Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks

A funky twist on a holiday classic

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!

 Special thanks to our 2017 Nutcracker on the Rocks sponsors:

 Full Season Sponsors:

Wipfli, LLP     The Floor Show      Montana Cultural Trust

Montana Television Network - KXLH & KTVH

 Scene Sponsors:

Park Avenue Bakery        Montana Radio Company

 Set Sponsors:

Morrison Maeirle     Holter Museum of Art     Mast Family Dentistry

Quinn Erwin Dental      MT Implants & Periodontics    

Associated Dermatology & Skin Care

Cast Sponsors:

        Action Print       Third Element       Nicholson, Inc      Sugar Salon

    Jeff Swingley - Windermere Real Estate   

Valley Bank      Big Sky Chiropractic     Heller Homes

First Montana Land Title Co       WestMont       Arcadia Acupuncture 

Mossness Wealth Management and Retirement Planning

Trost Wealth Management     Helena Orthodontics

Robyn Culver - Keller Williams Real Estate