Today, (December 4, 2017), the Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theatre announce additional casting for the special 15th anniversary production of THE NUTCRACKER, which will come to Keppel Auditorium on Saturday, December 16th at 6.30pm and Sunday, December 17th at 2.30pm.  These dancers have been assembled from around the world by Rebecca and Daniel Wiley, Artistic Directors of Piedmont Dance Theatre.

Rachele Buriassi, a native of Sarzana, Italy, is currently a soloist with Boston Ballet and was previously a soloist at Stuttgart Ballet.  A prizewinner at the Vaganova Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Russia, Buriassi will perform the role of “Sugar Plum Fairy”, taking over from Kathleen Breen Combes who was forced to withdraw due to an injury.

Yury Yanowsky, a principal dancer with Boston Ballet for over two decades, has performed with numerous companies, including Carolos Acosta’s “Premiere’s Plus” and the Festival Ballet Providence.  He has just been contracted as a guest dancer with the Royal Ballet (London, UK) for a production immediately following THE NUTCRACKER, where he will join his sister, Royal Ballet principal Zenaida Yanowsky.  As a choreographer, he has created words for Boston Ballet and The Bundes Jugend Ballet Hamburg.  Yanowsky is currently on the faculty at Harvard University.  He takes on the role of the “Cavalier”.

Samuel Chester, a former principal at Carolina Ballet Theatre, has performed across the globe as a freelance dancer, with companies that include Charlotte Ballet, Hilton Head Dance Theatre, Barrend Dance Centre, Griffin Ballet Theatre and Teresa Carreno Teatro in Caracas, Venezuela.  Chester will be performing the roles of “Snow King”, “Spanish Chocolate” and “Mother Ginger”.

David Greenberg, has performed with Columbia Classical Ballet and then went on to perform with the Charleston Ballet, Hilton Head Dance Theatre, New York Theatre Ballet and American Repertory Ballet. Greenberg will perform “Soldier Doll” and “Russian Trepak”.

Emily Bowen, a former soloist with the Houston Ballet, has performed works with world renowned choreographers including Balanchine, McMillan, McGregor and Duato.  She currently is on the faculty at Piedmont School of Music & Dance and will perform the role of “Grandmother” and “Spanish Chocolate”.

Salisbury Symphony Music Director, David Hagy leads the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra in the only production of THE NUTCRACKER in the entire region that uses a full 49-piece orchestra.

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