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New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble Hosts Nutcracker Story Time at Montclair Public Library

Experience NJDTE's The Nutcracker Credits: Courtesy of NJDTE
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Katie Lefkowitz as Clara in NJDTE's 2015 production of The Nutcracker. Credits: Tony Turner
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NJDTE senior dancer Kate Heulitt in The Nutcracker. Credits: Narratography by Anthony Johnson
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October 18, 2016 – New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, a pre-professional training and performing company for young dancers based in downtown Summit, celebrates its return to Montclair for its upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” this December with a free community story time at the Montclair Public Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair on Thursday, November 17 at 4pm.

Open to all children in the community ages 4-10, this free special event will feature the telling of the classic Nutcracker tale by E.T.A. Hoffman by Montclair Library staff. Katie Lefkowitz, 11, of Warren, and Donald Grennon, 11, of Summit, who will perform the starring roles of siblings Clara and Fritz in NJDTE’s full-length production of ”The Nutcracker” this December, will appear in costume to answer questions, sign autographs and take photos with the children in attendance.

NJDTE’s “The Nutcracker” returns to Montclair for its 47th anniversary season. Set to the classic music of Peter Tchaikovsky and choreographed by NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano, the ballet features over 55 talented young dancers ages 7 through 18 from across New Jersey as well as professional guest artists.

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Celebrated dancers Peter Brandenhoff, Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich, Joseph Fritz, Morgan McEwen, Brian Gephart, Bradley Shelver and Lyvan Esteban Verdicia, from prestigious companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Metropolitan Opera Ballet and New Jersey Ballet, among others, join the Ensemble for three performances at the Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm, and Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $35 Adult & $25 Child/Student/Senior, and are available at njdte.eventbrite.com.

ABOUT NJDTE:

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble celebrates over 47 years of excellence as a pre-professional training school and performing company. Founded in 1969 under the direction of internationally acclaimed ballet master, Alfredo Corvino, and led by award-winning Artistic Director Nancy Turano since 1994, NJDTE has maintained a successful dance curriculum with an unparalleled outcome of artistic excellence. NJDTE’s forward-thinking programming empowers students with contemporary dance technologies as well as traditional dance forms. The Ensemble provides mentorship programs and access to master artists and choreographers as role models, creating a network for its dancers to succeed as performing artists in higher education and as professionals in the field. An esteemed advisory panel of the country’s most acclaimed dance artists supports the Ensemble. Throughout the year at NJDTE’s new 9,000 sq.ft. facility in Summit, a full schedule of classes in ballet, pointe, modern and contemporary dance for dancers ages 5-18 is taught by faculty from prominent companies and schools, including the Paris Opéra Ballet, Limón Dance Company, Parsons Dance, Ballet Hispánico, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, among others. NJDTE has been acknowledged for creating innovative training and mentoring programs for dancers and choreographers in the New York City metro area, including MOVEMENT INVENTION PROJECT®, MIP2®, AiR® contemporary choreographic residencies, and INKUBATE®, a site-specific dance installation series at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ. The Ensemble presents a full-length production of “The Nutcracker” at Montclair State University, annually premieres new works by emerging artists-in-residence, and maintains a diverse repertoire by master choreographers, including Twyla Tharp, David Parsons, Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Adam Barruch, Loni Landon, Shannon Gillen, Kate Skarpetowska, Belinda McGuire, Bradley Shelver, Elizabeth Roxas and Nancy Turano. The company also offers continuing support for its alumni with employment opportunities as NJDTE staff members and guest artists.

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