Dance students to perform 'Nutcracker'

The Hilton Head Dance Theatre's 25th annual "Nutcracker" ballet will be performed at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina for eight shows, opening Saturday through Nov. 14.

This year's performance will feature all of the Hilton Head dance school's nearly 300 students, as well as returning guest professional artists Peter Kozak, formerly of Joffrey Ballet and currently with Columbia City Ballet, and Daniel May, formerly with Atlanta Ballet. This year's "Sugar Plum Fairy" will be shared by Mackenzie Ogden, Ella Cuda and Caroline Santorum. The "Dew Drop Fairy" will be performed by Lane Allen. The gala will include food and a musical appearance by Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

For show times, ticket information and more about the dance theatre, go to www.hhdt.org. Tickets are $26 for adults and $17 for 18 and younger. A $5 facility fee is applied by the arts center for each ticket. To purchase tickets, calll 843-842-2787 or go to www.artshhi.com.