Virginia National Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

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Provided by Virginia National Ballet

Zoe Frantz Photo courtesy of Melanie Beus (Melephoto)

Virginia National Ballet and Gainesville Ballet School are thrilled to present the fifth annual production of The Nutcracker at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 24 at 2:00 p. m. and 7:00 p. m. This extremely popular, stand out production, features a cast of award winning international dancers from Brazil, Japan, and the USA, along with the Junior Company and students of Gainesville Ballet School. Prepare to be thrilled by the exquisite dancing of stars Saaya Pikula, Leandro de Almeida, Emanuel Tavares, and more.

Audiences will also enjoy the gorgeous production with fantastic choreography, updated costumes, sets, and new special effects in this year’s performances.

Virginia National Ballet’s Nutcracker is the first of the season each year, taking place on the day after Thanksgiving at the elegant Hylton Performing Arts Center, and is the perfect way to kick off the holidays! Ticket prices are also very family friendly, ranging from $15 to $35.

Led by Directors Elysabeth Muscat Hegab and Rafik Hegab, Virginia National Ballet has skyrocketed in popularity in a few short years. The nonprofit company is one of a small group of select dance companies to be on the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Directory, and will be touring in the State of Virginia this season. Supporting institutions include The National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Prince William County, NOVEC, The Dominion Energy Foundation, and Wegmans. The company has also performed at the International Ballet Festival in Nicaragua and has an open invitation to perform each year.

Tickets sell quickly for Virginia National Ballet’s Nutcracker performances at the Hylton. Get yours early at the Hylton Box Office (, or online at (search “Virginia National Ballet”).

The 2017-18 Five-Year-Anniversary Season also includes participation in the Arts Alive Festival at the Hylton in September (where we will present excerpts from last year’s hit, Bohemian Rhapsody to the music of Queen), the World Premiere of the Ballet AIDA in February, the thrilling CARMINA BURANA and the world premiere of Hegab’s BOLERO in May, and a spring performance at the Hylton in June, including a tour to the Pro Art Series at UVA-Wise in April.

Virginia National Ballet is also hosting a Halloween Daddy-Daughter Dance at Dominion Valley Country Club in late October!

For more information about all events, please contact Elysabeth Muscat at [email protected], 703-753-5005, or visit


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