Special Nutcracker Coming to Kofman

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Alameda without Alameda Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker.

Alameda Civic Ballet (ACB) is celebrating its 10th annual production of a full-length Nutcracker ballet by bringing Marena Pérez and Carlos Madera to Alameda.

They will be dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in performances at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20 and 21, at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave.

Pérez is a principal dancer for the Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico, and Madera was most recently a principal dancer for Ballet Brio of Bayamón. Pérez and Madera have frequently performed together.

"Our company wanted to do something special for our 10th annual production, so we worked with Mark Kappel in New York to find the perfect fit. We are very excited to bring this unique opportunity our l city," said artistic director Abra Rudisill.

Past ACB Nutcrackers, which annually feature more than 120 dancers from the community and local professional companies, have included such notable dancers as Meredith Webster and Corey Scott-Gilbert from Lines Ballet and Nikki and Ethan White from Smuin Ballet and finalists of Paula Abdul’s "Live to Dance" television program.

Tickets for the Nutcracker are available at www.AlamedaNutcracker.com.