The University of Louisville Dance Theatre continues its beloved, holiday tradition with the 20th annual performance of “Clara’s Dream” Dec. 4-6 at the School of Music’s Comstock Hall.

“Clara’s Dream” is the familiar story of “The Nutcracker” from the time that Clara starts dreaming of snow and the land of sweets. There are cotton candy angels and toy soldiers, as well as the variations from foreign lands and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy appears. Her dream takes the audience along for a joyful ride through fantasy.

Directed by Cynthia Bronner and Chuck Bronson, UofL Dance Theatre is the elite level of the UofL Dance Academy. The ULDA is a pre-professional, civic level ballet company that focuses on preparing middle and high school age dancers to pursue ballet after they graduate from high school. About 50 dancers from all levels of the academy will have roles in the show.

There are five chances to catch “Clara’s Dream” this season: 7 p.m. Dec. 4; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5; and 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Opening night performance is sponsored by Yum!

The production is appropriate for all ages. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children under age 13 or adults over age 65. Group rates also are available for ten or more.

For more information and to order tickets, call 502-852-6878 or visit the UofL Dance Academy website at

Niki King
Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.