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A Bay Area tradition since 1966, the San José Dance Theatre is proud to present its 53nd production of The Nutcracker, now performing for two weekends! Be a part of this magical tradition in downtown San Jose with a live orchestra by the Cambrian Symphony.

Featured Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier for the 2017 Nutcracker performance was professional dancers Julia Rowe and Jaime Garcia Castilla from the San Francisco Ballet and Chisako Oga and James Cunningham from the Cincinnati Ballet.

December 7-9 & 14-16, 2018 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts located on 255 S Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA 95113

For over 52 years, open auditions have been held for San Francisco Bay Area students to take part in this iconic production. San José Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker production is unique in that it provides young dancers the opportunity to perform with live orchestra in a theater that hosts professional touring companies and is led by artistic director, Linda Hurkmans.

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San Jose Nutcracker 2017

Nutcracker Dates

Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 2pm

Past Nutcracker Performers

Week 1: December 1-3, 2017

Jaime Garcia Castilla

Ballet Principal, San Francisco Ballet

Sugar Plum Cavalier

San Jose Nutcracker Performer Julia Rowe

Julia Rowe

Ballet Soloist, San Francisco Ballet

Sugar Plum Fairy

Week 2: December 8-10, 2017

San Jose Nutcracker Performer Chisako Oga

Chisako Oga

Ballet Principal, Cincinnati Ballet

Sugar Plum Fairy

James Cunningham

Ballet Soloist, Cincinnati Ballet

Sugar Plum Cavalier

Nutcracker Outreach Programs

San Jose Dance Theatre performs a special school show on Friday, December 1st 2017.

San Jose Dance Theatre provides a very magical deal to the Girl Scouts at all performances.

Nutcracker Costume Directors

Renee Forbes

Costume Director and Board Member

Renee has been involved with San Jose Dance Theatre since 1996.  When her son Danny was 3 years old, the Forbes family saw The Nutcracker for the first time, and Danny said he wanted to be in the Nutcracker.  Renee volunteered for the costume committee and has been working on San Jose Dance Theatre costumes ever since.  Renee is currently in charge of costumes for all of our productions.  Renee stays involved with SJDT because it opens doors for children to perform that otherwise would not have that opportunity. Though her children are now grown, Renee would like to see the opportunities at San Jose Dance Theatre continue for future generations.

Kay Pettitt

Co-Costume Director

Kay grew up surrounded by creativity; her mother directed children’s theater and was a television puppeteer. Kay didn’t think anything of this until volunteering backstage 30 years later, when she found latent interests and skills bubbling to the surface. Beginning with simple alterations (in 2009, when her eldest daughter first participated as a mouse and cookie), Kay learned more each year about costuming dancers–about safety of the dancers, and how costumes look from balcony levels–from headpiece to reindeer hoof. She continues to learn how to apply the 3R’s: refurbish, rejuvenate, and recreate, so the history and wonderful designs of the founders are preserved and enjoyed for years to come. All three of Kay’s children, her son and youngest daughter as well, are now dancing and making ballet, SJDT, and The Nutcracker, a true family affair.

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