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South Bay Ballet Opens 30th Anniversary Season with The Nutcracker

South Bay Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Season will open with its annual production of "The Nutcracker" on December 19th and 20th, at 2 p.m. in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College Center for the Arts.

Torrance, CA, October 01, 2009 --( Under the direction of Diane Lauridsen, this enchanting ballet’s vibrant costumes, stunning sets by Jenny Tomich, along with the brilliant score of Peter Tchaikovsky, present Clara as a young girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina and dances with her Nutcracker Prince in the Kingdom of the Sweets. Audiences will be entertained by the uplifting surprises and exciting new twists exclusive to South Bay Ballet’s Nutcracker. A magical treat for all ages!

More than just a holiday tradition for many Southland families, South Bay Ballet’s production of "The Nutcracker" provides a rare opportunity for more than 80 local ballet students of the Lauridsen Ballet Centre to perform with senior company members of pre-professional standing. Dancers at South Bay Ballet train exclusively at the Lauridsen Ballet Centre in Torrance, nationally renowned for its integrity, strict guidelines and the highest quality training. Students travel from around the world to study the unique curriculum which unites the traditions of the past with state-of-the-art knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and cross training. Dancers are privileged to study in a professional atmosphere with live piano accompaniment, as well as, guest teachers from world-renowned ballet companies.

Information & Ticket Sales:
Adults $28
Children 12 and under $18
Group rates available

About South Bay Ballet:
South Bay Ballet, a non-profit organization, provides quality artistic performances to the community as well as outstanding training to young and pre-professional dancers. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Diane Lauridsen, and Assistant Artistic Director Candice Davis, the Company’s mission is to provide a nurturing environment for serious dance students to develop their skills while offering artistic excellence to the community. The Company is dedicated to providing performance opportunities that build character and confidence. The ultimate goal is to carry young dancers into their professional lives.

South Bay Ballet continues to present Southern California audiences with a professional level artistic experience. Each year South Bay Ballet offers an eclectic range of ballets, from classical to contemporary. In addition to “The Nutcracker,” the 2009-2010 Season includes both “Bravo! A Classical & Contemporary Ballet Experience” and “Storybook Ballet” featuring the premiere of “The Sleeping Beauty,” performed at the James Armstrong Theatre.

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Contact Information
South Bay Ballet
Lisa Silagy

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