Since 2001, Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet presents an annual production
of The Nutcracker based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman and music by Pytor
Ilyich Tchaikovsky during the holiday season at the historic Palace Theatre
in downtown Manchester. To add to the intensity of the performance, the
Youth Ballet is accompanied by a live orchestra, just as Tchaikovsky's
masterpiece was intended.
Each year, Youth Ballet performers are joined by many notable guest artists
that have included Carlos Molina, former principal dancer with the
Boston Ballet, Jeremy Collins, former Principal Dancer of the
American Ballet Theatre and many Southern NH Dance Theater alumni, Lauren Stewart formerly of
The Joffrey Ballet & Suzanne Farrell Ballet; Janice Niggeling from
the Metropolitan Opera Ballet & the Broadway productions of
Phantom of the Opera &
West Side Story and Amy Von Handorf formerly of
The Nevada Dance Theatre. The Youth Ballet is also joined each year by many celebrity guests that
perform the role of
Mother Ginger. Past celebrities have included WZID's Mike Morin, John Clayton, Kria
Sakakeeny or WMUR, Nazzy from JYY and the Morning Waking Crew and others.
From 2001 to 2009, Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet celebrated the coming
of spring with Spring-Fling, a dance performance showcasing a wide array
classical and original works. Past performances have include: the comedic ballet
choreographed by David Lichine;
The Magic Toyshop
(La Boutique Fantasque),
Fairy Houses — The Ballet
based on the children's series by NH author & illustrator Tracy Kane and
Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly
based on the Fancy Nancy book series written by Jane O'Connor and
illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.
And from 2012 to 2015, the Youth Ballet expanded its Spring performance
to include some of New Hampshires finest performers in
New Hampshire Choreographer's Showcase, a dynamic performance featuring some of New Hampshire's finest choreographers
and dance ensembles.
This season the Youth Ballet is proud to announce the premier of
Snow White and Seven Dwarfts
, an original work by the award winning choreographer, Ashley Walton.
At the end of the school year, Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater presents its
Year-End Performance. All dancers attending regular classes at the Southern New Hampshire Dance
Theater are invited to participate. Traditionally, three separate shows
are presented; a Pre-School Performance featuring our youngest performers
ages 2 to 6. A Matinee Performance showcasing our graded ballet program
(levels 1 thru 4) along with our boys program and our tap, jazz and modern
dance programs. Lastly, an Evening program is presented featuring the
upper levels or our ballet program along with company and apprentice members
of Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet.