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The Indianapolis School of Ballet Welcomes Guest Artists to Dance in The Nutcracker

13 Dec The Indianapolis School of Ballet Welcomes Guest Artists to Dance in The Nutcracker

INDIANAPOLIS, December 13, 2016 – The Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB), a program of the Indianapolis Ballet, Inc., is excited to welcome five guest dancers to the stage when they and Community Health Network present the tenth-anniversary of The Nutcracker, from December 16 – 18 at the Murat Theatre. The featured dancers set to perform with the Indianapolis School of Ballet include Olivia Hartzell, Dustin Layton, Cory Lingner, Jacob Taylor and Noah Trulock.


Olivia Hartzell comes from a prestigious background of ballet training from the Boston Ballet School where she received a Cathryn S. Keith scholarship for her Outstanding Talent. She graduated from the Hamburg Ballet School under the direction of John Neumeier. Her career began with Ballet du Capitole Toulouse and later joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders. In 2014, she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet. She has danced in numerous soloist and principal roles throughout her career and has also served as a faculty member at Ballet Chicago. This is Ms. Hartzell first time performing with ISB and will be dancing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy.


This is also the first time for Dustin Layton to be dancing with ISB. His impressive career spans beyond ballet to Broadway where he’s performed in An American in Paris and The Phantom of The Opera. He also has experience in both classical and contemporary works as a principal dancer with the North Carolina Dance Theatre. Mr. Layton will be dancing the role of Cavalier in ISB’s The Nutcracker.


A familiar face to ISB attendees is Cory Lingner. Mr. Lingner has danced for ISB on several occasions including as recently as May 2016 when he danced in the excerpt Liza from Who Cares? A native of Indianapolis, Mr. Lingner now resides in New York City where he has taken part in several Broadway and Off Broadway productions including On The Town, An American in Paris, and Once Upon A Mattress. He has also made appearances on the Tony Awards, the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, the Today Show, and Saturday Night Live. Mr. Lingner will be dancing the roles of Soldier Doll and Russian Trepak in ISB’s The Nutcracker.


It’s been a little longer since Jacob Taylor has taken the stage with ISB, but he is not a stranger to the School. Since his last role with ISB in 2012, Mr. Taylor has been keeping busy as a guest artist for the Colorado Ballet, Christopher Caines Dance, FJK Dance and Boulder Ballet where he received his formative training. He also pursued his training at summer programs at American Ballet Theater, the School of American Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Kaatsbaan, and Perry Mansfield. He is a graduate of the Ballet Performance Program at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he also studied dance pedagogy and was commissioned to choreograph the Opera Cendrillion for the music department. Mr. Taylor will be dancing the role of Snow King in ISB’s The Nutcracker.


While relatively new to ISB, Noah Trulock has taken part in recent productions the school has performed during Indy Fringe and Penrod Arts Fair. Mr. Trulock is well known to Indianapolis dance audiences seen at Dance Kaleidoscope where he is currently a company member. He began his performing career with the Cavaliers drum and bugle corps at age 15 and has toured for several seasons with the Cavalers and Phantom Regiment performing in featured roles across the country. He studied dance at Indiana University through the Contemporary Dance Program. Mr. Trulock will be dancing the role of Nutcracker and Chinese Tea in ISB’s The Nutcracker.


ISB is performing its timeless production of the two-act ballet with the world-renowned Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO), for the first time in their history, and is excited to welcome all five guest artists and the ISO in celebrating the School’s tenth-anniversary of The Nutcracker. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at, or by visiting the box office in the Old National Centre on 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN. Special pricing is available for students and seniors.