Friday, December 9, 2011

Julie Kent - World Reknowned Dancer to be guest performer at Nutcracker

Julie Kent in action

Guest artist Julie Kent — a prima ballerina whose career with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) has spanned 25 years and dozens of principal roles — will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. performances of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ (UNCSA) The Nutcracker.  Kent is replacing Ana Sophia Scheller, who had to withdraw from the role due to a family illness. 

Kent (Principal, ABT) will be joined in the performances by guest artist Gonzalo Garcia (Principal, New York City Ballet), who has performed with Kent previously and will dance as her Cavalier Prince.  UNCSA’s The Nutcracker runs Dec. 10-18 at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem.

Thanks to its unique partnership with ABT, UNC School of the Arts Chancellor John Mauceri was able to personally call the Company to seek out — and find — a replacement within hours of Scheller’s withdrawal. And not just any replacement — Kent is widely recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished and famous dancers.

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