SUMMIT, NJ – The magic of that Christmas classic The Nutcracker will come to life December 12 and 13 with the talent of Amanda Guas, 15, of Elizabeth, who will dance the soloist role of Lead Chinese Girl.  

Amanda, daughter of Olga and Nelson Guas of Elizabeth, and a sophomore at Union Catholic High School, will also be dancing the roles of Snowflake, Garland and Chinese Girl. Amanda has been dancing with New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s (NJDTE) since 2009, and has previously starred as Clara and appeared in the roles of Party Girl, Angel and Mouse. Remembered Guas, who has been dancing since she was three years old, “I was at a workshop and was chosen to join the company.”

As a high school student, Guas has to balance academics with the demands of dance. “When I come home from school, I fit in as much homework as I can before going to dance from 5:30 to 9:45 every night. Then, I come home and finish my school work and study.”

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That’s a tight schedule, but Guas believes it is one worth keeping. “Just like sports, dance is something you are committed to and enjoy. Dance is my sport.”  

At this performance of The Nutcracker, she will join renowned professional guest artists in this year’s full-length production of NJDTE’s beloved holiday ballet. Celebrated dancers Morgan McEwen, Scott Weber, Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich, Joseph Fritz, Bradley Shelver, Mario Espinoza and Terence Duncan, from prestigious companies such as Ballet Hispanico, National Ballet of Cuba, Metropolitan Opera Ballet and New Jersey Ballet, among others, join the Ensemble for three performances at its new venue, the Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ on Saturday, December 12 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm, and Sunday, December 13 at 2:00pm.