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Posted: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 | By Kass Hall

Yuma, Arizona, December 3, 2014 – Join Ballet Yuma dancers as they take you on a magical journey and transform Snider Auditorium into young Clara’s dream world as she and her Nutcracker Prince travel through the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets.  Ballet Yuma will be presenting four public performances the weekend of December 12th-14th at Snider Auditorium, 400 S. 6th Ave.  Show times are:

  • Friday, December 12th at 7 pm
  • Saturday, December 13th at 2 pm & 7 pm
  • Sunday, December 14th at 2 pm.

Tickets are available online by going to Ballet Yuma’s website,, and selecting “Buy Tickets”. After December 12th, tickets will be available only at the door an hour prior to each performance.  Should you experience any issues or require additional assistance, please contact Jenn Coleman, Ballet Yuma Ticket Chair, at 928-446-6770.

In celebrating its 20th Season, Ballet Yuma is very excited to be bringing back an alumni as one of their guest artists. Kyndra Ricker, a Yuma native who studied at Yuma Ballet Academy from the age of 5 and is a Ballet Yuma graduate, will be performing the role of the Sugarplum Fairy, and Geoffrey Gonzalez will be performing as her Cavalier and as the Snow King. Both dancers hail from City Ballet of San Diego.

“This is a very special season for us,” stated Jim Hall, Sr., Executive Director of Ballet Yuma.  “We have been providing excellence in the arts to our surrounding communities for 20 years, and we couldn’t be more proud of our dancers and our commitment to our Yuma audiences. Though we take great pride in offering the classic Nutcracker version, this year we have added some colorful new choreography to brighten up the palette a bit. Our dancers, as always, are very well-rehearsed and ready to present their fans with the highest quality performances that they can give. We are also really proud to have our alumni guest artist, Kyndra Ricker, as a featured character this year. Kyndra grew up on the Yuma stage, beginning her ballet career at the age of 5 as a little lamb in Ballet Yuma’s Nutcracker, and working her way through every role in this production until she graduated from the program and began her professional career abroad. I think those of you who watched her grow up will be very proud to see her as our Sugarplum Fairy – she really is stunning. It’s a very special and inspiring thing for our current dancers to be able to dance side by side with one of their own who has gone on to successfully pursue her dreams. It shows them that if she can do it, anything is possible for them as well.”

In addition, Ballet Yuma will be celebrating all of the dancers who have been a part of their history by giving them onstage recognition at Saturday night’s performance, followed by a special reception at River City Grill that is being held in their honor. If you are an alumni and would like to be included, please contact Jenn Coleman at 928-446-6770 for more information. All alumni will receive one free ticket to the performance and an invitation to the reception at River City Grill after the show.

For information on how you can become involved or to become a patron and supporter, please contact Executive Director Jim Hall, Sr. at 928-581-0927 or

Ballet Yuma is supported in part by a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, as well as a grant from the Yuma Community Foundation.