By Juliet Farmer

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(credit: Juliet Farmer)

Sacramento Ballet

(916) 552-5800

Performing at Community Center Theatre

(916) 808-5181
Box Office Hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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The Sacramento Ballet’s 2011-2012 season features new and returning favorites through spring 2012, with classic, contemporary, and new works on display for ballet lovers and newbies alike.

Sacramento Ballet’s season officially kicked off with a production of Ron Cunningham’s Dracula, which featured Serenade by George Balanchine and Second Before the Ground by Trey McIntyre, set to African-inspired music by the Kronos Quartet.

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(credit: Sacramento Ballet)

This month, The Nutcracker holiday tradition continues with the classic story of magic and make-believe, where toy soldiers come to life, snowflakes waltz, and the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns supreme. The Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker performance is a tradition for many families, and continues to delight adults and children of all ages.

In February, bring the kids back for the enchanting tale of Cinderella, a classically beautiful underdog who has to deal with crazy stepsisters, a wicked stepmother, and a party that changes her life forever. This beloved children’s fairy tale brings magic and wonder to the ballet just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Then, Modern Masters hits the stage in the spring with Fluctuating Hemlines and new works to be announced. Septime Webre’s contemporary Fluctuating Hemlines will be paired with Tigger Benford’s live percussion ensemble. (Note: Modern Masters appears at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College in Folsom.)

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Spring is also the setting for Beer & Ballet, an event where patrons can partake of beer, wine, or soda while they watch edgy new works created by the dancers of the Sacramento Ballet. The Ballet’s “Genius” Series is another highlight of 2012, and features choreography by George Balanchine and commentary by artistic directors Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda.

The company performs at the Community Center Theater, which seats 2,422 and features outstanding acoustics and unobstructed views. On event nights, the Convention Center box office is open through the first intermission. On Sundays and holidays, they are open two hours prior to the performance.

Accessible seating is available (four spaces plus four companion seats), in row I on the main floor (orchestra level) for patrons with disabilities. Mobility devices must be no taller than 42”, measured from the floor to shoulder height, or from floor to top of seatback, whichever is greater. Additional accessible seating is located in the Grand Tier (row wc), Second Tier (row wc) or main level (row CC). No babes in arms are allowed.

Tickets to the Sacramento Ballet are $15 to $69 for adults and children under 12 for The Nutcracker, $17 to $68 for adults and $15 to $68 for children under 12 for Cinderella, and $45 for Modern Masters (purchase via the Three Stages at Folsom Lake College Box Office, 916-608-6888).

Below are the dates and times of each production (not including Dracula, which closed Oct. 31):

The Nutcracker

Dec 16 – 7 p.m., Dec 17- 2 & 7 p.m., Dec 18 – 1 & 5 p.m., Dec 22 – 2 & 7 p.m., Dec 23 – 2 & 7


Feb 9-11, 7:30 p.m.; Feb 12 – 2 p.m.

Modern Masters

March 29- 30, 7:30 p.m.; March 31, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Genius Series and Beer & Ballet
Genius Series

April 13-14, 20-22 and 27-29, p.m.

Juliet Farmer was born and raised in Sacramento, where she resides with her husband, two cats, and rescued greyhound. She is a freelance writer who regularly writes about food, pets, health and wellness, entertainment, and more.


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