2019-2020 20th Anniversary Season

The Nutcracker

Presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

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December 13-15, 2019 @ Zionsville Performing Arts Center

Begin your holiday season as a guest at the Stahlbaum family holiday celebration and share in Clara’s dreamlike journey with her Nutcracker Prince. Watch as Clara battles the evil Rat King, dances with the Snow Maidens, and accompanies the Sugarplum Fairy through the Land of the Sweets. Enjoy the enchanted music of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and the beautiful voices of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Young and old alike will delight in this holiday tradition.

Featuring guest artists Emma Love Suddarth & Price Suddarth (CIDE alumnus) of Pacific Northwest Ballet as the Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier!

*Visit our ‘For Kids’ section to learn more about our Nutcracker Dessert Party!


Mixed Rep ft. Paquita

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March 29, 2020 @ The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts

Classic, modern and contemporary pieces thread together for one show only as Central Indiana Dance Ensemble performs Mixed Rep! Featuring innovative and breathtaking original choreography by world-renowned artists, Mixed Rep has something for everyone! The afternoon of dance is rounded out with the third act of Marius Petipa’s prestigious ballet Paquita. This dazzling classical showpiece is characterized by a breathtaking display of technique, Spanish-styled épaulement, and a fiery charm not to be missed!


The Wizard of Oz

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May 16, 2020 @ The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts

We’re off to see the Wizard! Follow the yellow brick road to the Tarkington for Central Indiana Dance Ensemble’s premiere of Jill Eathorne-Bahr’s The Wizard of Oz. The ballet centers on our heroine Dorothy, a young girl who is swept away from the plains of Kansas all the way to the magical Land of Oz. The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz! Audiences young and old will be charmed by the timeless story about the power of friendship and believing in yourself.

Photography by R. Douglas Smoak