25th Anniversary of the


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Dear Dances Patrelle Family,

A HUGE thank you to all the children, parents, dancers, Ballet Masters and volunteers who worked endless hours to make this beloved production possible. The Yorkville Nutcracker has been a December tradition at the Kaye Playhouse for 25-years, and has become a staple of New York’s holiday season because you make it happen. It has not been easy. This year, staging a full production in spite of the pandemic, was particularly challenging. But seeing the excitement and smiles of our children has reminded us of why we do all this.

We come to you today not as the presidents of the board, but as parents. Our kids grew up with The Yorkville Nutcracker.  Our daughters started at the age of 6, and are now dancing in adult roles. Every year they have looked forward to their next role. Having our children in The Yorkville Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in our households year after year. It has been a gift that not only taught our children stage presence, but it has given them confidence and discipline for their lives beyond the theater. Without Dances Patrelle the holidays would not be the same. 


Please consider a donation to Dances Patrelle via

PayPal Giving Fund
• Venmo @Classes-DancesPatrelle
• Or send a check to:

Dances Patrelle 
PO Box  286189
New York, NY 10128


All donations are tax-deductible because we are a 501 (c) (3) corporation. 

The premier of Ariel Rose's heartwarming new documentary about the history of Francis Patrelle’s, The Yorkville Nutcracker. It is about the creation, design, and choreography of The Yorkville Nutcracker, but most of all it's about the generations of dancers, young and not so young, who have made our holiday tradition so special. It includes interviews and footage from more than two decades of The Yorkville Nutcracker. Thousands of dancers have created twenty-five years of holiday magic. You may see people you know! You may even see yourself!

To keep this wonderful tradition going for next year and the years beyond we need your generous support. Ticket sales are important to us, but they do not fully put the show on the stage. We have to store and care for The Yorkville Nutcracker even in spring and summer. Many of the costumes and props are fully 25-years old. Getting them in condition year after years is becoming more difficult and more costly. Some of our costumes will very soon need to be fully rebuilt.

We have pulled together to put The Yorkville Nutcracker on the stage for its 25th Anniversary. Let’s now work together to make sure it lasts and returns to the stage for years to come. 


Please help us continue this tradition. Here’s to another 25! 

Simone Zeko & Sandra Burch

Co-Presidents of the Board

Dances Patrelle


The Patrelle Yorkville Nutcracker, set in a bygone New York, appeals to the tourist in me: it’s so full of New York and American detail (even Theodore Roosevelt makes an appearance) that I wanted to watch it again to notice more of what it tells of local history.

— Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times


Cast: The Yorkville Nutcracker (2015): Grand Pas de Deux​ Sugar Plum Fairy - Abi Stafford and Cavalier - Adrian Danchig-Waring; Father - Stephen Campanella; Dolls - Rachel Sturley, Amanda Burch, Miranda Berlin; Mother Ginger - Maureen Duke, Snow King - Matthew Dibble, Justin Peck, Snow Queen - Therese Wendler, Nadezhda Vostrikov | 

The Yorkville Nutcracker (2016): Grand Pas de Deux​ Sugar Plum Fairy - Abi Stafford and Cavalier - Craig Hall; Snow Queen - Therese Wendler and Snow King - Maximillien Band |  

The Yorkville Nutcracker (2013): Grand Pas de Deux​ Sugar Plum Fairy - Jenifer Ringer and Cavalier - Jared Angle; Snow Queen - Therese Wendler and Snow King - Maximillien Band |  

The Yorkville Nutcracker (2017): Grand Pas de Deux​ Sugar Plum Fairy - Abi Stafford and Cavalier - Stephen Hana; Snow Queen - Therese Wendler and Snow King - Maximillien Band; Dew Drop - Izkan Barbosa  

Photos:  ©  Eduardo PATINO.NYC |  ©  Pearchutekids.com |  © Rosalie O'Connor Photography | © Julieta Cervantes for The New York Times  |  ©  KentGBeck