Families to dance together in local production of ‘The Nutcracker’

It’s all in the family at the Ballet Arte Academy of Classical Ballet in Solana Beach. Two local families — parents and their children — will be dancing together on-stage for Ballet Arte’s classic seasonal ballet “The Nutcracker.”

Brian and Nicole Warkentien, and Takumi and Kyono Morin will dance in the Act 1 ‘Party Scene” alongside their parents, Karl and Ellen Warkentien, and Naomi and Olivier Morin, who are cast as “parents” in the festive opening scene. The parents are thrilled to be able to share the stage with their children, who are all students at the Ballet Arte school. Not only do they have the opportunity to observe their dancers close-up, but to also have this exciting experience to share for years to come.

Ballet Arte’s “The Nutcracker” will be held Sat., Dec 22, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla. For tickets or more information, visit

Ballet Arte Academy of Classical Ballet is located at 742, Genevieve St., Ste. R, Solana Beach; 858-259-5505;