The Steadfast Tin Soldier


Dance Fremont! presents The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet, now in its 20th year.

This delightful story ballet is a family-friendly event that is suitable for all ages.

Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen tale of the same name and performed by over 50 young dancers ages 7-17, the ballet is beautifully choreographed by Vivian Little. Audience members will be enchanted by the dazzling costumes, artfully crafted props and sets and a live ensemble of high school musicians performing a captivating musical score by Kathleen Mills. Verbal story narration and Signing in Exact English (S.E.E.) make the story easy to follow for even the youngest attendees.

Performances are Saturday, December 10, 2:00 and 7:30PM, and Sunday, December 11, 2:00PM.

Tickets are on sale through Brown Paper Tickets, and are $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years.



This year we are delighted to welcome back Josh Spell, formerly of Pacific NW Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, in the role of the Steadfast Tin Soldier! We are VERY excited to have Josh dancing with us again and consider this a very special treat for our audience members! Not to be missed!


Josh Spell is from Beaumont, Texas. In 1998 at the age of 16 he moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet. In 2000 he attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as member of the corps de ballet in 2001. He danced with the Company for ten years. In August 2012 he joined the Kansas City Ballet in Missouri where he danced until his retirement in May 2014.

Mr. Spell danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck, Lysander, Bottom); Todd Bolender’s Nutcracker and Souvenirs; Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge and The Seasons; Lynne Taylor Corbett’s Mercury; Nacho Duato’s Rassemblement; William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow (Pritich) and The Sleeping Beauty(Gold and Silver pas de trois); Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze (Six Dances); Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette (Acolyte, Benvolio); Victoria Morgan’s Cinderella (Stepsister); Mark Morris’ A Garden and Pacific; Brian Reeder’s Lost Language of the Flight Attendant; Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and In the Night; Kent Stowell’s Hail to the Conquering Hero; Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and Opus 111; Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia and William Whitner’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius). He originated leading roles in Kiyon Gaines’ ?{SCHWA} and M-Pulse, Paul Gibson’s The Piano Dance andSense of Doubt, and Olivier Wevers’ Shindig, and he originated a featured role in Christopher Stowell’s Quick Time. He was also featured in Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Prodigal Son, La Sonnambula, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, and La Valse; Caniparoli’s Torque; Nicolo Fonte’s Within/Without; Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries; Donald McKayle’s Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City; Toni Pimble’s Concerto Grosso: Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH; Margo Sappington’s Common People; Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet; Paul Taylor’s Roses; Tharp’sWaterbaby Bagatelles; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance). Mr. Spell is also a certified Pilates instructor and is pursuing a degree in Social Work to counsel individuals with eating disorders.