California Nutcracker Ballet


Santa Rosa Dance Theater Dancing Through Snow

December 17-19, 2021, 2 & 7 p.m.. on Dec.17 & 18; 2 p.m. on Dec.19, 2021

Spreckels Performing Arts Center
5409 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park
California 94928

Dancing Through the Snow! is a brand new production. Celebrate the holiday season with Santa Rosa Dance Theater. Experience favorite holiday classics with young artists as they perform 6 brand new choreographies by Artistic Director Joshua Trader. The performance also features Nutcracker Suite, transporting the audience back to the magical Land Of Sweets where you can enjoy dancing Sugar Plums and Waltzing Flowers to your heart's delight!

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Santa Rosa Dance Theater Presents "The Nutcracker"
Snow falling, flowers waltzing and children delighting. Whether you see it for the very first time, or the tenth, The Nutcracker will capture your imagination and transport you to the magical world of a girl named Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky and featuring new choreography by Artistic Director Joshua Trader, we invite you to experience the magic of this family-friendly, holiday favorite, and create an annual tradition you will cherish for years to come.

About SRDT
Santa Rosa Dance Theater is the premier dance studio in Sonoma County for classical ballet instruction since 2005. We welcome all ages, from tiny dancers and advanced students to adult students, inspiring each one to envision a future in dance. We are pleased to offer the level of ballet instruction required for students who aspire to dance professionally. Santa Rosa Dance Theater presents 2 annual performances; the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" of which the cast comprises of our own SRDT student dancers and the "Spring Showcase" which consists of a student demonstration highlighting each level of the school and what they have been working on in their respective classes during the year as well as true, fleshed out choreography for our highest level students. This section shows a range of styles from high classical ballet to cutting edge contemporary ballet that is required from today's dancer.

Santa Rosa Dance Theater was founded in September 2005 by Adele Davalos Mitchell. She was inspired by the vision and talent of our previous Artistic Director Tamara Statkoun.
Adele's goal was to create a school where students could experience outstanding dance instruction within a warm and nurturing environment.
In 2017 Tamara retired and she forwarded her vision to Joshua Trader who is now the Owner and Artistic Director of the studio.

About Artistic Director Joshua Trader
Born in San Francisco, CA, Joshua Trader trained at the Academy of Ballet under the Direction of Richard Gibson. After completing his training he joined Eugene Ballet for two years where he danced numerous leading roles. He then joined Tulsa Ballet for eight years where he expanded his classical and contemporary works and was privileged to dance in the works of the world's leading choreographers including Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Val Caniparoli, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Hans van Manen, Christopher Wheeldon, Nicolo Fonte and Stanton Welch among others.
Mr. Trader was always interested in teaching ballet and began teaching early into his dance career. Some of his teaching credits include The Joffrey Ballet Summer Workshop in San Antonio, TX, Ballet Idaho Academy, Tulsa Ballet Center For Dance Education and Tulsa Ballet's junior company Tulsa Ballet II. Upon retiring from the stage in 2010, Joshua began teaching full time at his alma mater the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco, CA. While teaching at the Academy he was instrumental in helping young students achieve their goal of becoming professional dancers. His students joined the likes of National Ballet Of Canada, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet West II, The Julliard School, and Fordam University among others.

In the fall of 2015, Mr. Trader and his family moved to Santa Rosa and he joined the faculty of Santa Rosa Dance Theater. In the Summer of 2017, Joshua was honored to be named the Artistic Director of SRDT.

Rohnert Park Contessi Ballet's The Nutcracker

North Bay Performing Arts Association December 7-8, 2018

Spreckel's Performing Arts Center
5409 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA

December 7, 2018, 7 p.m.
December 8, 2018, 2 p.m. | 6 p.m. 40th anniversary dinner

Halie Nelson stars as Clara
Dancer Ryan Camou performs the role of the Prince

40th anniversary dinner celebrates Mrs. Smith and 40 years of Contessi Ballet with a wonderful meal catered by Lombardi's. For tickets: For more information and group discounts call (707) 338-1013.

In 2018 Marcella Contessi-Smith, artistic director of Contessi Ballet and founder of the North Bay Performing Arts Center, celebrates her 40th year directing Contessi Ballet performances. The holiday classic, The Nutcracker, brings to life the beloved Christmas Eve story of a girls dream, with memorable music by Tchaikovsky. The performance is a unique collaboration between Contessi Ballet and Napa Valley Ballet and showcases dancers of all ages and abilities.

Contessi-Smith is a centerpiece of the Sonoma County dance world, and has touched the lives of many dancers over the decades she has taught classical ballet in the community. The North Bay Performing Arts Association sponsors the production.

You are invited to this delightful full-length classical ballet, following bright-eyed Clara and her beloved Nutcracker Prince as they battle the sinister Mouse Queen and travel through the Snow Flurries to the magical Kingdom of Sweets. This beautiful, Russian-inspired Nutcracker Ballet is choreographed by SRDT's Artistic Director Tamara Statkoun, a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg, Russia; former principle dancer with the Kirov Ballet, the Maly Ballet Theater of St. Petersburg, and the Kremlin Ballet Theater of Moscow. Treat the entire family!

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