Above photo courtesy of Annie Rowland

Our Mission

Training up dancers for good purposes!  Nutcracker 2017 is the Santa Cruz  Nutcracker that seeks to make a difference in the lives of many who experience this special holiday treat at the beautiful Henry Mello Center of the Performing Arts in Watsonville.  Our shows will also serve as a fundraiser for both  Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Services and the Hopice of Santa Cruz organization that has far reaching impact on local children and their families that are battling cancer at various stages.

The Nutcracker Suite has become a holiday tradition for millions of families around the world!

What We've Achieved

  • We are in performing our 6th annual production of the Nutcracker in Santa Cruz County
  • Our Nutcracker includes guests artists from San Francisco Ballet who dance alongside our students from Scotts Valley, Capitola, Aptos , Santa Cruz and Watsonville.
  • Our featured dancers are Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen, and the Dew Drop Fairy
  • Our beautiful full length Nutcracker in two acts  opens with guests attending a party at the Staulbaums house.
  • Clara receives a doll that is broken by Fritz and when she sleeps her dream takes her with the Nutcracker, who has come alive , into the land of sweets.
  • The second act divertissements are superb dancing scenes with themes of candy from all parts of the world.
  • Clara's mysterious uncle Drosselmeyer is woven through her dream expererience
  • Tchaikovsky's timeless score is no less then thrilling when combined with extraordinary dancers and talented choreographers.