BalletForte Presents 22nd Annual The Nutcracker

Chloe Roberts as Clara.

Pre-professional ballet company BalletForte presents its annual full-length Nutcracker ballet at the Stafford Centre December 8th through 10th, featuring a cast of more than 100 dancers from the local area. It’s the perfect family outing during the holiday season with tickets starting at just $12 and ample free parking at the Stafford Centre.

Performances of The Nutcracker will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 8th; 2 and 7:30 pm on Saturday, December 9th and 2 pm on Sunday, December 10th. Tickets are available at The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road, Stafford.

Directed by Michael Banigan and Dianne Jarrell, BalletForte provides a training ground and pro-fessional quality performance opportunities for serious dancers from the Houston area. Ballet-Forte Company members audition for and are accepted to attend summer programs offered by professional ballet companies nationwide.

In addition to the public performances, the Company offers two performances for students from Title 1 schools in the area during the school day on Friday, December 8th.

The BalletForte Guild also presents its annual Clara’s Tea from 3 to 5 pm on December 3rd at Safari Texas in Sugar Land, featuring “The Nutcracker in a Nutshell,” refreshments, a meet-and-greet with members of the cast, a silent auction and boutique. Tickets are $30 per person for the tea and must be purchased in advance.

BalletForte is a nonprofit organization and all donations to the organization are tax-deductible. For more information or to buy tickets, call 281-799-7554 or visit