The retirement of Founding Director Beth Marks led Artistic Directors Dulce Anaya, Debra Rankin and Mark Spivak on a search for new choreographers to help continue this wonderful holiday tradition which began in 1992.view >>
Performing annually since 1992, Community Nutcracker has evolved into a treasured holiday tradition in Northeast Florida. Over 200 local performers are involved to produce an artistic masterpiece that embodies the act of giving during the holidays, while bringing the community together in a whimsical, imaginative Christmas celebration of elegant dance and storytelling.
Bringing various performers together to produced the Nutcracker Ballet is only a part of Community Nutcracker's focus. The philanthropic focus of the Community Nutcracker simply put, is to spread Christmas cheer to all corners of our community, including those who may not have the opportunity to enjoy a full length ballet.
For our Community Service Night performance, approximately 1900 free tickets are issued to various Jacksonville agencies, organizations, non profits and nursing homes to attend a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. Additionally, each year, proceeds from the production are donated to other local nonprofits, with over $600,000.00 donated to date.
Become part of the magic and support the arts and local talent of Northeast Florida, who express their love for performance by sharing it with others. By attending the performance, you’ll discover that the power of the Nutcracker isn’t just a fairytale of love, loyalty and courage. The dedication and hard work of the company shines brightly on stage, bonding the community during the holidays to give to those that need holiday cheer the most.