Tyler Junior College


Performance Opportunities

The Nutcracker

Nutcracker Event buttonThis year marks the 25th Anniversary of The Nutcracker at TJC. To celebrate this milestone, we will be performing with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra at the UT Tyler Cowan Center. This will be the only Nutcracker in East Texas to include live orchestra accompaniment. Invited to join our cast of over 100 TJC and community performers will be two Principal dancers with the world-famous New York City Ballet, to dance the roles of the Sugar Plum and her Cavalier.

In addition to two public performances with the Symphony, two abbreviated school shows are performed for school age children, home-schooled students, and nursing home residents. These performances educate and enrich community members who may not otherwise get the opportunity to to see live dance and music. The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical music and dance.

Nutcracker Dancers!
For CASTING and REHEARSAL SCHEDULE, please click here.

Nutcracker Performance Dates: December 7th - 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: General public tickets go on sale November 4. Tickets will be available at the Cowan Center Box Office at 903-566-7424 or in person.

  • Premium evening $55
  • Premium matinee $35
  • Adult advanced sale $22
  • Adult at the door $25
  • Child 12 and under, advance sale $16
  • Children at the door $20
  • Second Balcony $10

For information on how to donate to this exciting production, contact Justine Pojanowski, 903-510-2484 or jpoj@tjc.edu


Dancefest is an annual end-of-year production. Dancefest features TJC college dance students and advanced TJC Academy of Dance students in a varied program incorporating ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern choreography.

The first act of the performance includes a portion of a famous classical ballet. The second act of the performance includes a story-line encompassing multiple dance genres.

  • DanceFest Performance Dates: April 25 & 26, 2014, 7:30 PM, Wise Auditorium on the main TJC Campus.
  • Tickets: $5.00 general admission. TJC students free with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the TJC box office (903-510-2672) or at the door. Tickets will be on sale beginning April 7th.

For casting, participation letter, rehearsal schedules, and production week schedule, click here.

Student/Faculty Recital

A forum for students to try their hand at choreography, costume, and lighting design. Mixed evening of works by students and faculty.

  • Student/Faculty Recital Performance Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:30pm
  • Tickets: $5.00 general admission. Students free with ID.

View the Wise Auditorium seating layout here.

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Dance Contact Information

Lara K. Smith
Department Chair
Office: Wise WCA-A

Email: lsmi@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-3242

Advising contact: 903-510-2425