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Purchase Dance Corps Presents "Nutcracker '07" Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Date Released: 10/22/2007

New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder and Jared Angle join the Purchase Dance Corps, and over 150 local children in Nutcracker '07, a traditional version of the enchanting holiday classic, November 30 and December 1-2 in the Purchase College Performing Arts Center.

Performances are Friday, November 30 at 7:15 PM; Saturday, December 1 at 2 PM and 7 PM; and Sunday, December 2 at 1 PM and 5 PM. Tickets are $45, $35 and $25 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or visiting

Purchase College, State University of New York is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

Nutcracker '07 features choreography by the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Dance faculty, with artistic direction by former New York City Ballet dancer and Conservatory ballet faculty member Bettijane Sills of White Plains, N.Y. The featured dancers are New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jared Angle as her Cavalier. The role of Clara will be danced by Alex Terry of New Canaan, Conn., Annie Corrao of Thornwood, N.Y., and Claire Deane of New Rochelle, N.Y.

The Nutcracker '07 ballet is based on the classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffman and set to music by Peter Tchaikovsky. On a very special Christmas Eve, a young girl receives an unusual gift from her adored godfather, a little Nutcracker doll. Later that night, she returns to the parlor to cuddle her doll and suddenly finds herself immersed in a world of danger and magic, as her Nutcracker Prince comes alive to battle armies of giant mice and lead her through the snow, into the Land of Sweets.

Ashley Bouder joined the New York City Ballet in 2000 and became a Soloist in 2004. She was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer in 2005.  Born in Carlisle, Penn., she has had featured roles in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, and Jewels as well as Jerome Robbins' The Four Seasons and The Goldberg Variations, and Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, among others. She has also originated featured roles in Susan Stroman's The Blue Necklace, Peter Martins' Viva Verdi and Albert Evans' Broken Promise.

Jared Angle of Altoona, Penn., joined the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in 1998 and was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 2001. He became a Principal Dancer in 2005. He has danced featured roles in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and Union Jack, Jerome Robbins' Fanfare, and Dances at a Gathering, and Peter Martins' Jazz and The Waltz Project, among many others. He has originated featured roles in Peter Martins' Burleske and Morgen, and Richard Tanner's SoirĂ©e. 

Three to Perform Role of Clara
Annie Corrao of Hawthorne, N.Y. is currently enrolled at the Scarsdale Ballet Studio under Director Diana White. She has studied ballet for nine years.  This is her fifth year dancing in the Purchase production of The Nutcracker and her second year playing Clara. In addition to dancing, she has performed in the Random Farms Kids' Theatre mainstage productions of Cinderella and Seussical.  She recently performed the part of Cinderella in the Lighthouse Youth Theatre' performance of Into the Woods at Tarrytown Music Hall. Annie is 12 years old and attends Holy Rosary School in Hawthorne.

Claire Deane of New Rochelle, N.Y. studied this summer with the American Academy of Ballet at Purchase College and the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in New York City.  She is a student at the Scarsdale Ballet Studio where she studies with Diana White, Anastasia Edery and Pedro Ruiz. Claire loves to perform and has taken to the stage in musical theatre as well, having played Dorothy in the Missoula Children Theater's Wizard of Oz and Victoria in the Albert Leonard Middle School's production of Cats. This January, she will play the role of Samuel in Albert Leonard Middle School's production of The Pirates of Penzance. Claire is a seventh grade student at Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle. 

Alexandra Terry of New Canaan, Conn. has studied ballet at the New England Academy of Dance in New Canaan for seven years. She has danced in five Nutcracker productions at Purchase College and is playing the role of Clara for the first time. Last summer she participated in the Young Dancers Summer Workshop at the American Ballet Theatre and attended a summer program at the American Academy of Ballet in 2006. An accomplished gymnast, Alex is also on a competitive team at Arena Gymnastics in Stamford, Conn. Alex is 11 years old and attends Saxe Middle School in New Canaan.

Bettijane Sills, artistic director of Nutcracker '07, is a full professor at the Conservatory of Dance.  She has had an extensive theatrical career on the Broadway stage and on television as a child actress.  She was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet and was a soloist who danced principal roles for many years. Balanchine created roles for her in Who Cares and Jewels, as did Jerome Robbins in his revival of The Concert.  She has staged the Balanchine repertory at the Conservatory and has choreographed several works for the Purchase Dance Corps.

Tickets will also be available at the Rye Arts Center on November 4 from 2-5 PM at the opening reception for their exhibition The Magic of Storybook Dance: Original Illustrations for Children's Books with Costumes and Artifacts from the World of Dance. Children attending the November 4 event can have their picture taken with Nutcracker '07 costumed performers from the Purchase Dance Corps. Conservatory of Dance hip-hop instructor Yon Burke will offer a hip-hop workshop. The exhibition also celebrates the publication of popular children's author Susan Jeffers' new book Nutcracker published by Harper Collins. Ms. Jeffers will be on hand at each of the Nutcracker '07 performances to sell and sign her new book at the Nutcracker Boutique. The proceeds from the Boutique benefit the Conservatory of Dance scholarship program.

The Purchase Dance Corps is the performing company of the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Dean Carol Shiffman. The company presents a diversity of work ranging from reconstructions to contemporary modern and classical ballet repertory to new works created especially for the Purchase Dance Corps.  The company performs a winter and spring concert and participates in festivals in the United States and abroad.