December 21, 2016
Company dancer John Welker is retiring after 22 years at the end of this year's run of Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker. You can still see him one last time at one of the remaining performances! Click here for more information on his scheduled shows.
You will also want to read the amazing press coverage on John's retirement that cover some of his numerous career highlights!
Click here for ArtsATL's "Preview: For revered Atlanta Ballet dancer John Welker, the 'Nutcracker' is the grand finale."
"Welker has been such an Atlanta Ballet fixture, an expressive star who has commanded countless lead roles as the company’s primary male dancer, that it’s hard to believe that Nutcracker, opening December 9 and running through December 24 at the Fox Theatre, will mark his final performances."
Click here for The Atlanta Journal Constitution's "Ballet departures, Exposed festival mark eventful year of dance."
Click here for The Marietta Daily Journal's "'The Nutcracker' returns with a bang, retirement."
"'As an 11-year-old boy, I can remember the awe and exhilaration I felt just being in the theatre. The boundaries of possibility opened to me. My world became larger. And while it was exhilarating and slightly scary, I always felt excitement to be in the midst of the greatness and grandeur of my dreams.'"