SI Ballet dancers  set to stun Hilton Garden Inn with 'The Nutcracker'

Estefano Gil is the Mouse King and Kevin Ortiz Lemus is the Nutcracker as they rehearse the fight scene of the SI Ballet Nutcracker for a holiday performance in studio
(SI Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)


The Staten Island Ballet is going into its 30th year of performing “The Nutcracker”. This year is even more exceptional for another reason in the eyes of artistic director Ellen Tharp: It is the first time since the onset of the pandemic that Staten Island Ballet will perform the entirety of “The Nutcracker”. 
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SIB Honors Virginia and Michelle

From the left, Michelle DeSantis, Ellen Tharp, artistic director of the Staten Island Ballet, and Virginia Allen. (Courtesy/Steve White)
Staten Island Advance


Guests flocked to the Above Rooftop Lounge at the Hilton Garden Inn Friday evening to lend their support to the Staten Island Ballet’s return of a new season and recognize two community advocates who’ve contributed to the dance company and many other worthy organizations.


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