Estrada Brandon Ballet dancers beautifully perform The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition. Brandon Ballet will perform four performances on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, at Spoto High School Auditorium.

The Brandon Ballet will present the timeless classic “The Nutcracker” on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11. The Brandon Ballet will perform the timeless classic in four performances at Spoto High School auditorium, located at 8538 Eagle Palm Dr. in Riverview. On Saturday, December 10, there will be performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, December 11, the performances will be at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

This is the 18th season that the Brandon Ballet has performed the seasonal ballet. Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl named Clara, who on Christmas Eve is given the gift of a wooden toy nutcracker from her Uncle Drosselmeyer. The toy leads Clara on a magical journey through an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters dancing snowflakes, an elegant Snow Queen and the majestic Sugar Plum Fairy.

According to Alice Bock, artistic director, “We are pleased to announce that we will have three professionals performing with us this season. Two of the professionals, Kristen Zemina and Veronica Daniels, grew up at the Brandon Ballet. They turned down other jobs to return to the area to perform in The Nutcracker this year.” Bock added, “It has been a goal of the Brandon Ballet to become a professional ballet company. Having paid professionals in the performance means that we are close to reaching this goal.”

The Brandon Ballet was founded in 1993. It is a nonprofit regional ballet company that develops and promotes opportunities for aspiring young dancers. By offering a superior training program and two major performances each year, the Brandon Ballet helps serious dancers broaden their dance experiences.

The Brandon Ballet strives to make the performing arts accessible to the community. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for children and students and $20 for seniors 55 and older.

Since its founding in 1993, the Brandon Ballet has worked to provide both its dancers with the highest caliber of professional training and the communities with an education in the art of dance.

For more information and to obtain tickets, please visit or call 684-4282.

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