Olympic Ballet Theatre’s (OBT) The Nutcracker has been a local favorite for 30 years. Its exotic sets and costumes, dazzling choreography and lively score, bring magic to the story of Clara’s dream through Snowflakes and Sugarplums. But magic of another sort caught guest artists So Young An of South Korea and Jason Jordan of Brooklyn New York by surprise when they met for the first time performing The Nutcracker in Edmonds. “What fun to be part of their lives, knowing that the emotional connection of dancing together brings a deep sense of knowledge and trust between artists,” said Artistic Director Helen Wilkins of the couple. For OBT, Jordan and An aren’t the first to find love in front of an audience, another lady received her invitation to marriage on the OBT stages of The Nutcracker and their engagement was a great celebration. For Jordan and An, however, it was electrifying performances and one year later they were married. The couple now live and dance in New York, but are back to celebrate Olympic Ballet Theatre’s 30th Anniversary, three years after meeting on stage! Performances of The Nutcracker are sure to bring love to center stage this holiday season!
So Young An is an internationally accomplished dancer, and was awarded the top prize at the International Seoul Arts Competition in 1995 and the Gold Medal at the Korea National Ballet Grand Prix in 2001. An currently dances with Buglisi Dance Theatre located in New York City. While her husband, Jason Jordan, met his calling at age seven when he won five dollars for being the best dancer at a Brooklyn house party. He has danced with Twyla Tharp, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Cedar Lake Dance, Feld Ballet and DASSdance, (Artistic Director, OBT’s Daniel Wilkins.)
The couple, An and Jordan will dance Snow King and Queen together, and An will dance Sugar Plum Fairy with guest artist Matthew Donnell from NYC. Jordan dances the Arabian Lead with Seattle professional Mia Monteabaro. Don’t miss this Christmas classic! Full of Snowflakes, a sparkling Sugarplum Fairy, wonderful Mother Ginger with her little Buffoons, and a Christmas Tree that grows before your eyes! The Nutcracker is a delight for all ages!
The performances take place at the Everett Performing Arts Center for Dec 11 at 2:00 & 7:00 PM, and Dec. 12 at 2:00 PM. The Nutcracker closes at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Dec. 18 at 2:00 & 7:00 PM, and Dec. 19 at 3:00 PM. This production is well known for its child friendly, close and yet professionally exciting performances.
Tickets for The Nutcracker are on sale now. This production offers exceptional quality performances at an affordable price. Prices are $20 for children 10 and under, $25 for students through high school and seniors, and $30 for adults at all venues. All seats are reserved. Tickets for all performances may be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006, or online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.
Located at 700 Main Street in Edmonds, Olympic Ballet Theatre offers a thriving professionally oriented ballet company and school, which promotes dance as a creative performing art and engages the widest possible audiences with a stimulating repertoire of classical, contemporary and dramatic ballets. Ballet Goes Green this year as we reduce stress with beauty! Reuse great ballets over and over again! Recycled energy keeps us turning! Join us for our 30th Anniversary Season!
For more information, please call Olympic Ballet Theatre at (425) 774-7570 or visit us at www.olympicballet.com.