Nutcracker on the Rocks roars back

Cohesion Dance Project presents Shira Greenburg’s rockin’ Nutcracker Nov. 25-26

On Stage

Get ready to rock this Thanksgiving weekend as Cohesion Dance Project presents Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks, Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023 at the Helena Civic Center. This is Helena’s ninth opportunity to see the innovative version of the holiday favorite.

Cohesion Dance Company offers a community based, rock-n-roll rendition of the holiday classic with Nutcracker on the Rocks.
Cohesion Dance Company offers a community based, rock-n-roll rendition of the holiday classic with Nutcracker on the Rocks.Photo © Chris McGowan Photography

Featuring iconic tunes from James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and more, this unforgettable rock-n-roll rendition showcases an energetic and inspiring fusion of dancers and dance styles as they lead the audience on a thrilling journey through the decades. The explosive production artistically blends community dancers with professional visiting guest artists in creative partnerships and energetic collaborations, seamlessly weaving people of all ages and abilities, and a roaring Harley Davidson, into the heart of the choreography.

Nutcracker on the Rocks originated in Albuquerque, NM, and was performed there for 20 years.  Helena now holds the prestigious honor of being the only location where this innovative production is staged.

The 2023 cast includes over 60 local dancers, ages 7 to adult, performing alongside professional visiting artists from across the country. Local leads include BJ Bluestone as Madam Drosselmeier and Laura Brown as Marie. Visiting artists are Sarah Dassinger of Great Falls and NYC-based Luciano Castaldo.

For a rockin’ good time don’t miss the excitement of Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks Thanksgiving weekend!

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, reserved seating only.  Tickets are $18-$35 and available through the Helena Civic Center box office at 406-447-8481 or online at

Since its founding in 2012, Cohesion Dance Project has grown, diversified and flourished, providing contemporary dance training for community dancers, professional artists and people living with disabilities. The company stages multiple integrated professional performances each year, including Nutcracker on the Rocks; and conducts school and community outreach events through movement/arts education and adaptive dance classes for youth and adults with disabilities.