Next Generation Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Next Generation Ballet presents The Nutcracker

The holiday tradition continues! The Straz Center and Next Generation Ballet present The Nutcracker, complete with stunning sets and marvelous costumes. Enjoy featured performances by guest artists from Boston Ballet alongside more than 100 dancers from the Next Generation Ballet and specialty performers.

“There is more authenticity in every detail than you’re likely to be able to absorb in one sitting … A production like this doesn’t come cheap — But it took Stark’s talented and well-rehearsed dancers, his clever choreography, and just the right amount of innovation, to make this Nutcracker a standout among the many.” (Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune).

Dec. 7 - 8, 2013 Carol Morsani Hall
  • Tickets from $20.50-$65.50.

    Ticket prices are subject to change without notice and will increase based on demand.


Show Dates & Times

Sat., Dec. 7, 2 and 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 8, 2 p.m.

Educator's Discount: 50% off all performances. Limited to two tickets. Excludes Price Level 1. Must present valid I.D.



What to Expect

Lia Cirio (Principal with Boston Ballet) is the Sugar Plum
Jeffrey Cirio (Principal with Boston Ballet) is the Sugar Plum Cavalier*

*select performances

LIA CIRIO (Principal dancer) with Boston Ballet will be dancing the role of Sugar Plum. Cirio began her training at Swarthmore Ballet Theatre and went on to train at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover, where she studied privately with Theresa Crawford and Rafael Grigorian. In 2004 she joined Boston Ballet II and that same year she was promoted to Boston Ballet's corps de ballet, to second soloist in 2006, and to soloist in 2007. From 2008-2009, Cirio toured with Trey McIntyre Project. She returned to Boston Ballet for the 2009-2010 season and was named principal dancer in 2010. Cirio was named in Dance Magazine’s first “On the Rise” feature article, and has been featured in additional articles in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, and on the cover of Pointe

JEFFREY CIRIO (Principal dancer) with Boston Ballet will be dancing the role of Sugar Plum Cavalier. Cirio began his ballet training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary, where he studied privately with Laszlo Berdo. Cirio became a trainee with Boston Ballet School, and he joined Boston Ballet II for the 2007-2008 season. Cirio continued his training in Orlando with Peter Stark and Olivier Munoz. Mr. Stark coached Cirio to five international medal wins including the “grand prix” at the New York finals of Youth America Grand Prix. Cirio joined Boston Ballet in 2009 and was awarded the coveted Princess Grace Fellowship for 2009. He was promoted to second soloist in 2010, soloist in 2011 and principal in 2012. He has been awarded the “top 10” performances of the year in Dance Magazine amongst many other honors.

Run-time: 2 hours including 20-minute intermission