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Redwood City Ballet America Nutcracker Ballet Holiday Event




Ballet America and The Redwood City Nutcracker performances at the historic Fox Theatre are a hit each year and with good reason. From beautiful stage sets, costumes and lighting, to some of the finest dancers, the performance annually features several guest artists. Site for updates and current productions:


In 2008 they included David Bier, who began at Menlo Park Academy of Ballet before continuing at the Pacific Dance Center in Palo Alto under Richard Gibson. Bier continued his training at San Francisco Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy and the School of American Ballet in New York. Performing around the globe, he  joined the San Francisco Opera, and became a tenured member of the Corps de Ballet 1996.

Another featured guest dancer, Julia Ball-Dugan, studied at Sacramento Ballet under the directorship of Barbara Crockett. Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet study and scholarships resulted in a position at American Festival Ballet, dance with Eugene Ballet and Tulsa Ballet Theatre. Graduating with a BA in Economics and an MA in Dance Education from Stanford University, she founded Stanford’s first ballet company. She also opened Academy of American Ballet as the official school of Ballet America in Redwood City, and has directed The Nutcracker for 10 years.

Joining these talents, Christopher Lee, is a founding member of San Francisco-based LEVYdance. He graduated with a BA in Art Practice and Dance from UC Berkeley.  Esther Cardona rounds out the guest list as a freelance dancer in the Bay Area, and a frequent guest artist for the San Francisco Youth Ballet Theatre.

Joining these guest talents are the dedicated, talented and incredibly hard-working students of the Academy of American Ballet. A diverse cast of more than 100 student and professional dancers pull out all stops to present one of the finest productions in the Bay Area.


Some of the recent Nutcracker company talents showcased in the annual presentation have included:Lexi Gilman, Sarah Barnes, Audrey Lehrer, Allyson Blanck, Sarah Persau, Adrienne Lewis, Allegra Mangione, Alex Mei, Claire Wampler, Audrey Spickermann and Alice Qiao.


Where to stay: When visiting Redwood City to see The Nutcracker, we've enjoyed the Sofitel San Francisco Bay for exceptional dining & accommodations.