Why Our Nutcracker Is The Best Holiday Tradition

With so many holiday performances and activities in Miami, it can be hard to choose the best way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Our Nutcracker performance is tried and true! Going on its 42nd year, there are several reasons to choose Thomas Armour Youth Ballet’s magical Nutcracker production.

Why Our Nutcracker Is The Best Holiday Tradition

A White Christmas in Miami

Let our amazing set pieces take you on a journey to a place where it gets below 75 on Christmas Day! From the towering Christmas tree to a magical, snowy forest, it will feel like a real Winter Wonderland. Our show features all-new set pieces and original costuming that create an unforgettable experience.

Why Our Nutcracker Is The Best Holiday Tradition

The Nutcracker Inspires

The Nutcracker has captured the imagination of countless children. Toys come to life and there’s a world made of sweets. But the magic of the Nutcracker goes beyond its story for many dancers, it’s the first production they ever participate in. This cornerstone holiday performance has inspired little dancers for decades!

Why Our Nutcracker Is The Best Holiday Tradition - The Sounds

The Sounds of the Holidays

The Nutcracker wasn’t popular or performed in the US until the 1940s, but its music was world famous soon after its composition in 1892. The enchanting sound of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is synonymous with Christmas. In addition to the classic sounds of Christmas, hear music inspired by cultures from around the world.

Why Our Nutcracker Is The Best Holiday Tradition

We Capture the Spirit of Christmas Every Year

The Nutcracker opens with a big holiday party, but Christmas is about more than parties and presents. At its core, the Nutcracker is a story about goodwill and compassion. When Clara discovers what Drosselmeier has done to the Nutcracker Prince, she vows to help break the curse.


If you still don’t believe that this is the best holiday experience in Miami, join us in the Miami Dade Auditorium and see it for yourself! Click here to purchase tickets for our performance on Saturday, December 1st.

Miss our Spring Concert? We have you covered!

If you clicked this post you probably missed our 25th  Spring Concert. Don’t worry we have you covered! Here’s a quick little recap and the full performance video.

Guest Artists

Our guest artists were incredible! Artists included Francesca Martoccio from Colorado Ballet, Paunika Jones former dancer at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ayla Wiesz Cyr Wheel performer from The Muse in New York and Miguel Quinones and Steven Vaughn from Open Category Dance Co.

Steven Vaughn & Miguel Quinones | Photo by Gregory Reed

Francesca Martoccio | Photo by Gregory Reed

Paunika Jones | Photo by Gregory Reed

Ayla Weisz | Photo by Gregory Reed

Student Performances

Advanced student performances included pieces from our tap team, contemporary team, and our advanced ballet students.

Thomas Armour Youth Ballet’s Contemporary Team | Photo by Gregory Reed

Motown on Pointe | Photo by Gregory Reed

Allyn Ginns Ayers in Raymonda | Photo by Gregory Reed

Thomas Armour Youth Ballet’s Tap Team | Photo by Gregory Reed

Concert Theme

This year’s concert was inspired by art and culture during the 1950’s through the 1980’s. Rafi Maldonado choreographed a piece to tie in with the theme to music from Motown the Musical.

Motown on Pointe | Photo by Gregory Reed

Exciting Finish!

The coda to tie the whole theme together was done to you should be dancing by the BeeGees and the crowd loved it!

Stephanie Fuentes in the Coda | Photo by Gregory Reed

Now that you have a little preview sit back and enjoy the show!

Haven’t had enough of this year’s Spring Concert? Watch last year’s concert too!


What will you see at our Spring Concert?

Every year Thomas Armour Youth Ballet (TAYB) presents a Spring Concert at New World School of the Arts. The tradition dates back 25 years and we are excited for this year’s lineup!

While our name might make you think otherwise, the concert is not just ballet, but rather a combination of different dance genres and styles!

Want a sneak peak of what you might see if you go? Look no further!

Lively performances from the Tap Team!

TAYB began a tap team in 2011 to give our most advanced and talented tap students the opportunity to perform and and perfect their skills.

Excerpts from classical ballets.

It all began with just classical ballet at Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. Classical works are not the full concert anymore but TAYB makes sure to include at least one piece of classical ballet in the concert. 

Performances from several guest artists.

Many TAYB Alumni go on to perform in professional companies or have careers in dance choreography. Every year TAYB alumni are invited to perform as guest artists in the spring concert. Guest artists have included members of the Martha Graham Company, former Alvin Ailey Company members, dancers from Colorado Ballet, and much more.

The Spring Concert always has a theme from a point in history.

This year’s concert theme is 1950 – 1980. To stick with the theme the 2018 concert will present a Motown ballet and original choreography done to music from movies in the time period by our lead ballet teachers Mariana Alvarez and Rosario Suarez.

Exciting performances by our new Contemporary Team.

TAYB’s fairly new Contemporary Team began about two year’s ago and now they perform at TAYB’s annual spring concert. The idea for the Contemporary Team is the same as the Tap Team. All pieces performed by the contemporary team will be choreographed by Stephanie Fuentes, former Martha Graham II member.

Now that you know more about the concert you must want your tickets! This concert is at a very intimate venue so make sure to be the first to get them.

Have you been backstage at the Nutcracker? Check this out.

To get everyone through post Nutcracker blues, we decided to give you a peek into the backstage magic of our favorite annual tradition and share few facts that you may not know about!

  • TAYB’s Nutcracker is the longest running and most diverse production of the Nutcracker in Miami.
  • TAYB welcomes over 10,000 school children every year during the morning week-day performances.
  •  Students from all five sites and New World School of the Arts begin the audition and rehearsal process all the way in August.

This production of the Nutcracker is no ordinary production of the holiday classic it actually has a mission behind it. Now you know a little about the production and you probably want to see it in action behind the scenes!

Before we show you behind the scenes you should know that students from all five TAYB sites and New World School of the Arts begin the audition and rehearsal process all the way in August.

Photo taken by Gregory Reed

Now we are backstage! Clowns and Mice backstage getting their makeup done and waiting patiently to put on their costumes.

Photo taken by Gregory Reed

After all the anticipation the curtain finally goes up!

Mice from Nutcracker junior cast watching the senior dancers in the wings.

Photo taken by Addyson Fonte-Mermell

Snowflakes from senior cast watching principal dancers playing the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier.

Photo taken by Addyson Fonte-Mermell

A view from Clara and the Nutcracker Prince from the wings during the magical snow scene.

Photo taken by Addyson Fonte-Mermell

A view of the The Harlequin Dolls from backstage.

Photo taken by Addyson Fonte-Mermell

Clowns getting final corrections from the director right before going on stage for the second act.

Photo taken by Addyson Fonte-Mermell

Our guest artist Siriu Liu and Rodrigo Almares from Cincinnati Ballet performing the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Photo taken by Addyson Fonte-Mermell



Photo taken by Gregory Reed

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Get A Chance To See Our 2017 Spring Concert!

Every year our youth ballet presents a spring concert with excerpts from classical ballets, modern pieces, tap pieces performed by our Tap Team and original work performed by TAYB Alumni. This year we are giving everyone the opportunity to watch the performance on YouTube and hope you will join us for next year’s spring concert!