‘Nutcracker’ is the perfect way to begin your holiday celebrations

Wed October 30, 2013 2:00pm

Kick off the holidays with the Chula Vista Ballet’s “Nutcracker.”
The arts are alive and thriving in Chula Vista. Our city’s first and only non-profit ballet company is once again thrilling audiences this holiday season with the traditional “Nutcracker” ballet.  
Artistic Director Taeko Nishino, a Chula Vista resident, says, “Rehearsals are well under way. This year’s combination of live dance and music, famous guest artists and exceptional local ballerinas makes the Chula Vista Ballet’s “Nutcracker” a magical experience.”  

This year’s famous guest artists will include Miko Fogarty, seen in the documentary “First Position,” and local phenom Rex Tilton who is currently starring in the CW’s hit show “Breaking Point.” These dancers will join our local company dancers and community children who have been cast in the youth roles.  
The Chula Vista Ballet is bringing back its live orchestra under the musical direction of Conductor John Nettels. The live music adds depth and beauty to the ballet, bringing the story to life for audiences young and old.
In addition to the regularly scheduled performances, the Chula Vista Ballet is offering a free show for elementary schools as part of their desire to bring the art of ballet to the youth in our community.
“We are committed to our mission of keeping the art of ballet alive in Chula Vista … with arts programs cut from many schools, it is now more important than ever for organizations such as ours to take the lead in sharing the arts with our community,” said CVB President and founder Neisha Hernandez.
Indeed, the company’s motto is Bring Art to your Life! Chula Vista Ballet’s “Nutcracker” performances will be Friday, Nov, 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 and 6 p.m. The special showing for elementary schools will be Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. All performances will be held at Eastlake High School. Immediately after each performance, Clara will be available for photos and autographs.
For information, contact www.chulavistaballet.org or call (619) 870-7325.