Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Savannah children from The Ballet School. The Ballet School (TBS) specializes in Classical Ballet and Traditional Character Dance. Founder and Artistic Director Heidi M. Carter and the faculty are dedicated to the art of Ballet and find great joy in watching students flourish in talent and self-esteem. The Ballet School's main goal is to bring a professional quality of dance to all students. TBS offers the largest Adult and Boys Programs in the area! Classes include Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Progressing Ballet Technique U.S. and Pilates Barre Fusion. A native of Savannah, Heidi began her classical training with Ruth Goodman's Danse Theatre of Savannah in 1964. She was accepted in The Savannah Ballet Guild at eleven years old and continued her studies under Hilda de la Guardia from Ballet Nacional de Cuba. In 1979, Heidi opened The Ballet School while continuing to teach and perform with the Savannah Ballet. Heidi studied and performed with artists from NYC Ballet and ABT, including Peter Martins, Suzanne Farrell, Heather Watts, Kathleen Haigney, Kim Hightower, Daniel Duell, Peter Frame and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She also studied with David Howard, Robert Weiss, Edward Villella, John-Pierre Bonnefaus, Karena Brock, Robert Joffrey, Hector Zaraspe and Robert Barnett. The reopening of The Ballet School took place November 2009 with 35 students and has flourished with over 300 dancers to become one of the most respected and sought after schools in the region.