Beginning at young age, NEAD students have the opportunity to gain stage experience during our Spring and Nutcracker performances.
The school values live-audience performances as ways to teach stage decorum, confidence, and professionalism.
During performances, advanced dancers may also have the ability to work alongside professional dancers, choreographers, and stagehands.
NEAD’s full-length production of The Nutcracker flaunts
some of the finest sets, costumes and talent in the area.
Our production of the Nutcracker showcases dancers from the school and the company,
as well as esteemed professionals from New York City.
Held in December at the premier New Canaan High School auditorium,
The Nutcracker brings audiences of all ages together
to celebrate dance & holiday tradition.
NEAD dancers will perform to live music by
the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, lead by Music Director Johnathan Yates.
This year our full performance dates are December 7, at 7:00pm, December 8, at
4:00pm and December 9, at 4:00PM. Our interactive children performance is
December 8, at 11:00am (second act only)
Each year, NEAD holds a Spring Performance to showcase the progress of all students, from pre-ballet through Advanced levels. The first portion of the performance is devoted to class dances—an opportunity for dancers to perform pieces choreographed specifically for their level. The second act of the show features The Company and guest dancers, performing either a full-length classical ballet (such as Cinderella or Coppelia) or a diversity of shorter length, stylized pieces.
Each semester, The NEAD Studio Company proudly hosts
Community Outreach performances and events for the local community.
These lecture demonstrations, meet-and-greet events, and workshops aim to foster a sense of philanthropy within company members while inspiring young dancers.
During the Nutcracker season specifically, students of NEAD and Company gladly perform abbreviated shows for Senior Citizens and members of underprivileged communities. Additionally, the company often participates in holiday fundraising events and community showcase performances.