New choreography, vocals in CIDE’s ‘Nutcracker’

A dancer performs the song “Arabian Coffee” from a performance of “The Nutcracker” by CIDE in 2005. (Submitted photo)

A dancer performs the song “Arabian Coffee” from a performance of “The Nutcracker” by CIDE in 2005.
(Submitted photo)

The Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, a pre-professional dance ensemble and resident company of The Center for the Performing Arts, will present its upcoming performance of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 12 through 14. This is CIDE’s first full-length ballet of its 2014-2015 15th anniversary season.

“In addition to it being CIDE’s 15-year anniversary, they are including some new choreography as well as welcoming the live vocal accompaniment from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir,” stated media relations director for CIDE Angie Barnes.

As CIDE celebrates its 15th anniversary, CIDE’s Artistic Director Suzann DeLay said this year’s performances will include new dances, returning guest artist Jakob Pringle from Ballet West, and vocal performances by local youth.

“The Nutcracker is a holiday classic and this year we are looking forward to incorporating some new choreography and again welcoming guest performers from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir,” said DeLay. “The live vocals arrangements really make our performance of the holiday classic unique. It is reminiscent of the days when orchestras used to perform at the ballet; it brings a magical element to the already beautiful ballet.”

Another special that CIDE offers with each performance is the Sugar Plum Fairy Dessert Party prior to each Nutcracker matinee performance at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for children 18 and younger. Sugar Plum Fairy Dessert Party tickets are an additional $10. The performances will be at the Zionsville Center for Performing Arts, 1000 Mulberry St. For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 844-7453.

Performance Dates & Times:

Dec. 12 – 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 – 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14 – 2 p.m.

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