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

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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It was heaven at Above: Staten Island Ballet lauds two community leaders

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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‘That Brazilian Couple,’ of the Met Opera and SI Ballet, bring dance online: Meet Ana and Junio.

Ana and Junio

Ana Luiza Luizi and Junio Enrique Teixeira (Courtesy/the artists)  
Staten Island Ballet

Ana Luiza Luizi and Junio Enrique Teixeira, known as “That Brazilian Couple,” are professional ballet artists with more than 25 years experience revolving around the art of dance, working with distinguished dance companies and performing in venues the world over.

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SI Ballet will honor two community leaders at Hilton’s Above Rooftop


From the left, Virginia Allen and Michelle DeSantis. (Courtesy/SI Ballet)  
Staten Island Advance

Two will take center stage when the Staten Island Ballet celebrates the return of a new season.
The celebration on Friday, Oct. 14 will honor advocate Virginia Allen and philanthropist Michelle DeSantis on behalf of The DeSantis Family Charitable Foundation.   

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