Colorado Dancers Bring The Nutcracker to the Pikes Peak Center Stage

Nutcracker at the Pikes Peak Center    Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography

What could be sweeter? The traditional classic including Sugar Plums and Ginger Kids will be portrayed by 120 local dancers, including 40 from Colorado Youth Ballet and 80 from Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, who along with professional performers from Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Boulder, will be presenting their highly acclaimed version of Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday tale, The Nutcracker, at 5:00pm and 7:30pm on Friday, December 14, 2012, at the Pikes Peak Center at 190 South Cascade Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs.

“In our second year of presenting The Nutcracker at the Pikes Peak Center, we are thrilled to be adding exciting new scenes and costumes,” says Ballet Society and Youth Ballet founder and artistic director, Patricia Hoffman. “We enjoy keeping our production fresh and providing highly acclaimed professionals who join our cast and perform alongside many of our own award winning dancers. All these elements make our Nutcracker be a special treat for Southern Colorado.”

Matthew Helms of Ballet Boulder lifts Hannah Olson in the Arabian Scene Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography

One of the professionals joining this year’s cast is Boulder Ballet principal artist, Matthew Helms, who will be featured this year as the Nutcracker Prince. “This will be my third performance with the Youth Ballet. I really admire the amount of dedication and hard work everyone here has and I’m looking forward to dancing on stage again at Pikes Peak Center,” he says. “This is really a chance for Colorado Springs to see top level ballet dancing in a beautiful venue.” Helms also portrayed Prince Siegfried in the Youth Ballet’s Swan Lake which received a standing ovation from an appreciative audience this past May. “Everyone at Ballet Society, from the dancers I partner, the students I meet, the faculty and parents, have all been so kind to me. It really makes me feel right at home every time I visit Ballet Society.”

Stephen Wynne, Artistic Director of Sangre de Cristo Ballet and School of Dance, in Southern Colorado, is another Front Range professional who will be featured as Dosselmeyer, Clara’s mysterious uncle who fills her dreams with sweet magic. A former dancer with Joffrey Ballet, Mr. Wynne spent 16 years oversees employed as a dancer by many different companies in Europe including Scapino Ballet in Amsterdam, CH Tanz Theater in Zurich, Switzerland and Tanz-Forum, the resident modern dance company at the Metropolitan Opera House in Cologne, Germany. Later in his career Mr. Wynne began to choreograph and subsequently was award for his choreographic achievement from the German Cultural Department in October of 1993.

Last year’s Dancer For A Day, Kimmie Lowe, received a special gift from Drosselmeyer Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography

Ballet Society production manager, Melanie Frounterhouse, gives a peek into one of the many aspects of the production. “This past spring Patty Hoffman won an award in the Special Projects category from the Arts in Business Consortium for our ‘Dancer For A Day’ program. One of our senior students, Hannah Olson, developed this special opportunity for a local child coping with a life threatening illness to be a ‘star’ in our Nutcracker. It really was such a hit with everyone and we’ve decided to turn it into an annual event.” This year’s dancer for a Day is Alexis Davenport who was referred to the program by Lynne Schmidt of Memorial Children’s Hospital. Schmidt also assisted in selecting last year’s featured dancer, Kimmie Lowe and had this to say about her part in the program, “When it came to choosing a child to refer for the program, it wasn’t an easy decision. There are some very deserving patients but Alexis stood out to me to be the “perfect little girl” for the program this year and is having a wonderful time in rehearsals.”

“Our Nutcracker is a perfect length at just over an hour long and is a great, family friendly production,” says Ballet Society school administrator, Lauren Brown. “Bring the whole gang for a special holiday treat!” FOX21 News and SOCO CW TV Network are media sponsors for this event and will be MC’s for the opening of the production. Compassion International will also be presenting information about their child sponsorship program reaching out to assist children in need across the world.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are $16-$31 and are available through the Pikes Peak Center and World Arena Box Offices, at area King Soopers stores and TicketsWest locations and over the phone at (719) 520-SHOW.

General information about Ballet Society and Colorado Youth Ballet is available online at:


Who: Colorado Youth Ballet and Ballet Society of Colorado Springs

What:  The Nutcracker: A family friendly rendition of a classic holiday favorite!

Where: Pikes Peak Center, 190 South Cascade Avenue, C/S, CO

When: Friday, December 14, at 5:00pm and 7:30pm Tickets:  $16-$31 and are available through the Pikes Peak Center and World Arena Box Offices, at area King Soopers stores and TicketsWest locations and over the phone at (719) 520-SHOW. All photos are available in hi-resolution for reprinting (719)272-7078.


All Photos in this release are by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography and available in high resolution by contacting

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