Ballet Wichita’s presentation of the NUTCRACKER BALLET will be dazzling audiences December 14 and 15, 2013; dancers from Ballet Idaho will perform with a cast of over 100 Ballet Wichita company dancers. The Ballet Wichita Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jay Decker, performs Tchaikovsky’s timeless symphony.

Artistic Director, Jill Landrith, formerly a soloist with the West German ballet company, Aachen Ballet, creates a magical production.  Fashioned after the choreography of the great Russian master, Lev Ivanov, who created the first Nutcracker Ballet more than 100 years ago, Ballet Wichita’s production blends exceptional dancing, grand sets and beautiful costumes.

Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti, a Principal with Ballet Idaho, will perform the role of Sugar Plum Fairy.


John Frazer, Soloist with Ballet Idaho, will dance the role of Prince Cavalier.

Dorio Perez, formerly a principal dancer with Houston Ballet, performs the role of Herr Drosselmeyer.


ABOUT BALLET WICHITA: Since 1974, Ballet Wichita has been a leading force in dance in Kansas, performing original and classical full-length dance productions in Wichita and communities throughout the state. The company’s annual NUTCRACKER Ballet performed at Century II, with a full symphony orchestra and guest artists from across the country is one of the city’s treasured cultural events.


Each year, Ballet Wichita performs a shortened version of the NUTCRACKER for over 5,000 children from schools across south central Kansas. These annual matinee performances, often a first time exposure to both dance and live theatre for students are part of the company's educational outreach program that includes conducting dance residencies and touring performances throughout the state.

 Ballet Wichita is non-profit arts agency, offering exceptional educational and performance experiences in dance for a company of nearly 100 dancers each year; our mission is to advance the beauty and appreciation of art through dance.


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Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti
Phyllis Affrunti
Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti began her training at Chapel Hill Ballet School of North Carolina and continued at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet under the direction of Hortensia Fonseca and Michelle Lees. At 17, Phyllis was accepted on full scholarship to the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and performed with Pennsylvania Ballet in company roles. She has danced for Southern Ballet Theatre and as a principal at Charleston Ballet Theatre where she performed leads in Balanchine’s Serenade, Tarantella, Who Cares? and Allegro Brilliante. In 2003 Phyllis joined Ballet Idaho/Eugene Ballet under the direction of Toni Pimble. In 2004, she was promoted to Principal.  Read more here...
John Frazer
John Frazer
John Frazer is a graduate of the Ballet West Academy, Salt Lake City. In 2004 he was accepted into Ballet West II under the direction of Jonas Kage and Peter Christie. In 2006 he joined Ballet West where he performed works by Glen Tenley, Twyla Tharp, Helen Picket, Septime Webre, Michal Smuin, Ben Stevenson and Sir Fredrick Ashton. In 2010 he joined Ballet Idaho and has performed leads such as Don Jose in Carmen, Dimitri in Timepiece, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Don Camacho in Don Quixote, and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. Read more here...

David Long
David Long
David Long, from Overland Park, KS began his training at the age of nine at Pattie Beller's Dance Studio. At the age of 19, David directed their troupe to win a national championship with Stage One Dance Competition.  Mr. Long has performed with Quixotic Dance Fusion, the Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka, and most recently Move: the Company in Vancouver, BC. Mr. Long is a well-respected instructor in the Kansas City area. 
Dorio Perez
Dorio Perez has danced professionally for over thirty years. After finishing his studies at the Arts Educational School in London, England, he came to the U.S. He danced three years in the National Ballet in Washington, two years as a soloist in Chicago Ballet and then over twenty three years in Houston Ballet as principal dancer from 1978 until he retired in 1999. Mr. Perez has interpreted over 130 roles in more than 75 different ballets in over 200 cities around the world and staged numerous ballets for companies including American Ballet Theater.
Dr. Jay Decker
Dr. Jay Decker
Dr. Jay Decker Professor Emeritus of Music Wichita State University Jay Decker joined the Wichita State University faculty in 1971 and served as professor of music, conductor of the WSU Symphony Orchestra and Director of String Studies until his retirement in 1998. Concurrently with his duties at WSU he was also the associate conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Ballet Office:  125 N Market, Suite 1531 Wichita, KS 67202   Voice: 316-687-5880   Fax: 316-201-1918
Studio:   1600 W. Douglas  Wichita, KS 67203

Artistic Director: jill.landrith      Executive Director: barbara.chamberlin    
Director of Operations: sandy.wolter