The Nutcracker - December 19-20th
Collierville Ballet presents the full-length Nutcracker with Guest Artists Holly Lynn Fusco and Craig Wasserman of the Pennsylvania Ballet
Holly Lynn Fusco
Holly Lynn Fusco, a native of West Bloomfield, MI, began studying dance at age seven. During her training, she appeared as a guest performer with American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake and with Ballet Internationale in The Nutcracker. Ms. Fusco attended numerous summer programs on full scholarship including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, The Harid Conservatory, Miami City Ballet, and Suzanne Farrell's Cedar Island Program. She was also a 2002 Youth American Grand Prix Regional Finalist.
Ms. Fusco continued her professional ballet training with Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella with Nancy Raffa, Truman Finney, Carter Alexander, and Geta Constantinescu. After performing with the company as a student for three seasons, Ms. Fusco was offered a student apprenticeship with the company in 2006. While with Miami City Ballet, Ms. Fusco performed in many ballets including George Balanchine's Symphony in C, Serenade, Symphony in Three Movements, and Western Symphony; Twyla Tharp's Push Comes to Shove; and Villella's Don Quixote.
In 2007, Ms. Fusco joined Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in 2009. She has performed leading roles in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Requiem for a Rose (Rose Girl), William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Jiří Kylián's Forgotten Land (Grey Couple), Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake (Pas de Trois) and After the Rain, Matthew Neenan's Carmina Burana (Red Ladies), and George Balanchine's Agon (First Pas de Trois), Emeralds (Pas de Trois), George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (Dewdrop), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lead Butterfly). Ms. Fusco also has been featured in William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, Marius Petipa's Giselle (Zulma), John Cranko's Romeo & Juliet (Clowns), Agnes de Mille's Rodeo (Kansas City Girl), Jiří Kylián’s Petit Mort, Hans van Manen's Five Tangos, and Balanchine's The Four Temperaments (Melancholic), Raymonda Variations (Variation I), Serenade (Russian Girls), and George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (Lead Marzipan) and has danced in Jerome Robbins' In G Major and The Concert, and in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante.
Craig Wasserman received his ballet training at The School of American Ballet on scholarship and at summer intensives at New York State Summer School of the Arts, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Boston Ballet. While at SAB, Mr. Wasserman appeared in New York City Ballet’s productions of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Swan Lake, and Romeo + Juliet, as well as various lectures/demonstrations that included selections from The Four Temperaments, Sleeping Beauty, and Stars and Stripes. In SAB’s annual workshop performances, Mr. Wasserman performed featured roles in Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Allegro Brillante and Peter Martins’ Le Gentilhommes and Les Petits Riens.
Mr. Wasserman performed in original works by Silas Farley and Dustin True in The School of American Ballet’s Choreography Workshop, for which he was also a choreographer in 2011. He has worked with Robert Binet, Yuri Smekalov, and Justin Peck on their original works at the New York Choreographic Institute. As a guest artist, he has performed principal roles with the Sandonato School of Ballet and the East Alabama Ballet School. He joined Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice for the 2012-2013 Season and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet for the 2014-2015 Season. He has performed several works with the Company, including Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake and Polyphonia, Balanchine’s Square Dance, Allegro Brillante, The Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Emeralds from Jewels (Pas de Trois), and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (Candy Cane), Jerome Robbins' The Concert, Alexei Ratmansky's Jeu de Cartes, Matthew Neenan's Shift to Minor, Nicolo Fonte's Grace Action, plus John Butler’s Carmina Burana and a featured role in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land (Pink Couple).
About the Collierville Ballet Company -
The Collierville Ballet provides educational and artistic enrichment to the families of Collierville, TN and the surrounding communities through its arts and humanities programming initiatives and partnerships. The Collierville Ballet company is comprised of local dance artists supplemented by an array of national and international professional dancers committed to presenting our local and regional audiences with an entertaining season of dance.
Collierville Ballet performances are designed for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Our performances make wonderful outings for families, schools, faith/civic organizations, seniors, and all patrons of the arts. Share in our excitement as we seek to preserve and promote the art of classical dance through our educational outreach programs and performance opportunities.
We invite you to discover the beauty of classical dance with the talented artisits during our 2015 - 2016 season.
2015 - 2016 Season Performances
BalletFest (Atlanta, GA)
Cinderella's Tea Party
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Collierville Ballet is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.