The Nutcracker Ballet at 3 PM on December 14th and 15th

Verde Valley Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker Ballet at 3 PM on December 14th and 15th at the Camp Verde Multi-Use Theatre. This highly acclaimed production is under the direction of Artistic Director Laura D. Conaway, and is known for its highly trained dancers, colorful costumes, as well as creative and exciting storytelling through Ms. Conaway’s eye for detail. She loves to provide an experience the dancers love to perform, and thus the audiences loves to see.


 The story of The Nutcracker Ballet begins with a Christmas party, a special gift of a nutcracker, and a magical dream by a girl named Clara. After an exciting battle with the terrible Mouse King, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince begin their enchanted journey through a snowy forest to the Land of the Sweets, where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends from around the world.

Verde Valley Ballet, formerly The Dance Center, is now located at 470 South Main Street Suite A, next to Pizza Hut. Ms. Conaway has been teaching ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance in the Verde Valley since 1995. Verde Valley Ballet offers classes for students of all ages and abilities. Laura believes in offering students a full program of dance styles, with a strong emphasis in ballet, including tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary dance, with supporting programs of Pilates and dance conditioning.  Through these daily technique classes with Verde Valley Ballet’s highly experienced instructors, master classes, and performance opportunities, students are be able to reach their full potential as dancers.

Tickets for the shows can be purchased at the door or by calling 928-300-5234. Adult tickets are $15 and children, students, and seniors are $10.





Verde Valley Ballet Performing Arts Company

The Verde Valley Ballet Performing Arts Company performed at the Verde Baptist Church on November 10th, 2013. Dancing are Emma Conaway, Carrington Midkiff, Brianna Strobel, Kaitlyn Terrey, Allison Terry, Kaitlyn Witt.

The Nutcracker Ballet Auditions

Christmas at Clara's family homeThe holiday season would not be complete without a trip to the Land of the Sweets! Follow Clara and the Nutcracker Prince and be a part of the magic in Verde Valley Ballet’s highly acclaimed production of “The Nutcracker Ballet.”  Join our Nutcracker family! Verde Valley Ballet is looking for dancers, boys and girls, as well as adults with no experience needed to participate to play the part of snow flakes, flower fairies, candy, soldiers and mice!

Some roles will require an audition. Auditions are free!  To try out for a solo or demi solo, auditions will be held on Friday, September 6th at 5 pm at Verde Valley Ballet in Cottonwood.  Dancers should be prepared to dance on pointe. If you cannot make the audition, please call the studio to arrange an alternate date.

Girls between the ages of 9-13 years are welcome to audition for the parts of Clara and her cousins. Try outs will be held at Verde Valley Ballet on Saturday, September 7th at 10:30 am. Beginners are welcome! If you cannot make the audition, please call the studio to arrange an alternate date.

“The Nutcracker Ballet” performance dates are December 13th, 14th, and 15th.  Nutcracker registration is $75 (per family) and includes 4 tickets and costume rental. Rehearsals for Verde Valley Ballet students are free. Call Verde Valley Ballet 928-451-0537 or email for more information.

Verde Valley Ballet, (formerly The Dance Center) under the direction of Laura D. Conaway has been providing quality dance education, exceptional performances, and community service for over 13 years. Verde Valley Ballet is located at 470 S. Main St. Suite A in Cottonwood.  Our web address is