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Nutcracker 40th Anniversary


Dec 7, 2019 to Dec 15, 2019
10:00 AM until 07:00 PM


Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble (RYDE) will celebrate 40 years of bringing the beauty of the Nutcracker to Rockland County this December. The Nanuet based nonprofit organization will celebrate the milestone with a party after the 7pm show on Saturday, December 14th which will include performances by alumni from the past four decades. Many of the alumni from RYDE have gone on to perform on Broadway and across the globe. 


The performances will be held at Rockland Community College Cultural Arts Theatre at 145 College Avenue in Suffern and the celebration will take place on Saturday in the atrium outside the theatre after the 7pm show. Tickets for every performance are reserved seating, $28 preferred seating, all other tickets $25 when purchased online at beginning October 20th, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. Special tickets will be available for those who would like to attend the party. 


RYDE, a nonprofit organization, was founded to offer a forum for students and emerging artists, in dance and theatre, to develop their talents in a fully integrated environment of education and performance. RYDE performers are students ages 7 through 18 who have accomplished high quality performance ability through their studies in the performing arts. RYDE offers an opportunity for children from across the region to participate in the Nutcracker and other performances throughout the year. One of the organization’s goals is to provide opportunities for underserved students as well as nurture creativity, expand skills toward creative problem solving, explore multi-cultural environments and generate confidence and high self-esteem. More information can be found at their website at


At the helm of RYDE is the famed Diane Coupé Frankel, founder of Coupé Theatre Studio based in Nanuet. Coupé performed on Broadway with some of the world’s greatest talents including Barbara Streisand, Angela Lansbury, and Zero Mostel. She founded Coupé Theatre Studio nearly 50 years ago and, along with her staff, has trained thousands of children and adults from around the New York region. Coupé Frankel believes dancers must be versatile to be successful, so her studio offers everything from ballet, pointe, jazz and tap to musical theatre, hip hop, voice and drama.


Nutcracker Performance Dates and Times:

Junior Company: 

Saturday 7th 1pm (Narrated) and 4pm 

Sunday December 8th at 1pm (Narrated)

Senior Company:

Friday December 13th at 7pm (Narrated)

Saturday December 14th at 1pm (Narrated) & 4pm

Saturday December 14th 7pm Performance and Gala Reception to follow; special alumni guest performers to be announced

Sunday December 15th 1pm (Narrated) & 4pm


Tickets for every performance are reserved seating and can be purchased online, or by calling 866-967-8167. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre for $28 cash if the performances are not sold out. 


*Discounted Tickets for Girl Scouts, Special Groups

RYDE offers discounted group tickets ($22) for registered Girl Scouts troops. Tickets must be pre-ordered. For more information, call 845-623-2808. Discounts apply only for registered Girl Scouts. Non-registered adults and others accompanying the troop pay full price.





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145 College Rd
Suffern, NY

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