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South Bay Ballet's Nutcracker Comes To Life this Holiday Season

12-03-2009 12:45 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: South Bay Ballet

Photo:  Michael Khoury

Photo: Michael Khoury

TORRANCE, CA – South Bay Ballet’s beloved production of The Nutcracker comes to life this holiday season at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College Center for the Arts, December 19 and 20, 2009. This year’s production sparkles with dazzling distinction as it marks the opening of South Bay Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Season!

South Bay Ballet’s Nutcracker takes this local company to the grandest place as it rivals the finest American performances of this holiday spectacular. Blessed with Diane Lauridsen’s artistic direction, this massive physical production boasts stunning sets by Jenny Tomich, vibrant costumes, dramatic lighting, and impressive special effects, along with the brilliant score of Peter Tchaikovsky – making it a big city affair.

“South Bay Ballet’s Nutcracker is a Nutcracker like no other,” shares Catherine Jacobson, president of South Bay Ballet. “Our production is a chance to experience wonderful dancing, an enchanting story and magical special effects, all of which have proven to captivate audiences of all ages. This year’s production is especially sweet as the Company marks its 30th Anniversary performing in the Southland.”

Company members with a knowing professional sheen dance to a story that is familiar to most with uplifting surprises and exciting new twists exclusive to South Bay Ballet’s Nutcracker. Featured in the production are Tess Lane, Washington Ballet 2009 Full Scholarship recipient, as Clara; Keiji Ino, Petit Oasis Foundation Scholarship Recipient, as The Nutcracker Prince; Evyn Nicole Davis, RDA Craft of Choreography 2009 Full Scholarship recipient, as the Sugar Plum Fairy; and Elizabeth Simoens, 2009 Daily Breeze Making a Difference Award recipient, as the Snow Queen. Making a guest appearance as Grandmother Clara this year is Betty Chim-Lieu, noted attorney and wife of California State Assemblymember Ted Lieu.

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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 Anniversary 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 in Torrance.

For additional information or to become a friend of South Bay Ballet visit

South Bay Ballet
1261 Sartori Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
Lisa Silagy, Publicity

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