Contact: Marisa Arellano, Destiny Dance Academy, Director; (638) 384-3403 or (520) 450-0353,
Puerto Peñasco, Son. (Nov. 19): Destiny Dance Academy is proud to announce that for the second consecutive year they will stage the The Nutcracker Ballet in Puerto Peñasco. The 1st Nutcracker Ballet debuted in Russia in 1892 choreographed by Marius Petipa with the musical score written by Tchaikovisky. It later became a cultural tradition that has been celebrated around the world for over a century.
The academy is proud to announce that this year Guest Artist Melissa Green will be performing the role of The Sugar Plum Fairy. Melissa is a former ballerina from New York who recently joined the Destiny Dance Staff and teaches Pointe Technique to advanced students. She has 15 years of experience performing throughout the US and Canada. The addition of Melissa Green to the performance this year, combined with the academy’s increasing strength in ballet technique will bring this years’ performance to a professional level. The youth lead (Clara) will be danced by the studio’s first Platinum Performance winner, Irlanda Gonzalez with additional leads to be performed by Daney Guzman as the Snow Queen in her final performance with the academy and Valeria Casanova as The Dew Drop Princess.
Over 60 children and adults will take part in bringing the performance of The Nutcracker to life. The majority of participants are students of the academy who train in ballet, tap and jazz (though The Nutcracker showcases only ballet technique). In addition to the students- teachers, parents and volunteers are also involved. Local school children will play the roles of Party Boys and a special parent volunteer will play the role of Mother Ginger.
Teachers began working on dance steps in August and students began learning parts in September. Many hours go into staging a ballet as complex as The Nutcracker including extra weekend rehearsals, set and theater preparation and design of costume, posters and tickets.
As with last years’ performance, a percentage of funds raised will benefit local DIF programs. Last years’ performances sold out and left many who did not get in asking for an additional performance. This year that performance is granted. The academy will present three full performances: Friday December 12th at 730 pm, and Saturday December 13th at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are RESERVED SEATS and will be available starting NOV 26 through DEC 11 at Destiny Dance Academy located in Plaza Fremont on Fremont Blvd. Cost is $100 pesos or $8 dollars in advance. Tickets the day of the show will be $120 pesos or $10 at the door and are general seating (best available). The extra performance will also allow the academy to increase their donation to DIF.
Destiny Dance Academy opened in 2012 and is under the direction of Marisa Arellano. Its’ performance team travels to the US twice a year to perform and compete. The team performed in Disneyland in 2013 and 2014. Platinum, Gold and Silver winners in competitions in AZ, the performance team is proud to represent Puerto Peñasco.
Destiny Dance Academy is proud to share a tradition in classical music and dance with residents of Puerto Peñasco and tourist alike and proud to support local DIF programs.