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Texas Ballet Theater Casts Professional Dancer from Coppell in The Nutcracker

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Twenty year old Coppell “native” Betsy McBride will dance the role of Snow Queen in the Texas Ballet Theater’s opening night performance of The Nutcracker, Friday, Nov. 29 at Winspear Opera House in Dallas. McBride has performed with Texas Ballet Theater for seven seasons, and was cast in multiple roles, including the Sugar Plum Fairy, for The Nutcracker’s many performance dates which run Nov. 29 – Dec. 8 in Dallas and Dec. 13 – Dec. 27 in Fort Worth. “Changing our principal dancers’ roles for each date allows the dancers to demonstrate their enormous talents and keeps each performance fresh and exciting,” Texas Ballet Theater Artistic Director Ben Stevenson explained.

The Nutcracker is a timeless classic. Texas Ballet Theater is one of the most exceptional dance companies in the country, and I feel fortunate that it happens to be located near my hometown,” McBride said.

The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for all ages. The story tells the tale of a young girl, Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll and goes on a magical journey to discover the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets alongside her Nutcracker Prince. Texas Ballet Theater’s production will feature more than 40 professional dancers, a flying carpet, snowfalls – on stage and in the audience, and much more.

At age 14 McBride attended Texas Ballet Theater’s School and performed with the Company in Coppelia and as “Clara” in The Nutcracker. After her performance as “Clara” she was invited to join the Company. McBride was an American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholar and performed as one of four girls in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana during ABT’s tour of Texas. In 2007 Betsy was awarded the top award, “Grand Prix,” at the Youth American Grand Prix Regional competition and was also a finalist at the 2012 Helsinki International Ballet Competition. Betsy has danced in Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, as well as “Svetlana” in Ben Steveson’s Dracula, “Green Lady” and “Solveig” in Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, “Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Snow Queen” and “Lead Flower” in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, and “Pas de Trois” in Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries.

View a complete list of performance dates for Texas Ballet Theater’s production of The Nutcracker and purchase tickets online at www.texasballettheater.org or call 877-828-9200.