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Ballet Ariel’s The Nutcracker

December 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ballet Ariel’s magical interpretation of The Nutcracker returns to the Lakewood Cultural Center. The Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Ballet Ariel’s Artistic Director, Ilena Norton with pas de deux choreography and direction by Oleg Dedogryuk.

In a full-scale production beautifully performed to Tchaikovsky’s opulent score, the artistry of Ballet Ariel’s professional company, along with aspiring local youth dancers from the Lakewood Dance Academy, will once again flood the theatre, enveloping everyone in the spirit of the season.

Travel through the Land of Snow to the Land of Sweets with the brave and beautiful Clara and her handsome prince. An exquisite grand finale takes place in the Sugar Plum Fairy’s castle as dancers from different countries come together in celebration with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince.

Tickets are USD 38-33 adults, USD 35-30 seniors and students, and USD 30-25 children, ages 3-12. To purchase tickets, go to lakewood.org/tickets or call (303) 987-7845. The Lakewood Cultural Center is located at 470 S. Allison Parkway. Please note: To protect all patrons, Ballet Ariel will be complying with Lakewood Cultural Center’s Covid-19 safety requirements at the time of the performance.

Performance dates and times are Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 pm; Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 pm; Friday, December 17 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm; Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 pm; Wednesday, December 22 at 2:00 pm; and Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 pm.


Ballet Ariel was founded in 1998 by Artistic and Executive Director Ilena Norton. Now entering its 23rd year of performance, Ballet Ariel has evolved into a laboratory for developing original classical ballets, a collaborative environment where the beauty of classical ballet comes together with narrative storytelling and a contemporary vision. This professional company is known for its graceful and elegant, yet dynamic, choreography and staging.

Located in Denver at the WABI Studio, 490 South Santa Fe Drive, Suite C, the company employs twelve professional dancers under Rehearsal Director Oleg Dedogryuk and Patricia Renzetti, and Resident Choreographer Gregory Gonzales. Ballet Ariel’s repertoire features original ballets such as Ballerina by Degas, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and Tale of Molly Brown along with classical works including The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Les Sylphides.

Ballet Ariel emphasizes diversity in its company and education programs and offers an eclectic repertoire to attract broad spectrum audiences and participants. Ballet Ariel has performed at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre since 1998, and now performs regularly at the Lakewood Cultural Center, the Schoolhouse Theater and the PACE Center in Parker, the Parsons Theatre at Northglenn Recreation Center and the Pinnacle Performing Arts Center. Ballet Ariel has also performed throughout the Denver metro area in the SCFD Summerfest series at the Arvada Center, the Cherry Hills Winter Cultural series, the Denver Ballet Guild Showcase of Dance, the Mile High Dance Festival, the Denver Botanic Gardens SCFD series and others. Ballet Ariel has performed on tour in Leadville at the Tabor Opera House, Durango, and with Artcore in Casper, Wyoming.

Ballet Ariel receives funding from Denver, Jefferson, Adams, and Douglas Counties through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Colorado Creative Industries, and Denver Ballet Guild. The Covid Relief Fund received from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation help to make this production possible.

For more information, visit www.balletariel.org or call (303) 945-4388.



December 11, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Ballet Ariel


Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S. Allison Pkwy
Lakewood, CO 80226 United States
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