For the past 32 years, the dancers of The Florida ballet have joined world recognized guest dancers to delight Jacksonville with one of the most memorable holiday classics, The Nutcracker. Nocatee residents can receive half-off tickets for this event, hosted at the University of North Florida’s Lazarra Theater.
There are four shows to choose from: Sat., Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Florida Ballet at Jacksonville, Inc. (d/b/a The Florida Ballet) was founded in 1978 by Laurie Picinich-Byrd and Michael F. Byrd. Today, the Florida Ballet is housed at 300 East State in downtown Jacksonville. The facility encompasses three large sprung-floor studios, dressing rooms, professional sound system, and offices for staff. Staff members include Artistic Director, Administrative Director, Development Director, and 8 full and part-time professional teachers with over 25 years’ experience in dance education. Many of the faculty are also certified in ABT® curriculum. The Florida Ballet is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business and civic leaders from across the northeast Florida area and is IRS registered 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Florida.