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2015 Rat King Guest Artist Riley Thomas Weber featured in DanceMN News

From the DanceMN site:


Riley Thomas Weber will reprise his role as The Rat King in Ballet Minnesota’s The Classic Nutcracker, December 18 – 20, 2015, at The O’Shaughnessy on the University of St. Catherine campus in St. Paul. Weber is currently a company member with Collide Theatrical Dance Company where he has danced lead roles in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Class of ‘85” and “Zoot Suit Riots.” A native of Fargo, ND, Weber moved to the Twin Cities to study dance and cello at the University of Minnesota.
“When I hear the word ‘nutcracker,’ I think of the magic of my childhood,” said Weber. “’The Nutcracker ‘ is actually the first book I ever read as a child, the first ballet I ever saw and the first ballet I danced in.””

Ballet Minnesota’s Classic Nutcracker highlighted by

Critic Ron Hubbard includes Ballet Minnesota’s “Classic Nutcracker” in his listings of 11 holiday dance entertainment events for 2015 on, the Pioneer Press website:


Dec. 18-20: Ballet Minnesota has been presenting its version of “The Nutcracker” for 28 years. As with other local troupes, it acts as the year’s highest-profile showcase for its students, but its “Classic Nutcracker” also imports some outstanding lead dancers. This year, the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy will be danced by Violeta Angelova, a soloist from Washington, D.C.’s renowned Suzanne Farrell Ballet, while the Cavalier will be Joffrey Ballet alum Matthew Prescott. And those adrenalin-delivering Russians come from the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 2 p.m. Dec. 20; the O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul; $44-$18; 651-690-6700 or”

From the archives: Nutcracker Sneak peak, 2011

Behind the scenes during preparation for Ballet Minnesota’s Classic Nutcracker performed in 2011, featuring rehearsals for Harlequin and Columbine from the living room party, and the magical transformation of the living room into the scene for the war between the Nutcracker and Rat King.