Today: Dec 13 , 2019

The Nutcracker Ballet
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13 November 2019   Laura Winniford

Making a difference in the lives of youth.

Prescott, Arizona, –– The James Family Prescott YMCA is putting on its Annual Nutcracker Ballet including a variety of scene renditions.

This year we will have a few scenes from The Nutcracker Ballet performed at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E Goodwin St, at 10:30am, Saturday, December 14. The main performance will be held at Prescott High School’s Ruth Street Theater, 1050 Ruth Stat 7:00pm, Friday, December 20th and 4:00pm on Saturday, December 21st.

There is no cost for the library performance and tickets go on sale November 15th for the Ruth Street performance. Advance tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for youth 3-9 and free for children 2 and under. Tickets at the door are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for youth 3-9 and free for children 2 and under.

The YMCA is the only organization in Prescott to put on “The Nutcracker” in any form and this year we will have more pieces in the show that weren’t included last year. 

“Did you know? Most people usually do not associate ballet with athletes, but ballet dancers are considered by many to be the best athletes in the world. Ballet helps develop speed, balance strength, stamina, flexibility, lateral movements and mental focus,” said Kim Beaird, YMCA Dance Coordinator. “The kids have really worked hard and are ready to perform for you!” “Our dance department has been putting on The Nutcracker Ballet since 2011.”

The Ballet Artistic Director for The Nutcracker is Myrta George aka Mrs. G. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ballet teacher Myrta George started her dance training at age 5. After graduating from high school, she auditioned and was accepted at the prestigious School of American Ballet, the school for the New York City Ballet. Myrta’s first professional appearance, while still a student at the School of American Ballet, was with the Corps de Ballet at Radio City Music Hall. During her professional career, she danced with ballet companies in Puerto Rico, New York and London. Mrs. G is currently teaching the Intermediate and Advanced Ballet classes as well as the Pointe and Paa de Deux (Partnering).

For more information about the Nutcracker Ballet or any other dance programs, visit http://www.prescottymca.org or call Kim Beaird, Dance Coordinator, at 928-445-7221 ext 230 or kim.beaird@prescottymca.org.

About James Family Prescott YMCA 

The James Family Prescott YMCA is a community within a community serving our diverse population in the quad-city area. As a leading nonprofit organization, the YMCA exists to strengthen the foundation of the community. The YMCA serves local communities in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey/Humboldt; offering over 60 health, wellness and community programs within the four-building facility.  

The YMCA is dedicated to providing affordable programs and services to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. Thanks to the generous support of those who donate to the Y’s Annual Campaign and other fundraising events, financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full fee and qualify for assistance. 

The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. For more information visit www.prescottymca.org.  

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net