Schaumburg Dance Ensemble celebrates 25 years of ‘The Nutcracker’



Featuring professional dancers and a cast of over 100 local student and adult artists, the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s production of “The Nutcracker” brings to life a fantastical world of dancing snowflakes, leaping Russians and fighting mice, enhanced by dazzling costumes, breathtaking choreography and live storytelling.

The 2019 run holds special significance for the dance company, marking its 25th anniversary of the production of the holiday ballet. Over the years, the production has become a treasured holiday tradition for audiences and actors; some of the professional dancers have performed with the company since their childhood.

“One of our professionals, Amanda Hickey, quickly went from being a party girl to Clara, and now, in perhaps the most anticipated moment of the ballet, she’s appearing as the plum fairy,” says Michele Leslie. Holzman, who has directed the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble since its inception in 1995.

“Watching the dancers learn and grow with the production has been one of the most rewarding aspects of directing.”

“The Nutcracker” is directed by Alberto Arias, Michele Leslie Holzman and Lisa Sheppard.

Tickets for the show, which runs until December 15, range between $ 17 and $ 30 and can be ordered at or by calling (847) 895-3600.

All performances will take place at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. The Prairie Center is owned and operated by the village of Schaumburg.

“The Nutcracker” is sponsored by the Prairie Center Arts Foundation.

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