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San José Dance Theatre is proud to be presenting our 50th production of The Nutcracker, December 4-6, 2015, at the Center for Performing Arts in downtown San José.

Linda Hurkmans, Artistic Director, continues the tradition of presenting a professional performance of one of the world’s favorite holiday traditions.  San José Dance Theatre presented the first The Nutcracker in Silicon Valley in 1966 under the direction of founders Paul E. Curtis Jr. and Shawn Stuart.  A former student of Curtis and Stuart, Linda Hurkmans keeps their vision alive today and as she takes San José Dance Theatre into the future.

San José Dance Theatre presents San José’s only production of The Nutcracker that has a live orchestra for every performance.  We are honored to continue our partnership with the Cambrian Symphony under the direction of the talented Scott Krijnen.  Gracing the stage will be San Francisco Ballet soloist and principal dancers, Sasha De Sola and Tiit Helimets, reprising their role as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier.  It is a privilege to partner with so many talented artist!

The Nutcracker is a family event.  With a Christmas tree that grows to over 200 feet, little soldiers who defeat the evil Mouse King, and snowflakes that waltz through a moonlit forest, there is sure to be something for the entire family to enjoy!

Order tickets for San José Dance Theatre’s 50th production of The Nutcracker here.

Congratulations to all of the dancers who auditioned for this year’s show.

San José Dance Theatre October Guest Teachers:
Peter Hershey, of Ballet San Jose, Company C Contemporary Dance Co. and Menlowe Ballet.  Best know for his leading role of “Johnny” in Blue Suede Shoes
Nathan Cottam, Principal Dancer with Bay Pointe Ballet, BS degree in Sociology and a Master of Fine Art in dance from the University of Arizona. Nathan founded Mannakin Theater and Dance and produced two tours of Serbia.
Simona De Tullio, Artistic Director and Choreographer of “Breathing Art Company” in Italy. Creator and Director of “International Prize San Nicola” with international partnerships with Holland, USA, France, Germany, and Switzerland.
 In the US, Simona has guest taught at Alonso King’s Lines Ballet, San Jose Dance Theatre and Florida Atlantic University in Miami and will collaborate with San Jose Dance Theatre for a Spring Workshop and in studio showing in 2016.

Click here for a tour of San Jose Dance Theatre with Artistic Director, Linda Hurkmans.Video Courtesy of Timothy Jeghers.