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Ballet Hawaii Nutcracker

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ballet Hawaii is thrilled to announce Nutcracker 2012 at Honolulu's Blaisdell Concert Hall on November 9, 10 and 11, sponsored by Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Honolulu Star-Advertiser, featuring Sokvannara (Sy) Sar, star of the critically-acclaimed film "Dancing Across Borders," New York City Ballet's Megan Fairchild, Joaquin De Luz, Andrew Veyette and Sterling Hyltin, and Carolina Ballet's Lilyan Vigo Ellis and Timor Bourtasenkov, plus Broadway's John Selya and Puanani Brown from American Ballet Theatre. Joining these international stars of dance on-stage are more than 185 young and aspiring dancers from across Hawaii in a magical production that always inspires and sets the perfect tone for a beautiful holiday season.

Ballet Hawaii is presenting Nutcracker 2012 several weeks in advance of the customary time to accommodate the production of "WICKED" in the same venue. Ballet Hawaii Nutcracker 2012 tickets are on sale now and start at $35. There is an opening night dinner package available at HASR Bistro which includes parking, dinner, and a VIP seat.

Joining Ballet Hawaii for the first time is Sokvannara (Sy) Sar, star "Dancing Across Borders." Directed by Anne Bass, "Dancing Across Borders" premiered at the 2009 Seattle Film Festival. The documentary about Sar's growth as a dancer "peeks behind the scenes into the world of dance and chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of a boy who was discovered, and who only much later discovered all that he had in himself." Sar was born in Cambodia, where he studied traditional Khmer dance from the age of ten. In 2000, Bass, an American enthusiast and supporter of ballet, saw him there and invited him to visit the School of American Ballet in New York. Sar studied at the School of American Ballet for five years and ultimately joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Today, he is a soloist with Carolina Ballet.

To learn more about Ballet Hawaii or the opening night dinner package at HASR Bistro, click HERE!

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