Nutcracker Ballet will be performed this weekend

The Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre will present its 27th Annual Nutcracker Ballet on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., as well as the traditional showtimes on Saturday, Dec. 2, (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 3, (2 p.m. only) at the Wicomico High School Auditorium.

Tickets are available at and also Dance Wear Etc, the SWAC Office and the Bank of Delmarva.

A beloved holiday classic, the “Nutcracker” has become a Christmas tradition for adults and children of all ages.

Founded in 1991, Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre is a nonprofit ballet company that has gained statewide recognition for its excellent full length Nutcracker. Students of ESBT are highly trained in the Russian Style of ballet by artistic director Elena Manakhova-Amy.

Guest professional artists Rie Aoki and Andrew Matte of First State Ballet Theatre will dance the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Professional artist Alexander Bojko will return to

dance the role of the Snow Prince.

Membership in ESBT is open to all dancers from the Eastern Shore who previously studied and who continue to study ballet. Auditions for placement are held on a yearly basis in September. Located in Fruitland, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Salisbury Dance Academy is home to the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre.

Upon graduation, most dancers are able to continue their education through their acceptance into top collegiate dance programs and schools throughout the country.

Many have also furthered their careers by becoming professional dancers in well-known dance companies, as well as choreographers and teachers. One of our alumni, Da’Von Doane is currently dancing with the prestigious Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Productions are supported by generous donations from our community, as well as grants from the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Betty Webster is Founder and President of the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre. Involved in dance on the Eastern Shore for almost five decades, she has helped thousands of children experience classical ballet and be enriched by the arts.

Elena Manakhova-Amy is Artistic Director of Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre. Born in Russia, she was accepted at the world-famous Kirov Ballet School and the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg at age 9. After graduation in 1987, she became a principal dancer with several companies, first in Europe and then here in America.

Also in 1987, she received the Medal of Honor at the Ukrainian International Ballet Competition. Her most recent appearances as principal dancer were with the Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware.

Having studied and worked with world-famous choreographers, Manakhova-Amy is well-prepared for her role as artistic director of ESBT.


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