SF Ballet Dancers Headline as Featured Nutcracker Guest Artists

San Jose, CA — November 30, 2016. San José Dance Theatre has announced the talented professional guest artists leading the 51st annual Nutcracker starting this week, December 2-4 and continuing December 9-11 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

Principal dancers include Sasha de Sola and Max Cauthorn from San Francisco Ballet, and Samantha Bell formerly of State Street Ballet and Rudy Candia formerly of Silicon Valley Ballet. Ms. de Sola and Mr. Cauthorn will lead the cast as the Sugar Plum Fairysashadesola-sugar-tutu and her Cavalier opening weekend, appearing in matinee and evening performances, December 2-4. Ms. Bell and Mr. Candia will take the stage as Sugar Plum and Cavalier in matinee and evening performances, December 9-11th. The production features a symphony orchestra conducted by Scott Krijnen and members of The Cambrian Symphony.

Ms. de Sola studied at the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington, DC and has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet since 2006, a soloist since 2012. She has appeared in featured roles in works by Balanchine, Fokine, Kudelka, Morris, Possokhov, Robbins and Tomasson. Mr. Cauthon has danced with San Francisco Ballet since 2014 and recently appeared in the Great American Dance film, “Lincoln Center at the Movies.”

Ms. Bell is a former Soloist with State Street Ballet and trained at the respected Anaheim Ballet where she became a company member. 14498968_1685589861753165_4896972263217168384_nShe received third place at the Youth American Grand Prix, appeared in the NYC finals for three years, and she has performed at the MTV Music Awards. Mr. Candia is a former soloist with the Silicon Valley Ballet. He first attended the renowned Cuban National Ballet School and later the Uruguayan National Ballet School. He joined the Carolina Ballet in 2001 and Ballet San Jose of Silicon Valley in 2005 as a soloist.

Additional guest artists for this year’s performances include Nathan Cottam and Walter Gutierrez Garcia alternating in the roles of Snow King and Arabian Prince. With his company, Mannakin Theater, Nathan has choreographed new works and made several tours of Southeastern Europe. Mr. Gutierrez is formerly of Silicon Valley Ballet and the National Ballet of Cuba. In addition to dancing leading roles in Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Giselle and Tarantella, Walter was the recipient of the silver medal in the World Ballet Competition and a bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Havana.

Our leading dancers have performed featured roles by the great classical and modern choreographers: Balanchine, Fokine, Kudelka, Morris, Possokhov, Robbins, Tomasson and more. Among their individual accomplishments they have appeared in dance films, performed in MTV Awards presentations, started their own dance companies and trained with distinguished teachers, locally and internationally.

Linda Hurkmans has held the position of artistic director at San José Dance Theatre since 2014. Ms. Hurkmans is a San José Dance Theatre alumna and former professional dancer with Utah Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet.

The Nutcracker is an enchanting ballet in which young Clara Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical, Candy Kingdom.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.sjnutcracker.com or by phone 408-286-9905.

About San José Dance Theatre

For more than 60 years, San José Dance Theatre has trained beginning through advanced dancers for a lifetime of participation in and appreciation of the art of classical ballet. Originally founded in 1954 as Paul E. Curtis Jr.’s Los Gatos Academy of Dance and West Valley Foundation, the organization has delighted local audiences with a variety of performances including Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. 2016 marks the 51st annual production of “The Nutcracker”, making it the second longest running production of the holiday classic in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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