Take a Flying Leap into the Holiday Season with The Nutcracker at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
This year marks a quarter century that The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet will bring to life Tchaikovsky's Christmas season classic at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.  Don't miss a chance to experience one of Tchaikovsky's best-known works, which has become  a holiday show tradition for families around the world.  There will be featured professional soloists and many of the region's best dancers.

FOR ONE OF THE BEST HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTOS EVER...audience members are invited to have pictures taken with the cast after the Saturday Performances!

3 Days - 5 Shows
90 minutes, with intermission -- recommended for ages four and up
· Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:30 pm
· Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:00 am
· Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:00 pm
· Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:30 pm
· Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:30 pm

Ticket Prices
Orchestra: $22 -- Balcony: $18 -- Lower Sides: $15 -- Side Balcony: $10
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About the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet and its Founders, Margarita and John White

Academy founders, Margarita and John White, met as members of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba where they performed internationally as Principal and Soloist dancers. They began their teaching careers after learning the Vaganova teaching method from Soviet ballet masters and opened the Academy in 1974.  Many of their graduates are dancing professionally in ballet companies throughout the world, and several have won high honors in international and national competitions.

But their professional story is entwined with a deeply personal one that involved life-changing decisions, international hostilities, and a generation of family separation.  

In just the past year, we entered a new era in US-Cuba relations...but Margarita White's story began long before normalization was ever contemplated.

MIRROR DANCE is a PBS film made in 2004 which focused on four years in the lives of two Cuban-born identical twins, Margarita and Ramona, who became estranged when one moved to the United States and the other remained in Cuba.

As a young girl in Havana, Margarita flourished in the state-supported dance system, rising from corps de ballet to prima ballerina. She married John White, an American recruited as Principal Soloist, while Ramona married Santiago Bello, a close associate of Castro.

In 1964, Margarita, her husband John and their infant son made the painful decision to emigrate to the US, leaving behind their careers and family.

Ramona remained in Cuba, a self-described "revolutionary woman."  Believing her twin to be a traitor, Ramona refused any contact.  Shot in both countries, the film chronicles their lives at a time when US-Cuba relations were hostile.  To find out what happened in the ensuing years, read more at  PBS Film Mirror Mirror

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