Ballet Metropolitan announces Nutcracker performances

Ballet Metropolitan announces Nutcracker performances


It just isn’t the Holidays without The Nutcracker! Dec. 13 – 15, Ballet Metropolitan brings the endearing story of Clara’s dream to life. Sugar Plum Fairies dance in snow-filled forests. Toy soldiers and mice spring to life. Clara’s Nutcracker Prince appears. The Christmas tree grows to dizzying heights.

Magnificent dance, unforgettable music, lavish scenery, and exquisite costumes await you. Nutcracker performances are Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Belvidere High School Performing Arts Center.

Directed and choreographed by Ballet Metropolitan’s artistic director, Petria Foss Milroy, this unique production will feature a cast of more than 70 dancers. Brian Grant will star as the Cavalier, and Katrina Bierk as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Other stars include: Teresa Urnezis, a Metropolitan Ballet principal dancer; Julia Swanson; Kirsten Klotz; J.P. Tenuta; Ed Stiltner (as Drosselmyer); and Kelly Rose Delehanty (as Clara).

Brian Grant, a student in Northern Illinois University’s Dance Performance/Theater Arts program, has performed in Rockford for many years. Katrina Bierk, a long-time dancer with Ballet Metropolitan, has performed lead roles in several of the company’s productions. She also has danced with Ballet Arkansas and Louisville Ballet, among others.

Tickets for Ballet Metropolitan’s production of The Nutcracker are $12 per adult; $10 per child, student, or senior citizen. All tickets are reserved seating. To reserve tickets, or for more information, call (815) 654-7190.

Petria Milroy’s experience as an artistic director, choreographer, professional dancer, and teacher spans more than 30 years in classical ballet, jazz, modern and Spanish dance. She has danced professionally as a soloist with Omaha Ballet, Charleston Civic Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Dance Charlotte, Miami Ballet, Ballet Madison, Performance Tech, and Northern Dance Theatre. A former student of the Royal Academy of Dance, Milroy has also studied and performed with legendary dancers Michael Baryshnikov and Alexander Godunov.

Milroy holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Performance/Theater Arts from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Creighton University. In addition to directing and performing in Ballet Metropolitan, Milroy is a charter member of the Rockford Dance Company and is an active member of the Rockford Area Arts Council, the Arts Plus Committee, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, and the Loves Park/Machesney Park Chamber of Commerce. She also works directly with the Rockford Park District and Rockford School District, introducing and teaching dance to children.

Ballet Metropolitan is a non-profit ballet company that is an incomparable resource for dancers to enhance their artistic experience while receiving instruction in dance that is second to none. In addition to her own teaching, Milroy recruits renowned professional dancers to instruct and to choreograph. This unique blend puts Ballet Metropolitan in a class by itself, allowing students to see the real-life opportunities available to them after high school or college.

Ballet Metropolitan is committed to dancers of all types: those who seek to build a professional career; those who dance for the pure love of the art; and those who dance for exercise. Auditions are held throughout the year for new company members, apprentices, and understudies. Rehearsals are held at the Metropolitan School of Ballet, located at the Carlson Arctic Ice Arena in Loves Park.

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