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Five young dancers from Montgomery County will take the stage in Nashville’s Nutcracker from Dec. 7-23 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. The dancers are (front row, from left) Dakota Hayes, Sophie Silvus, Bailey Horton, Sofia Dominguez of Williamson County, Lainey McQuade, and Asher Lekki of Davidson County; (back row) Mariana Dominguez of Williamson County and Kyleigh Gehosky.

NASHVILLE – Nashville Ballet selected five dancers from Montgomery County to perform in the youth cast for Music City’s favorite holiday tradition. 

Presented by Nashville Ballet and sponsored in part by PNC Bank, Nashville’s Nutcracker will return to TPAC’s Jackson Hall on Dec. 7-23. This year’s youth cast features 292 young dancers from School of Nashville Ballet and the community at large who will perform alongside Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Symphony in the beloved favorite. 

Nashville’s Nutcracker will feature Montgomery County dancers Kyleigh Gehosky as a Native American soldier; Dakota Hayes as a party boy; Bailey Horton as a garden fairy; Lainey McQuade as a lamb; and Sophie Silvus as a garden fairy.

This year, Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast members were selected from community-wide open auditions. Members of the youth cast come from 10 counties throughout Middle Tennessee, including Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson and Christian County, Kentucky. They will perform alongside all 52 members of Nashville Ballet’s professional company and NB2, as well as 60 members of the Nashville Symphony.

“We’ve had well over 1,000 young dancers take the stage in the Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast over the years,” said Nashville Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling. “The youth cast is such an integral part of the overall success of this larger-than-life production.” 

Nashville Ballet premiered Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2008 with a unique concept weaving Music City’s glittering past with the awe-inspiring wonder of the classic tale. In its 11th season on stage, Nashville’s Nutcracker has cemented itself in the hearts of numerous patrons and young artists as a treasured holiday tradition. 

Beginning at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville, Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer meet a colorful cast of characters from faraway lands. When Uncle Drosselmeyer gifts Clara a wooden nutcracker on Christmas Eve, the toy magically transforms to life as a handsome prince and leads her on an unforgettable adventure. Clara encounters a captivating collection of fascinating friends including everyone from the Snow Queen to the Sugar Plum Fairy, as well as the delightful characters she met at the Exposition. When Clara finally returns home, the audience is left to decide if it was all just a dream–or not. 

The Aertson Hotel is a supporting sponsor for Nashville’s Nutcracker. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at 615-782-4040 or at A complete performance schedule and more information may be found at

Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and NB2, Nashville Ballet’s official second company, provide more than 60,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based community engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries, and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age two to 70.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.

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