Marblehead School of Ballet to Hold Free Christmas Walk Activities of Musical Theater and Dance

Marblehead School of Ballet to Hold Free Christmas Walk Activities of Musical Theater and Dance

The Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) celebrates Christmas Walk with a special theater class and a Spanish dance performance open to the public free-of-charge on Saturday, December 2. The school is located at 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Join the Marblehead School of Ballet in Marblehead’s annual holiday parade. After the parade, the public is invited to participate in a Musical Theater class from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the school. Karen Maria Pisani, the former Dance Captain and a performer in the National Touring Company of A Chorus Line under the direction of Michael Bennett, will teach this special offering. The class will be presented free-of-charge for children, tweens, teenagers, and adults. 

Following the Musical Theater class, MSB’s dancers and guest artist and teacher Carlos Fittante will perform Spanish and holiday delights. Fittante, artistic director of BALAM Dance Theatre, dressed in traditional costume, will perform El Vito, with Spanish folk music by Grupo Francisco de Goya. The mid-nineteenth century choreography was staged by Luisa Pericet in Madrid, Spain and Mariano Parra in New York City, with coaching by Barbara Romero. 

MSB’s dancers will perform Marzipan, an excerpt from Nutcracker, with choreography after Petipa staged by Marblehead School of Ballet’s director, Paula K. Shiff.  They will also present the lively Spanish dance, Las Niñas del Pasodoble,with choreography by Fittante and coaching by Shiff. 

Celebrating its 52nd year, the Marblehead School of Ballet, founded in 1971 by Paula K. Shiff, has earned a wide reputation for the excellence of its training and integrity of purpose.  Classical ballet forms the core of teaching with particular emphasis on correct alignment and development of strength and agility.  The sheer pleasure of dance and music is always central to the classroom experience. 

For further information about the program or the school, call 781-631-6262, send an e-mail to or visit  Follow the MSB and the NSCB on Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly known as Twitter) @MSB_ballet.

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