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Bellevue's very own Nutcracker ballet | No need to venture across the water for this holiday tradition

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Ballet Bellevue's 'Nutcracker' is coming Dec. 18 and 19 at Bellevue’s Sammamish Performing Arts Center.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Ballet Bellevue

Kabby Mitchell III directs Ballet Bellevue dancers in the Eastside's very own "Nutcracker," complete with live orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s thrilling score conducted by Barney Blough. Mitchell, former Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) soloist and the first African American to dance for the company, has been honored for his contributions as a renowned teacher, performer and choreographer in both dance and diversity whose work has formerly been seen in "Black Nativity" in Seattle. He has danced with some of the most prestigious dance companies in the world, including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Netherlands Dance Theater and locally, PNB and Civic Light Opera.

Mitchell's choreography, plus the exquisite dancing of the Sugar Plum Fairy and "Dew Drop," will delight and surprise eyes young and old alike.

Ballet Bellevue dancers, local guest artists and students from the Ballet Bellevue School will share the stage, as well as Sanjaya Malakar, a finalist on the sixth season of American Idol, who will be performing as a notable guest artist.

Performance times are 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 at Bellevue’s Sammamish Performing Arts Center located at 100 140 St SE.

Ticket prices: Student/Senior age 62+ ($22), Adult ($37), VIP Seating ($45). For tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or go to For Information and Group Discount ($2 off for 10 or more) call Ballet Bellevue at (425) 455-1345 or go to

Kabby Mitchell III, renowned teacher, performer and choreographer in the Pacific Northwest, directs Ballet Bellevue's "Nutcracker."

Courtesy of Ballet Bellevue

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