Joining the Ballet Theatre of Dover’s cast of "The Nutcracker" this year as the Nutcracker Prince is Joowon Ahn, gold medal winner at the Youth America Grand Prix Competition 2013 in New York. As the top winner, he received a full contract to American Ballet Theatre for the 2013-14 season.
Ahn, 19, trained in Seoul, Korea. The strong Russian training of the Korean Classical Ballet school is reflected in the elegant and effortless technique that Ahn is known for. In the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix Competition, he beat out dancers from all over the world to win the top prize.
He will dance the role of a handsome prince turned into an ugly nutcracker doll by an evil spell that can only be broken by someone who loves him despite his ugliness. When he battles the evil Rat King and a young girl, Clara, risks her life to save him, the spell is broken.
Allison Wilkins, 16, will dance the dual role of Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Dance Conservatory Alumna Sara Biscardi will lead the Waltz of the Flowers as the luminous DewDrop. Jasmine Urban, 16, will dance the role of the Snow Queen who guides the couple through the Land of Snow. Hope Wright, 16, will dance as the Lead Marzipan.
Performances will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover.
Tickets are available at the Schwartz Center. Price is $25 for addults, $22 for seniors, $17 for students and $12 for children 12 and under.