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Scarsdale Ballet Puts New Spin On Holiday Classic, 'The Nutcracker'

Clara and her eponymous Christmas toy will dance their way into the hearts of adults and children alike at the Scarsdale Ballet Studio's production of "The Nutcracker" this Sunday at SUNY Purchase.
Clara and her eponymous Christmas toy will dance their way into the hearts of adults and children alike at the Scarsdale Ballet Studio's production of "The Nutcracker" this Sunday at SUNY Purchase. Photo Credit: Contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- A Scarsdale-based dance company will be presenting a new production of “The Nutcracker” at SUNY Purchase this weekend.

The beloved holiday ballet, scored by Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, has been re-staged and re-imagined but remains true to the tale of a young girl, Clara, who finds that her favorite Christmas toy has come alive.

Her prince defeats the evil Mouse King and carries Clara off to a magical land filled with sugar plum fairies, swirling snowflakes and living dolls.

The production was choreographed by Diana White and Marcus Galante with contributions from the staff at the Scarsdale Ballet Studio.

Former New York City Ballet set and costume maestro Alain Vaes designed the spectacular growing Christmas tree and other aspects of the production.

It will be presented at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Recital Hall at SUNY Purchase, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase.

Tickets are $42.50 and are available online at http://bit.ly/2glAuX0. The box office can be reached by calling (914) 251-6200.

White, a former soloist of New York City Ballet, says “The Nutcracker” is the only classical ballet she can think of “where children are truly the stars of the show.”

As the school’s artistic director, she cast students of all ages and levels in this production.

White herself has danced in at least seven different roles in more than 500 performances of the show while she was with the New York City Ballet and as a guest artist.

She said she once thought she was “through” with "The Nutcracker," but after more than 20 years of directing in Scarsdale, she came to realize how much she missed it.

White said she especially wanted to share “the magical ballet" with her students, their families and the community.

For more information about the Scarsdale Ballet Studio, click here.

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