The magical holiday season comes alive with Ballet Wichita’s The Nutcracker. For over 40 years, we have brought one of the most well-known holiday stories to life through dance. It’s the timeless story of Clara, a lively Nutcracker, a Snow Queen and some mice to help keep audiences on their toes! Held in December to sold-out audiences throughout Kansas, The Nutcracker is our biggest production of the year. Joined by a live performance from the Ballet Wichita Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcracker is a favorite for Wichita audiences every year.

Ballet Wichita is excited to announce the New Nutcracker!  With the addition of Guest Artistic Director Karen Brown and Guest Choreographer Sean McLeod, audiences are in for a surprise fresh take on this classic performance.   Get your tickets today!

Karen Brown  |  Guest Artistic Director

Karen Brown continually seeks opportunities to grow, to learn, to develop new skills and to stretch herself, thus, she accepted the position as Guest Artistic Director of Ballet Wichita in August 2017.  Ms. Brown was reared in Augusta, Georgia as the eldest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Allen N. Brown.  She joined a regional ballet company in her early teens and subsequently became a Principal Ballerina with The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world.  As a cultural ambassador with that organization for 22 years, she toured Canada, North and South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and the Pacific Rim.  Read More…


Sean McLeod |  Director and Choreographer

Sean McLeod is an International Producer, American Choreographer, and President of the New York Institute of Dance & Education in New York. His work spans more than 25 years and three continents including New York City, across the US, and internationally to the West Indies, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Sean is founder of Reaching for Higher Ground Consulting and is Executive Producer of the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival, the New York Dance Festival, and the Global Dance Initiative. Sean is a recipient of the coveted Jefferson Award for Public Service to America founded by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the New York State Liberty Award (the NY Senate’s highest honor), and recently the Cayuga NAACP Trailblazers Medal of Honor. Mr. McLeod was recently inducted into the Auburn Music Hall of Fame, and has personally awarded over 400 thousand dollars to established/emerging artists and promotes talent everywhere he works. He looks forward to bringing some of those scholarship opportunities to Wichita!