See ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Power Center in Ann Arbor Dec. 21, 22

Performance is Randazzo Dance Company’s 51st annual holiday show

The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker. (Credit: Randazzo Dance Company)

ANN ARBORRandazzo Dance Company -- formerly the Ypsilanti Area Dancers -- will be performing the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at University of Michigan’s Power Center on Dec. 21 and 22.

Featuring more than 100 dancers, the event marks the dance company’s 51st annual holiday show. Guest dancers include Michael Ryan and Maria Alvarez from Boston Ballet. Mime and actor Michael Lee will be back in his role as Drosselmeyer.

This will be the first time the dance company will be performing the show at the venue.

“We are excited to begin the second half of our first century as a dance company at the Power Center, ” co-artistic director Sara Randazzo said in a statement.

Show times:

  • Saturday, Dec. 21: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 22: 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $10 to $25 and special group rates are available.

To purchase tickets, click here.

About Randazzo Dance Company

Ypsilanti Area Dancers was founded in 1969 by Marjorie Randazzo, Ruth Deake, Suzanne Buck and Madge Davidson. In 2013 the company changed its name to Randazzo Dance Company, continuing under the artistic direction of Sara Randazzo and Roya Panahi. Randazzo Dance Company, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to providing young local dancers the opportunity to perform while encouraging appreciation for the fine arts and cultural pride in the community.

Randazzo Dance Company has provided hundreds of dance scholarships to local youth for summer intensive dance programs, and offers master classes and performance opportunities for local dancers. Many former members have continued their careers professionally with companies such as National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Austin, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Tucson, and have performed in numerous shows on Broadway. For more information, please visit www.randazzodancecompany.com.

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