SUMMIT, NJ – Alina Slotwinski, 16, of Berkley Heights, New Jersey will play the star role of "Mouse Queen” in this year’s full-length production of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s (NJDTE) holiday classic THE NUTCRACKER. She will be joined by renowned professional guest artists. Alina, the daughter of Jennifer and David Slotwinski, currently attends Academy of Performing Arts Scotch Plains.

NJDTE returns to the Memorial Auditorium with its 50th Anniversary Season of the full-length production of THE NUTCRACKER. Set to the classic music of Peter Tchaikovsky and choreographed by NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano, the ballet features over 60 talented pre-professional dancers from New Jersey alongside renowned international guest artists.  “Alina is a lovely dancer who has both technical capacity as well as artistic strength.  Alina has strong presence on stage as the powerful Mouse Queen who battles the Nutcracker Prince,” says NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano.

Alina will also be featured in the roles of Snowflakes, Marzipan, Spanish, Waltz of Flowers. She will be joined by renowned, international guest artists including; Timothy Stickney of Complexions Contemporary Ballet in the role of Dr.Drosselmeyer and Lead Russian, Alexandra Gonzalez and Samuel Kunzman of the Met Opera Ballet  former New Jersey Ballet prima ballerina Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich as the Grandmother.

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All performances take place at Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, MMontclair, NJ on Saturday, December 14 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm, and Sunday, December 15 at 2:00pm.

Tickets are $25-$40, and are available online at To request an interview with NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano or one of our guest artists, please contact Kaitlyn Esposito at