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Nutcracker'10 Lights Up Performing Arts Center

Date Released: 11/9/2010

Largest production in area stars Ashley Bouder & Jared Angle Principal Dancers New York City Ballet and 200 Conservatory of Dance students and 200 area children. Click for details.

Nutcracker ’10 lights up the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College Dec. 3-5 with a stunning production by the Purchase Dance Company starring Ashley Bouder and Jared Angle, Principal Dancers of the New York City Ballet.  For tickets call 914-251-6200 or


Performance times are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:15 PM; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 PM and & 7 PM; Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1:00 PM and 5: PM.


More than 200 area children and nearly 200 Conservatory of Dance students participate this elaborately staged production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic to create a holiday treat for the entire family.


One of the area’s largest productions, the starring role of Clara will be shared by three young women.  They are Mary Watters of Bronxville, Veronica Orgera of Rye, and Kayla Mak of Rye Brook.  Clara’s brother Fritz will be played by Aidan Buss of Old, Greenwich, Andrew Gerstenblatt of Scarsdale, and Emanuel Lai of Old Greenwich. 


Artistic director for the production is former New York City Ballet soloist and Conservatory of Dance Professor Bettijane Sills.  She has had an extensive career appearing in Broadway productions and performing as a child actress on television. George Balanchine personally invited her to join the New York City Ballet where she was a soloist and principal dancer with the company for many years.  Balanchine created roles for her in “Who Cares” and “Jewels.”  Choreographer Jerome Robbins also created a role for her in his revival of “The Concert.”


Ms. Sills taught the two Principal dancers when they were teen agers in Pennsylvania.  Ashley Bouder was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA and Jared Angle was a member of the Allegheny Ballet in Altoona, PA.   


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. 

A native of Carlisle, PA, 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 Verde and Albert Evans’ Broken Promise.


Jared Angle of Altoona, PA, joined the New York City Ballet in 1998 and was promoted to 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, Burleske and Morgen, and Richard Tanner’s Soiree. 


The production features choreography by Conservatory of Dance faculty members Larry Clark, Ted Kivitt, Rosanna Seravalli, Stephanie Tooman, and Megan Williams.


New this year is the inclusion of area children in the Chinese Dance.

A total of 12 children are included in the three rotating casts.


The internationally renowned Purchase Dance Company is the performing

Company of the School of the Arts Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College.  They annually present a diversity of work ranging from reconstructions to new works created especially for the Purchase Dance Corps including contemporary, modern, and classical ballet repertory at their winter and spring concerts and at festivals in the United States and abroad.


Nutcracker ’10 is based on the classic tale by E. T. A. Hoffman and is set to music by Peter Tchaikovsky.  On a very special Christmas Eve, a young girl receives an unusual gift from her adored grandfather, a little Nutcracker doll.  Later that night, she returns to the parlor to cuddle he 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.