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Dec. 4, 2007

UI Youth Ballet will perform 'The Nutcracker' Dec. 15 and 16

The University of Iowa Youth Ballet will perform "The Nutcracker" at 8 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15, and 3 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16, in the Space/Place Theater of UI North Hall.

This is the first production under the artistic direction of Sarah Barragán, and it features both the UI Youth Ballet and majors from the UI Department of Dance.

"From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with dancing snowflakes, a dashing prince, and Peter Tchaikovsky's majestic score based on one of the world's most beloved ballets," she says.

"Share the tradition of fantasy as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince and Clara ignite the imagination of your princes and princesses of all ages. Watch as this unique Iowa City experience unfolds, showcasing exceptional and talented dancers!"

"The "Nutcracker" will be performed by a cast of more than 35 dancers ages 8 through 21, and it features new choreography by Sarah Barragán and dance faculty members Armando Duarte and Eloy Barragán.

Sunday's matinee performance will be followed by a free, on-stage ballet workshop for young audiences. This 20-minute workshop for children ages 4 through 8 will be led by Kathryn Smith, director of the pre-ballet program.

Dancers from the "Nutcracker" will also be there in costume to sign autographs and pose for photos with the children.

Tickets for "The Nutcracker" are $12 (students $6, children under 12 free) and are available in advance from the Iowa Memorial Union box office.

In addition to window sales at the Iowa Memorial Union, the University Box Office may be reached by phone at 319-335-3041 or toll-free 800-346-4401. The fax number is 319-335-3407. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. In addition to cash and checks, the University Box Office accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards.

Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door.

North Hall is located at the north end of Madison Street on the UI campus. It is accessible from both Madison Street and the Anne Cleary Walk. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp.

The UI Dance Forum and Youth Ballet is a community outreach dance program dedicated to enriching the lives of all students by nurturing and encouraging artistic expression in children and adults, as well as preparing gifted students for careers as professional artists.

Dance Forum offers beginning through advanced classes in ballet and pointe, as well as classes in modern, jazz and tap for children and adults of all ages. Classes are taught by professional instructors from the community, as well as qualified undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Dance. Visit the program's website at

The Department of Dance is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: David McGraw, UI Division of Performing Arts, 319-335-3906; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),