CORPUS CHRISTI – CC Concert Ballet is bringing some holiday spirit to the South Texas Coast this season. The ballet company, celebrating its grand 40th season, will be performing The Nutcracker for public audiences Nov. 26 and 27 at American Bank Center’s Selena Auditorium, bringing in major guest artists from Colorado, Florida and Costa Rica. Concert Ballet will also appear at several local events throughout the community performing excerpts from the production, including two educational matinees for the students of Corpus Christi and the surrounding five county area.

Concert Ballet was chartered in 1976 as a 501-C3 non-profit organization. For the past 40 years, under the director of Nancy Sulik, this regional company has provided seasons of classical ballet and innovative dance, entertainment, and education for the Coastal Bend of Texas. Artistic Director, Nancy Sulik, founded the ballet company strongly believing in arts education and giving children the opportunity to witness the wonder and beauty of the performing arts. Not only has Concert Ballet continued to produce successful bi-annual productions, but the company has also worked hard to develop several outreach programs including Encore, Dance and Rhythm Training (DART), Artist in Residency (AIR), Pique Shows, and Student Performing Arts Series (SPAS) for the students of Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas.

Kicking off the Christmas season, this year’s production of holiday classic, The Nutcracker, will take place Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. Educational Matinees will take place Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Concert Ballet invites Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas to enjoy a dazzling performance showcasing internationally recognized guest artists and a full cast of over 100 regional dancers, actors, and area children in this enchanting holiday production! Witness the lively party scene, the exciting battle between the mice and soldiers, and Clara’s fantastic journey to the Kingdom of the Sweets with her handsome Nutcracker Prince. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, and range from $20 to $35. Seniors, military, and students with a proper ID can also purchase $10 tickets for the Sunday matinee.

Concert Ballet will also perform excerpts from the production throughout events in the community including McDonald Library’s Children’s Christmas Event, The Art Center’s Thanksgiving Eve Party, San Diego Library’s Christmas Event, as well as perform for the residents of Trinity Towers and Ronald McDonald House.

Joining the local cast this year are guest artists, Katia Garza and Israel Rodriguez, of Orlando, Florida. These internationally known ballet dancers will perform the roles of Snow Queen and King, as well as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Concert Ballet has also invited international guest artists, Tyronne Guardado Vargas and Carlos Ramirez Cabezas, of Costa Rica’s contemporary dance company, Danza Universitaria, to perform the roles of Spanish Chocolate, Russian Trepak, and Cavaliers in Waltz of the Flowers. Also returning this year is Keegan O’Brien, a current company member of Ballet Ariel of Denver, Colorado, performing the male role in Arabian Coffee. O’Brien just recently appeared on American Ninja Warrior, showcasing the correlation between ballet and fitness. Master choreographer, Thom Clower, has once again returned to Corpus Christi to choreograph this year’s production of The Nutcracker.

“It is a great honor to have worked with Nancy Sulik and the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet for as long as I have. This is the 10th year that I have staged The Nutcracker for the company, in addition to ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Firebird’, and many other concert works," Clower said. "Their dedication to the community at large and to the education of the next generation is unparalleled in youth arts organizations anywhere! I celebrate the 40th anniversary along with the company, and we invite the public to come and see our production of The Nutcracker. Come back and continue the celebration at the Gala in March 2017!”