Waltz of the Flowers

The History of Contra Costa Ballet's The Nutcracker 

Beginning with studio performances and no budget for a complete Nutcracker, Cammack and Dishong adopted the "add a pearl" concept, starting with a much smaller cast than today's and adding variations and costumes yearly.

Cal Anderson, the talented graphic and scenic designer who designed several ballets for San Francisco Ballet, including the iconic "Pop Art" ballet choreographed by Lew Christensen, joined the team to create the first version to be performed at the opening of the Lesher Center for the Arts. Originally narrated, the production evolved to stand on its own with developed choreography, strong dancers and stunning costumes.

Over the past three decades, thousands of students, professional guest artists from the Greater Bay Area and beyond, production staff, instructors, ballet masters, and supportive board members participated in making Contra Costa Ballet's The Nutcracker the beloved tradition that continues today.

The Nutcracker

November 26 - 28, 2021

The Lesher Center for the Arts

Celebrating 33 years of The Nutcracker! For one weekend only, join Clara and her beloved nutcracker-turned-prince on a magical journey among giant mice and toy soldiers into the deliciously-delightful Candy Kingdom. Contra Costa Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life in this festive production filled with colorful costumes, whimsical sets and an array of talented, young dancers. This one-hour performance is an elegant introduction to the holiday classic.

Tickets on sale now!

LCA Box Office:

​​1601 Civic Dr.

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(925) 943-SHOW (7469)