SUMMIT, NJ – Allison Miller, 16, of Scotch Plains, will play the star role of “Toy Soldier” 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. Allison, the daughter of Cindy and Glenn Miller, currently attends Scotch Plains Fanwood High School.

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.  “Allison is a talented dancer who is passionate and dedicated. She performs the role of Toy Soldier with technical precision and accuracy. Looking forward to her premiere in that role this season” says NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano.

Allison will also be featured in the roles of Snowflakes, Spanish and in 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, Montclair, 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

PHOTO CREDIT:                  Headshot  by Duncan Pettigrew

WHO:                       New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble
WHAT:                     THE NUTCRACKER
WHERE:                   Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State Univ. | 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043
WHEN:                     Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at 1pm & 5pm
                                 1pm Post-Performance THE NUTCRACKER “Behind the Scenes” VIP PASS
                                 Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 2pm
TICKETS:                  On Sale Now at      $25-$40

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble provides artistic excellence in pre-professional dance education and performances, with forward-thinking programming that empowers dancers. NJDTE celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season, and continues to be an innovative force in the NJ and NYC Metro area by engaging acclaimed artists, international choreographers, and providing performance opportunities. Led by award-winning Artistic Director Nancy Turano since 1994, NJDTE mentors and inspires dancers toward higher education and supports its alumni as professionals in the field.

Montclair State University is located on Valley Rd. and Normal Ave. in Montclair, NJ. The University's main entrance is on Normal Avenue. Take Garden State Parkway to Route 3 West (exit 153B). Exit onto Valley Road (South) toward Montclair. Paid Parking is available at the Red Hawk Parking Lot using parking vending machines. The Memorial Auditorium is a 5 minute walk from the lot.