Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks

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Sign up to audition for Cohesion Dance Project's 7th Annual Nutcracker on the Rocks! Whether you’ve danced for years or only in the confines of your living room, this is the show for you!  Join the energy and excitement of this rockin' community cast. Welcoming adults and youth, ages 7 and up, of all skill levels and physical abilities, including those with disabilities. No dance experience is required. Have fun, make new friends, be inspired, and dance your heart out this Fall.

Returning cast members click HERE to sign up for your slot.

New cast members please call (406)422-0830 to sign up.

Performed every Thanksgiving weekend at the Helena Civic Center, this community based, rock-n-roll rendition of the classic holiday tale features music the likes of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and Janis Joplin, along with a roaring Harley Davidson on stage! One exciting scene after another showcases a unique and energetic fusion of dancers and dance styles as audiences are taken on a thrilling journey through the decades, including the roaring 20’s, a sock hop of the 50’s, and flower power of the 60’s.

Artistically blending beginners to professionals in creative partnerships and energetic collaborations this powerful performance seamlessly weaves people of all abilities, including those dancing from their wheelchairs, into the fabric of the choreography.

Exhilarated audiences have experienced heart-warming joy and tears of inspiration upon witnessing the diversity of the cast, the energy leaping out from the stage, and the visions of unlimited possibilities.

Originating in Albuquerque, NM, and performed there for 20 years, Helena now holds the prestigious honor of being the only location where this innovative production is staged.

A funky twist on a holiday classic

Logo graphics for Shira Greenberg's Nutcracker on the Rocks

Created by Shira Greenberg, Artistic Director of Keshet Dance Company  in Albuquerque, NM, the Montana production first performed in Helena in 2013 and is now an annual favorite at the Helena Civic Center over Thanksgiving weekend.

This unique community based, rock-n-roll rendition of the traditional Nutcracker features the music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and more, while taking audiences on thrilling journey through the decades.  One exciting scene after another showcases a unique and energetic fusion of dancers and dance styles, including its particularly inspiring Snow Scene, highlighting creative partnerships and collaborations between dancers of all abilities, including several with disabilities dancing from their wheelchairs or using other forms of assistance.


Open auditions for Nutcracker on the Rocks take place in early September, welcoming beginners to professionals, ages 7-adult, of all abilities. Audition sign-ups begin mid August.  Watch for more details to come!

The Nutcracker and the Rat Queen from Nutcracker on the Rocks leap with one leg behind them as they face off for their first battle.
A group of long-haired, pattern clad 60's folk reach their hands to the sky in a fading spotlight
Madame Drosselmeier rides on to stage during the party scene on the back of a black Harley Davidson

Thanks to our Generous 2018 Sponsors

Full Season Sponsors

The Floor Show
Montana Cultural Trust

Scene Sponsors

Big Sky Retirement
Montana Radio Company - Morrison-Maierle
Wipfli CPAs and Consultants
Element L Design - Windermere Real Estate
Montana Television Network - Nine

Set Sponsors

Holter Museum of Art - Mast Laser Dentistry
MT Implants & Periodontics
Delta Hotels by Marriott - Taylor Luther Group, PLLC

Cast Sponsors

American Chemet Corporation
Action Print - Ascension Physical Therapy
Associated Dental Care of Helena - Big Sky Chiropractic
Boxwoods Fit Form - Helena Orthodontics - Heller Homes, Inc.
McDantim Nicholson, Inc - Quinn Erwin Dental - The Drake Law Firm
Jeff Swingley–Windermere Real Estate - The Pan Handler - Graveley Ranch
Trost Wealth Management - Mosness Wealth Management & Retirement Planning
Third Element - Valley Bank - West Mont