BNW starts off the Season with the Young Choreographers Showcase on August 26th. Now in its 7th year, fifteen local choreographers create works utilizing a wide array of dance and musical styles.
Next is BNW’s annual holiday engagement of The Nutcracker, running December 7th through December 16th. It has been a South Sound tradition for over thirty years, and this year will return with the breathtaking new sets. Join Clara, The Nutcracker, the Mouse King, and the Sugar Plum Fairy for this classic holiday ballet featuring Tchaikovsky’s score and over 200 performers.
Then BNW jumps into Spring with the Olympia Dance Festival, co-presented with the Washington Center, on March 2nd. Don’t miss this 10th anniversary performance, featuring over a dozen local dance groups plus amazing guest artists! This one-time only event features ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, contemporary, Irish, Chinese, and Middle Eastern dance.
Next is the extremely exciting guest PHILADANCO (The Philadelphia Dance Company), co-presented with South Puget Sound Community College, on April 25th. Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. Founded in 1970, PHILADANCO has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides, consistently performing for audiences representing an amalgamation of people from diverse communities. PHILADANCO is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances.
Last but not least is the return of Don Quixote, running May 10th through May 12th. Premiered by BNW in 2015, this Spanish-themed ballet is fun for the whole family, featuring a colorful cast of characters including the knight Don Quixote, leaping toreadors, mysterious gypsies, and the young couple in love, Kitri and Basilio. This comic-filled ballet includes beautiful sets and costumes, and one of the most famous duets in the world, the Act III wedding pas de deux.