VERO BEACH ― Ballet Vero Beach will launch its next season on Dec. 30-31 with the return of “Nutcracker on the Indian River.” The unique Vero Beach production takes the audience on a journey from New York to the shores of the Indian River Lagoon in 1919, the year the town of Vero (without the “Beach”) was founded. Vero was officially renamed "Vero Beach" in 1925.

Ballet Vero Beach unveils two new innovations this year, the Accessible Series and the Family Friendly Series.

The new Accessible Series will offer an hour-long version of each production for the differently abled members of the community and their families. Performances include modified audio/visual effects and a special auditorium setup that meets the needs of attendees with differing abilities.

The first performance in the Accessible Series will be “Nutcracker for All” on Dec. 31.

The 2020-2021 season continues on Jan. 15-16, featuring the company’s third work by choreographer Samuel Kurkjian and debut of “The Sleeping Princess,” an abridged version of The Sleeping Beauty.

Ballet Vero Beach launches its new Family Friendly Series on Jan. 17, starting with The Sleeping Princess. These shows will be hour-long performances designed to engage young children, with question and answer sessions and opportunities to take photos with the dancers.

The season continues Feb. 26-27 with “Composer’s Notebook: The Music of Antonio Vivaldi,” with an Accessible Series performance on Feb. 28.

Closing the season will be “Chamber Music: Sweeping Dance,” April 16-17, with a Family Friendly Series performance on April 18.

For more information about the Accessible Series or the Family Friendly Series, email info@balletverobeach.org.

For tickets, all seats $10, call (772) 564-5537 or visit www.balletverobeach.org.

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