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NJDTE Nutcracker Stars Union 7th Grader from St. James the Apostle School Student as Clara

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Credits: photo by Veranika Antanevich
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SUMMIT, NJ –  Samantha Wolf, a 7th grader from Union, New Jersey, will join renowned professional guest artists when she performs the lead role as Clara in this year’s full-length production of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s (NJDTE) beloved holiday classic “The Nutcracker.”

An extraordinary group of international dance artists, including Princess Grace Award recipient Lyvan Esteban Verdicia of Ballet Hispanico as Father/Russian/Arabian, and Marie-Lorène Fichaux, formerly of Paris Opera Ballet and currently with the Lyon Opera Ballet dancing the classic role of Sugar Plum Fairy, join the Ensemble for three captivating performances. Mikhail Ilyin, formerly of Miami City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, will appear as her Cavalier. Also joining the cast are celebrated dancers Christopher Bloom of Ballet Hispanico in the role of Drosselmeyer/Mother Gigone, and as the Grandmother, former New Jersey Ballet prima ballerina Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich

Samantha, the daughter of Danielle and Marc Wolf, is a seventh grader at St. James the Apostle School in Springfield, New Jersey.  Samantha joined NJDTE’s Ensemble Company in 2015, and will perform the soloist role of Clara.  She is also receiving the Mayor’s Award from the Township of Union, on November 28th, for her outstanding accomplishment of being cast as Clara in NJDTE’s production.  The Mayor’s Award is presented to local residents of Union that have shown quality and community services within the Township of Union.

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Performances are at Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ on Saturday, December 9 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm, and Sunday, December 10 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $35 Adult & $25 Child/Student/Senior, and are available at njdte.tix.com. 

Photo credit: Samantha Wolf by Veranika Antanevich

WHO:                       New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble

WHAT:                     “The Nutcracker”

WHERE:                   Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University | 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043

WHEN:                     Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1pm & 5pm

 1pm Post-Performance Nutcracker “Behind the Scenes” VIP PASS

                                Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2pm

TICKETS:                 On Sale Now at http://njdte.tix.com

                                $35 Adult | $25 Child/Student/Senior | $10 VIP PASS

To request an interview with NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano or one of our guest artists, please contact Erin Carlisle Norton, Marketing Associate | 312-343-2840

ABOUT NJDTE:

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s forward-thinking programming empowers dancers with contemporary technologies as well as traditional dance forms. NJDTE, located in Summit, NJ, provides the highest quality, pre-professional training to aspiring dancers through professional experiences with world-renowned dancers, teachers, choreographers, and musicians.  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 has been acknowledged for creating innovative training and mentoring programs for dancers and choreographers in the New York City metro area, including MOVEMENT INVENTION PROJECTÒ, MIP2Ò, AiRÒ contemporary choreographic residencies, and INKUBATEÒ, a site-specific dance installation series at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ.  NJDTE mentors dancers toward higher education and professionalism in dance and provides its alumni with employment opportunities as NJDTE guest artists, faculty, choreographers and staff. www.njdte.org

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