Kingsport Ballet brings 'The Nutcracker' to the stage

December 9–11, 2022 @ Wellmont Performing Arts Center

Kingsport Ballet’s Nutcracker returns to the stage a bit earlier than usual this holiday season,Dec. 9-11, at Wellmont Performing Arts Center, with Leonid Flegmatov as artistic director and performer of the charismatic character, Herr Drosselmeyer.

Flegmatov is a former principal dancer with New Jersey Ballet and a graduate of the famed Bolshoi Academy of Ballet. He danced internationally with the Moscow Ballet prior to moving to the United States. He has danced as a principal dancer in the U.S. for 17 years with such companies as Columbia Classical Ballet, Miami City Balletand Grand Rapids Ballet, before his 10-year tenure with New Jersey. He has been teaching and performing with Kingsport Ballet since 2019 and guest taught and performed with the company on numerous occasions before then.

Principal dancer Sergii Sydorskionce again joins the cast as the Nutcracker Prince and partners Kingsport Ballet company dancers Anna Stephenson and Bess Ramey. They areKingsport Ballet students and company members for 12 years and are now members of the senior company. The cast is made up of young dancers from around the region.

The company once again hosts Clara’s Tea Party. Children dress up in their holiday finest for holiday tea and goodies, they meet and are photographed with some of the cast members in costume and take home a special Nutcracker souvenir. Tickets to the tea are $12. Tickets are for sale through Kingsport Ballet's websiteor by calling 423-378-3967.

Category: Dance