Alamo City Performing Arts Association

presents

THE  NUTCRACKER

featuring

The Alamo City Dance Company

with guest stars

Jennifer Goodman and Ikolo Griffin

formerly pricipals of Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet

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2017 Nutcracker Performances:

December 16th, 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm

December 17th, 2:00 pm

Performance runs 2 hours including intermission.  Merchandise and refreshments are available in the lobby.

CAST LIST

GUEST STARS

performing in our 25th annual

Nutcracker Ballet

JENNIFER GOODMAN

Jennifer Goodman was born in Romeo, Michigan and received her training in the Detroit area under the direction of Mary Kashinsky, Mary Geiger, and Cornelia Sampson. After graduating from high school she attended the Joffrey summer program on scholarship in NYC and was then asked to join The Joffrey II dancers under the direction of Jeremy Blanton and Gage Bush. After a year with Joffrey II she was asked to join The Joffrey Ballet with former director Gerald Arpino. Jennifer moved to Chicago with the company and continued her career there for 16 years. With The Joffrey, Jennifer has toured internationally with the world renowned rock-ballet Billboards and appeared in Robert Altman’s The Company. Jennifer has performed an extensive repertoire including ballets by Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Leonard Massine, Agnes de Mille, Nijinsky, Vicente Nebrada, Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, John Cranko, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, and had a role created for her by Donald Byrd. She has performed numerous roles in Robert Joffrey’s Nutcracker including Clara and The Sugar Plum Fairy and has danced soloist roles in Giselle, Cinderella, The Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. Jennifer left the Joffrey in 2009 to dance freelance and has so far danced with The Metropolitan Opera in Aida, Carmen, & Capriccio; Ballet X; Avi Scher & Dancers; and Ballet NY.

IKOLO GRIFFIN

Ikolo Griffin was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He received his first ballet training as a scholarship student with San Francisco Ballet School’s outreach program. He is the first and only outreach student to graduate the school and continue into the San Francisco Ballet company. After seven years with SFB, Ikolo joined Dance Theatre of Harlem as a soloist and was later promoted to principal. He danced principal roles for two seasons at the Joffrey Ballet before returning home to San Francisco as a member of Smuin Ballet. Currently, Ikolo works as a resident corps dancer for the San Francisco Opera and freelances for Oakland Ballet, as well as companies and schools around the world.

Throughout his career as a dancer, Ikolo always made time to participate in outreach programs. One of his missions in outreach is to generate awareness for people of mixed heritage like himself. He and his business partner Nathalie-Andree Muzac created Living Bridges, a mixed heritage awareness organization built on promoting diversity and understanding through lectures, classes, and performances.

As a seasoned artist, Ikolo is now transitioning into his role as teacher, coach, and mentor. His philosophy emphasizes a positive, healthy artistic environment and a fresh approach to classicism. Ikolo’s unique teaching style and talents as a dancer led him to create the Just Turns Workshop, a curriculum specially designed to target and improve turning technique. The workshop can be tailored to dancers of all levels and styles, from individuals to schools, summer programs, and professional settings.

Miranda Colley is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, having recieved a BFA in Dance. While at Sam Houston she has perfomed in many faculty and student works ranging from classical and contemporary ballet to theatrical tap and modern and has also had the opporutnity to work with guest chorereographers, most recently Maurice Causey in creating  a new work titled Import/Export.  Previously she trained with Scott Conway, Roxanna Pena and Buddy and Susan Trevino at the San Antonio School for the Performing Arts and Trinette Singleton, Diane Orio and Willy Shives at the Joffrey Workshop of Texas,.  She is a former member of the San Antonio’s Alamo City Danc Company  with which she performed in contemporary works such as Suite Sinatra and The Tango Project as well as classical works such as Paquita, Pas de Quatre and The Nutcrakcer.   During 2015 she performed in the Dance Gallery Festival in New York City.  After attending Dance Italia, a summer dance intensive in Tuscany, she would love to live and dance in Europe.  Harbori  ng a love for academics as well as the arts, she is also pursuing a minor in Criminal Justice and writing an undergraduate honors thesis on the Juvenilte Justice System and the complexities of the developing teenage brain.  She plans to attend law schoool with the intention of becoming an attorney after her  time in the professional dance world pursing her passion.

Roxanna Pena is a pricipal teacher at the San Antonio School for the Performing Arts. She has been a member of the Alamo City Dance Company since 1998.  Roxanna’s featured roles included Dying Swan  in Carnaval Des Animaux, Bluebird in Le petit Ballet, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s dream, Sugarplum Fiary, Snow Queen, Spanish, Arabian in The Nutcracker, Olvier the Butterfly, Spanish Rose and Spirit in Lepidoptera, Paguita, The Tango Project, Les Patineurs, Gaite’ Parisienne, Les Sylphindes.   She is also a performer with Duende de Mi Alma.

Matthew Morley is a resident company dancer with Arkansas Festival Ballet.  He has received his training through Arkansas Academy of Dance with Melinda Tobian and Rebecca Stalcup.  He has received full tuition and artist privileges with The Joffrey Ballet and has recently performed at the International Ballet Competition as part of the Southwest Regional Dance America Intergrated work.  Matthew has performed leading roles in Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin,  Pinocchio, The Nutcracker and Snow White.  As a guest dancer throughout the Southwest Region, Mr. Morley has had the opporutunity to dance the choreography of Paul Mejia, Thom Clower as well as Susan and Buddy Trevino.  His regional repertoire includes Cinderella, A Misummer Night’s Dream, Gaite Parisienne and Les Patineurs.

Cody Miley was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a proudu native of the state.  He moved to Mont Belivieu, Texas when he was thirteen and while in high school he realized he wanted to be a perfomer.  After graduating from Barbers Hill High School he went to McLennan Community college in Waco.  It was there he discovered and fell in love with dance.  He trasferred to Sam Houston State University and was in multiple dance concerts.  Cody made his debut at Sam Houston in the Spring of 2013 in the Spectrum concert where he was in a piece choregoraphed by Dana Nicolay entitiled, Shaving the Stone.  While at Sam Houston, he has had the opporutnity to perform as  a dancer with Bayou City performing Arts Choir and the Gay Men’s chorus of Houston in two of their season’s productions, at Cullen Theatre as well as Miller Outdoor Theatre.  He recieved his BFA in Acting and Directing and is pursuing  a career in performance.

The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman

The Alamo City Dance Company’s original full length production of The Nutcracker in 1991 started with 50 dancers performing all of the parts.

Through the years the Company has had the opportunity to perform with professional artists including Cornel Crabtree and Jenna Lavin of New York City Ballet, Carolina Capdevila of Compania Nacional de Mexico and Stephanie Murrish & Daniil Giafullin of the Bolshoi Ballet and most recently Jennifer Goodman, Luke Joiner, Maia Wilkins, Michael Levine, Season De Angelis and Mauro Villanueva of the Joffrey Ballet Chicago.

The Alamo City Dance Company’s production of The Nutcracker, now in its 25th year and the longest running Nutcracker in San Antonio, boasts approximately 100 dancers in 160 roles danced by San Antonians with the exception of the guest artists.

This years production features ballerina Jennifer Goodman and Luke Joiner of the Joffrey Ballet, Miranda Colley and Cody Miley, Matthew Morley, and Roxanna Pena of the Alamo City Dance Company.

Alamo City Dance Co’s The Nutcracker is an annually changing production of costumes, scenic elements and choreography. This Performance of The Nutcracker is a San Antonio favorite, it is a wonderful ballet for the entire family.

Don’t miss The Nutcracker a holiday classic of a young girl named Clara who is given a gift the Nutcracker and later that evening dreams of encounters with mice and soldiers in a battle. Her Nutcracker turns into a Prince to save the day but it is she who saves him instead. He thanks her with a fantastic journey through the Kingdom of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.