The eighth annual presentation by the local dance school is Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt University.
Each December, ADA presents “The Nutcracker” involving about 100 ADA company members and auditioned dancers ages 5 and older from its ballet program.
The Academy of Dance Arts is directed by Christi B. Hinkley, who says the event is a festive family holiday tradition.
“It is conveniently located in our community and it is a family oriented, a nice outing for mother and daughter, and the whole family,” she said. “There is something for everyone. It is wonderful for children of all ages.”
Hinkley said the performance is the full-length version of the ballet by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and lasts about an hour and a half, making it just right for younger audiences.
There is an intermission, and Nutcracker items are sold and refreshments available.
“It is our performing arts company, but also auditioned children ages 5 through college,” she said. “One thing different about our performance is that we do not hire professionals, we use all our own dancers.”
Hinkley also said the university’s performing arts auditorium makes a perfect place to perform the holiday classic.
“If you have never been to the Falany Performing Arts Center it is just a hidden gem, and has allowed us to grow our production and improve it,” Hinkley said.
“The Nutcracker” tells the story of Clara, who on Christmas Eve at a family party receives a pair of ballet pointe shoes and a special gift from her favorite uncle — a beloved Nutcracker doll.
When Clara falls asleep that night, the nutcracker doll turns into a prince. She and her prince journey to the land of the sweets and land of snow and are greeted by the snow queen, angels, the Dew Drop Fairy and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
People from different lands dance and entertain Clara, and as her dream comes to an end, Clara’s precious nutcracker doll is returned to her.
Tickets for the show are available at tix.com and are $18 for adults and $14 for students and seniors.
For more information, visit academyofdancearts.com.