As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to compromise the health and safety of large gatherings, Ballet Legere, for the first time in 36 years, has come to the painful decision to cancel its annual Holiday production of “The Nutcracker” for the 2020 season.

“We have taken the last few months to look at every conceivable option to deliver this holiday tradition that means so much to so many,” wrote Ballet Legere Artistic Director, Lucia Esposito in a press release, “but with the uncertainty surrounding this moment, and for the health and safety of our dancers, patrons, and staff, we see no foreseeable way to bring everyone together for this shared experience.”

In the months ahead, the company plans to deliver other opportunities to engage audiences virtually, and to keep their loyal community united. “We hope to use this year to raise money and update various aspects of our show” Esposito wrote, “so that when we return in 2021, we can once again give audiences a spectacular holiday tradition, and young dancers a place to shine.”

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