Big Time with Brooklyn Mack, This Year’s Nutcracker Cavalier!

Please welcome Brooklyn Mack, former principal dancer of The Washington Ballet, to our 2018 Nutcracker cast! This is monumental! We are beyond thrilled to bring this level of professionalism and expertise to our Nutcracker stage this year, as we know Brooklyn Mack will serve as inspiration to all of our students, families, and audience members alike. His high flying leaps and spellbinding turns are sure to awe us all. You do not want to miss this opportunity, to see Brooklyn Mack performing with our dancers for our Nutcracker. While we could go on forever about how outstanding Mr. Mack is, and about how fortunate we are to have him join us this year, we will let his bio and list of accolades do the talking. So, without further ado, welcome, Mr. Brooklyn Mack!

Photo Credit: Erik Sawaya

BROOKLYN MACK, of Elgin, South Carolina, is an International Principal Guest Dancer. He began his dance training at age 12 with the Pavlovich Dance School under Radenko Pavlovich and Milena Leben before receiving a scholarship to study at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. While at the Kirov he trained primarily under the auspices of Anatoli Kucheruk and Vladimir Djouloukhadze. After graduating from Kirov, Mr. Mack then apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and later joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. Mr. Mack spent three seasons as a principal dancer with Orlando Ballet before becoming a principal dancer of The Washington Ballet where he danced for 9 seasons. Mr. Mack has danced a wide array of choreography, spanning many different styles between classical, neoclassical, contemporary, abstract, and modern works throughout his career.

Some of his notable awards include the Senior Silver Medal at the 2006 Jackson International Ballet Competition in Mississippi; the 2007 Princess Grace Fellowship Award; The Senior Silver Medal at the 2009 Helsinki IBC; the Marius Liepa Prize at the 2011 Boston IBC; the Silver Medal at the 2011 Korean International Dance Competition; the Gold Medal at the 2012 Boston International Ballet Competition; winner of the 2012 Istanbul Grand Prix; and the gold medal at the 2012 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Mr. Mack has also been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, Ebony Magazine, listed in theGrio’s Top 100 (2014), and was named as a top “25

[dancers] to watch” by Dance Magazine (2012). Mr. Mack is highly in demand as a guest Principal dancer the world over. In 2016, Mr. Mack made his debut on three of the world’s greatest stages; at Covent Garden’s largest theatre; the London Coliseum, The historic Bolshoi in Moscow, as well as the illustrious and historic Paris Opera ballet’s Palais Garnier stage.

To see Mr. Mack in action, check out this video!

AND! If you haven’t heard yet, we are performing our Nutcracker on our biggest stage yet, the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center in Alexandria. Come be dazzled by Clara’s annual holiday party, entranced by the Snow Queen, and delight in the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Land of Sweets at this year’s Nutcracker! Our dancers have been training tirelessly to put on the greatest Nutcracker yet, and we cannot wait to share all of the joy with you, your family, and your friend’s!

Tickets go on sale to the General Public TOMORROW, October 17th at 9am.

Ticket Prices:
$28 Adult
$26 Students/Seniors
$3 discount if 6 or more tickets are purchased to the same show.

Rachel M. Schlesinger Center
NOVA Alexandria Campus Drive
Alexandria VA 22311

Show Dates/Times:
December 8th at 1pm and 5pm
December 9th at 1pm and 5pm