Carlos Molina, Former Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet and Many New York City Dancers to Perform in The Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bedford, NH – Southern NH Dance Theater (SNHDT) is proud to announce a spectacular list of guest artists for the Palace Theatre’s annual production of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker to be performed Thanksgiving weekend in six performances Friday, November 26th through Sunday, November 28th 2010. The annual performance boasts a cast of over 85 talented dancers and performers, including guest artists Carlos Molina (former principal dancer with Boston Ballet), New York City dancers Janice Niggeling, Jere Hunt, Bafana Solomon Matea and many talented local dancers.

Carlos Molina, originally from Colombia, has been a principal dancer with Hartford Ballet, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, and most recently a principal dancer with Boston Ballet. He will be partnering the Sugar Plum Fairy. This is Carlos Molina’s third year performing at the Palace Theatre. Patricia Lavoie, artistic director for Southern NH Dance Theater stated, “This year we are thrilled that SNHDT alumnus Janice Niggeling will be performing two shows as Sugar Plum Fairy. Janice has not performed in NH for a long time. It’s an honor for us to be able to feature her with our company again.” Janice Niggeling received her early dance training at Southern NH Dance Theater. She continued her dance education at Ballet Academy East in NYC while earning her degree in finance from Fordham University. She has danced with the Broadway companies of The Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story. Other credits include dancing in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and with The Metropolitan Opera.

Returning to the cast this year is Jere Hunt, performing the roles of Spanish and Chinese Soloist. Mr. Hunt joined the SNHDT cast for the first time in 2009 and made a great impression. He graduated with a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan where he performed works by world-renowned choreographers David Parsons, Christopher d’Amboise, Martha Graham and Molissa Fenley. He danced with SYREN Modern Dance and DeMa Dance Company for their 2009-2010 seasons and currently dances with RIOULT in New York City. Bafana Solomon Matea is also a returning guest artist to this year’s Nutcracker cast. Originally from South Africa, he studied under scholarship at the Alvin Ailey Dance School in New York. He is currently dancing with Battery Dance Company with whom he is just returning from a tour in Africa. He will be featured in the Nutcracker as Soldier Doll and Mouse King in Act 1, and as Candy Cane soloist and Arabian Soloist in Act 2.

Fredrick Davis returns to the Palace Theatre in the roles of Snow King and Arabian Soloist. He is a strong and extremely complementary partner to the SNHDT dancers. Mr. Davis is a current member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in New York. He has also danced with several professional companies in Alaska, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Thomas Ortiz, another Southern NH Dance Theater alumnus, will perform a variety of roles during the weekend including Soldier Doll, Mouse King, Candy Cane Soloist and Spanish Variation. Mr. Ortiz, who grew up in Merrimack, NH, graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance where he had the honor of working with world-renowned choreographers David Parsons, Molissa Fenley, and Robert Battle. Mr. Ortiz has danced with Chet Walker’s company WalkerDance in NYC and is currently dancing with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago’s second company. “Thomas is a natural performer. His engaging stage presence brings energy and excitement to every scene he is in,” stated Lavoie.

Southern NH Dance Theater has several artists-in-residence returning to the production. Faculty member Douglas Davis, will reprise his role of Drosselmeyer in Act I. His experience and professionalism help to bring the Party Scene to life on stage. Mr. Davis has danced in both the United States and Europe with the Los Angeles Ballet, the Frankfurt Ballet, Zurich Ballet and Bern Ballet. Faculty member and alumnus Sallie Werst will dance the roles of Spanish Soloist and Arabian Soloist. Ms. Werst has danced with Bossov Ballet Theater, Vermont Chamber Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She also studied in New York City at Ballet Academy East with Darla Hoover and several renowned choreographers.

“The Nutcracker performed by Southern NH Dance Theater combined with the power and intensity of a live orchestra is a time-honored holiday tradition that you just can’t miss,” stated Peter Ramsey, executive director of the Palace Theatre. Join Southern NH Dance Theater as Clara’s dream comes to life on-stage in the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Manchester. The Nutcracker will be performed:

Friday, November 26th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 27th at 11 AM, 4 PM & 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 28th at 1 PM & 4:30 PM

For ticket information call the Palace Theatre Box Office at 603.668.5588 or visit www.palacetheatre.org. Call for your tickets today!


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