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Nutcracker Ballet - Nutcracker Ballet Performances in Southern California
The Long Beach Ballet's Artistic Director, David Wilcox, pulled out all the stops for the 33rd production of the classical tale.
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For clarification, The Los Angeles Classical Ballet was founded and directed by Long Beach Ballet's artistic director David Wilcox in 1983.
David Wilcox, Artistic Director
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, David Wilcox began studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at the age of eleven.
Having successfully completed all exams through the Advanced level, he continued his studies in London and at the age of nineteen began his professional career in Germany.
He spent seven years dancing with the Berlin Ballet, the Nuremberg Ballet and the Heidelberg Ballet.
Returning home in 1978, he co-founded Long Beach Ballet and formed a professional company which became Southern California's most successful ballet company for 15 years.
Mr. Wilcox has coached several of his students for international ballet competitions and many have gone on to join such companies as San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Milwaukee Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and others.
Over the past several years he has produced and directed eight ballet tours to Asia and has staged three full-length ballets for the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou, China: The Nutcracker, La Bayadere and Cinderella.
He is a prolific choreographer and has created numerous full-length ballets for the school and the company.
He lives with his wife and daughters in Long Beach.
Ms. Englert began her training with Audrey Share at the age of five and continued her training with David Wilcox at Long Beach Ballet Arts Center.