The Green Mountain Nutcracker Artistic Team
Choreographers & Dancers
Christine Harris performed in several classic versions of the Nutcracker with the Staten Island Ballet as well as with the SUNY Purchase Dance Company. In 2007 she had a vision to create a close to home and down to earth variation on the Nutcracker. Christine was also searching for a way to share her passion for dance as a performing art with the local communities. Through the years the Green Mountain Nutcracker has become an amazing annual production created with and supported by the Moving Light Dance Community as well as the greater community of Central Vermont. Christine feels the Green Mountain Nutcracker is a tribute to the beauty of Vermont and its people.
Avi Waring has been choreographing and performing in the Green Mountain Nutcracker since 2009. She saw Moving Light’s performance in 2008 and was so happy to see a new and fresh take on the Nutcracker story that she knew she wanted to be a part of it! She has since coerced her entire family to join the cast and now The Green Mountain Nutcracker is her family’s yearly tradition!
Willow Wonder has been a co-choreographer of the Green Mountain Nutcracker since it’s inception in 2007. So much joy and excitement went into the creation of this original work. As a child, seeing the San Francisco Ballet perform the Nutcracker inspired me to choose dance. The Tchaikovsky score kept me dancing in the living room for hours. To be a part of creating my own version years later has been a great honor. At this point, putting it all together is mostly just pure fun. Working with Christine, Avi and all the other talented people who make it happen is kind of like the first act, a big party. And to see those bright faces of the performers young and old is a great feeling. Long live The Green Mountain Nutcracker!
Joe John is an artist, set designer and builder who worked in New York for Public TV and has helped many other artists with their projects, from Paul Zalooms puppet stages, Macneil Lehrer news rooms to the Moving Light’s Nutcracker.
Colin McCaffrey is a composer, songwriter and record producer from East Montpelier. Consistently producing award winning records from his home studio, Colin stays busy working with artists and bands and has played contradance music for decades in New England and across the country.