Joffrey Ballet Dancers Lead Rockford’s Nutcracker Performance

Joffrey Ballet Dancers Lead Rockford’s Nutcracker Performance

Coronado Performing Arts Center

Posted On: November 27, 2022

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The Nutcracker tradition in Rockford continues this year with one performance on December 3 at 3:00 p.m. at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Lucas Segovia and Cary Marie Gary are the Principal Dancers in this combined performance by The Rockford Dance Company and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

 

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Segovia, who is also the choreographer of the Rockford Nutcracker, joined Ballet Argentino at the age of 19 as a Soloist Dancer. Segovia has been a member of The Washington Ballet, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

Gary received her formal ballet training at International Ballet Academy in Greer, South Carolina and prior to joining The Joffrey Ballet, she danced with American Ballet Theatre’s ABT II and was an apprentice with Orlando Ballet. She has won many awards both nationally and internationally.

 

Kevin Jensen will be the Music Director for this performance. Jensen was the conductor and musical director for the Rockford Wind Ensemble starting with its founding in 2002 until retiring in 2022. His 35-year career as a music teacher included Eureka, Batavia, and Loves Park/ Machesney Park (Harlem) high schools. In 2014 he was given the Rockford Mayor’s Arts Award, and in 2015 was recognized as the “Outstanding Alumni” for the School of Music at Illinois State University. While at ISU, he served as drum major of the "Big Red Marching Machine". Jensen is an acclaimed composer with nearly forty commercially published works and over two hundred freelance commissioned works to his credit.

There is no reason to travel any further than Rockford to experience The Nutcracker at its best! Order your tickets today online at www.rockfordsymphony.com

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