Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local New York children.
Brighton Ballet Theater/School of Russian American Ballet (BBT) was established in 1987 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and developing Russian classical and folk dance traditions in New York City. BBT is situated in the heart of the Russian cultural district of Brooklyn, in the Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach area, where they offer affordable, professional dance instruction and performances on the campus of Kingsborough Community College. More than 400 students from diverse backgrounds attend BBT each year to learn the art of ballet and dance. BBT's well-rounded curriculum is founded on the Vaganova (Russian) Method, a ballet training system not only for correct technique, but also for proper disposition. Students may also pursue classes in character dance, contemporary dance, international folk dance, jazz dance, and more. Under the care and guidance of BBT’s International faculty, who graduated from the best ballet schools and colleges and have performed with the most prestigious ballet companies of Russia, Ukraine, and the USA, student dancers gain the skills they need for life-long health, creativity, self-discipline, personal responsibility and professional success.
Studio E School of Dance was founded in 1969 and was designed to give a complete dance education to both children and adults. From preschool classes designed to teach rudimentary ballet and freer forms of movement to open adult classes that range from yoga and belly dancing to body sculpting and Salsa, there is a place for everyone at Studio E. The highly qualified and committed professional faculty takes pride in offering a complete quality curriculum in all the dance arts and the opportunity to experience the Joy of Dance. The Studio offers classes in basic to advanced ballet, jazz (theater, lyrical, Latin), multi-level tap, hip hop and street styles, contemporary and more.