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Blacksburg Ballet presents The Nutcracker
at the Bondurant Auditorium on Radford University’s Campus
on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m
“The Nutcracker” ballet is a beloved holiday tradition for the entire family, capturing your imagination and transporting you to a magical world of toy soldiers and dancing snowflakes. The audience follows Clara on her journey as she meets colorful characters in the Land of the Sweets, from the captivating Sugar Plum Fairy to Mother Ginger’s mischevious Bon Bon Children. This iconic classical ballet enthralls audiences of all ages.2019 Nutcracker Handbook
Featured Guest Leads: Mari Sugawa and Humberto Teixeira
MARI SUGAWA was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Japan where she received her training. She also worked privately with Prima ballerina assoluta, Eva Evdokimova when she came back to the US. Her repertoire includes in such classics as Giselle, Odette in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Nikiya in La Bayadère to among others. Especially her Giselle and Juliet have met high critical praise. She has performed with New Jersey Ballet, Ballet Austin, Eglevsky Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and Matsuyama Ballet Company. Currently, She performs as a guest principal artist including the Gala of 24th Varna International Ballet Competition. She is also a certified pilates mat and reformer instructor by Pilates Academy International.
HUMBERTO TEIXEIRA originally began his dance training as a teenager in his native country-Brazil, to improve his advanced martial arts skills. He studied with renowned ballet master Pablo Moret and Cristina Helena. In 1998 Humberto joined Dance Companhia Sesi Minas and was promoted to soloist in 2000. He has been a laureate in numerous dance competitions including Festival Internacional De Danca de Joinville. Humberto has performed numerous soloist and principal roles in the Classical Repertoire with Companhia Sesi Minas in Brazil, Columbia Classic Ballet in South Carolina, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in Germany, New Jersey Ballet and Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Humberto is also a Choreographer, Winner of the Walter-Fink Preize as the best project of 2009 in Karlsruhe, Germany. In addition, Humberto is specialized in coaching dancers for auditions and competitions around the world. Recently he worked with Risa Mochizuki from Japan to prepare for the World Ballet Competition where she was awarded gold medal. He coached Christian Alex Assis to prepare him to the season 2016-2017 of Zurich Ballet, Switzerland and Leonardo Fonseca to prepare him to the season 2016-2017 of Theatre Chemnitz, Germany. Humberto has been appointed as Assistant Artistic Director with Ballet Forte, NJ for 2019-2020 season.