Vladimir Issaev's: The Nutcracker
Sunday, December 7, 8:00 p.m.
Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Avenue
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents the return of the classic ballet "The Nutcracker" choreographed and directed by renowned Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center's stage will be filled with snowflakes, sugarplum fairies, beautiful angels and magical characters, bringing back the charm of the Holidays. With a cast of 104 on stage, this spectacular production features the professional dancers of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida performing the principal roles, while local character artists and children and students of the prestigious Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet complete the cast.     

Hispanic Flamenco Ballet FREE
Friday, December 12, 2014
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road
Latin American Carnaval (9:50 a.m. K-12 grade appropriate)
The most spectacular show of its kind! Your students will be whisked away on a whirlwind tour exploring the culture and history of Hispanic countries from the Caribbean, Central and South America. An extravaganza of sight and sound, your students will experience the fusion of Spanish Colonial and Native American traditions reflected in the Mexican Jarabe-Tapatio; the African influence represented in the Colombian Cumbia, exciting Caribbean Salsa and Merengue; the intense Argentinean Tango; the intricate footwork of Malambo; the rhythmic bombos (Drums); the spectacular magic of Boleadores, and many more.
Corazón de España with Flamenco (11:15 a.m. 6-12 grade appropriate)
The rich cultural heritage of Spain inspired this intense display of music and dance. The performance begins with a Zarzuela, a tradition from the King's Court in the 16th century, and La Jota a folkloric dance accompanied by castanets performed in regional costume. The second part consists of the Clasico Español and Tablao Flamenco, including a mix of the musical genres of Bulerias, Solea and Jaleo. The students will then be treated to traditional versions of Sevillanas and Rumba. The latter part of the show is dedicated to the tradition of La Tuna, a group of traveling troubadours playing mandolins and tambourines in the 13th century when the first universities were established.

Miami Beach Children's Series, Part I: Peer Gynt - A Story from Norway and Paper Doll FREE
Sunday, December 14, 3:00 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional Library, 221 - 22nd Street, Miami Beach 33139.
Peer Gynt is a fanciful young man from Norway who has wild adventures and likes to tell tall tales! His travels take him to a sunrise in the desert where he meets and dances with a beautiful Arabian princess, to an enchanted forest where the trees try to trap him, to the Hall of the Mountain King where fierce Trolls threaten him! The story is drawn from Henrich Ibsen’s piquaresque play in blank verse and the music is one of Scandinavian composer Edvard Grieg's most famous compositions. Spectacular costumes by Marilyn Skow complete this exciting adventure in dance! Paper Doll: A paper doll learns to dance by folding her paper arms legs and torso!

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Friday, December 26, 7:00 p.m.
Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Avenue
Bring your whole family to the party at Mayor Stahlbaum's home on Christmas Eve. Join in the fun as magical Uncle Drosselmeyer shares his latest imaginative dolls, the party children dance and more! Kissy Doll shines in her candy-ribbon tutu as she teeters on tippy toes to the delight of all the guests. Harlequinn Doll amazes as he vaults, spins and thrills with his acrobatic moves. And the Moor Dolls astonish all when they appear like magic out of the 5 foot tall Nesting Dolls that Uncle Drosselmeyer whipped up out of thin air.