Nutcracker on the Rocks returns to Helena

Cohesion Dance Project offers Rock ’n roll rendition of Nutcracker Nov. 25-26

On Stage


The unique performance presents a more familiar Party Scene – with the exception of the live Harley Davidson on stage – then takes the audience through twists and turns as it journeys through the decades. Visit the Roaring 20s, a sock hop of the 50s, and flower power of the 60s. One exciting scene after another showcases a unique and energetic fusion of dancers and dance styles.

Nutcracker on the Rocks
The Party Scene, replete with Harley, from Nutcracker on the Rocks.Photo © C. McGowan

Throughout the performance people of all abilities, including several dancing from their wheelchairs, are seamlessly woven into the fabric of the choreography. A particularly moving Snow Scene highlights creative partnerships and collaborations between dancers of all abilities.

“It proves when we work together we all have the potential to achieve great things and challenge ourselves in ways we have not yet realized,” says Tanya Call, artistic director of Cohesion Dance Project.

Nutcracker on the Rocks often evokes smiles of joy and tears of inspiration over the powerful way it artistically blends ages, talents, and abilities.

After 20 years of performance in its native Albuquerque, NM, Keshet Dance Company retired Shira Greenberg’s unique version of the Nutcracker in 2016, leaving Helena with the prestigious honor of being the only location where this innovative production is performed. With a record cast of more than 90 community dancers, the 2017 performance features local talents Kellee Blom, Madi Kelly, and Julynn Wilderson in lead roles alongside visiting guest artist Felix LaBella III of Tampa, Florida.

Cohesion Dance Project is a non-profit dance production company whose mission is to enrich, inspire, and unite the community through dance.  Established in May 2012 and based in Helena, Cohesion evolved out of a passion for dance, diversity, and community involvement. Creating collaborative performances and dance opportunities for dancers and non-dancers, the company fully embraces dancers of varying ages, abilities, and experience levels and supports a diversity of dance forms as essential to the human spirit.

Show times: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26.

Ticketing info: Tickets are $15-$25 and available through the Helena Civic Center box office at 406-447-8481 or online at