WIDT Performances & Events

Island Dance Recital

Saturday, June 17, 2017

More info TBA


Benefit Dinner at the Roaming Radish

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6:00pm @ Roaming Radish
5417 Crawford Road, Langley


The Nutcracker

December 8-17, 2017

All showings at the Performing Arts Center
South Whidbey High School
5675 South Maxwelton
Langley, WA 98260



Past News

Click on the links below to take you to previous articles featuring Whidbey Island Dance Theatre!

Dancers Kelsey Lampe and Sierra Schallock practice a contemporary dance move with professional dancer Joy Spears. — Image Credit: Grace Swanson Photo

Island dancers train with stars

South Whidbey Record

May 21, 2016

Island Dance owner Charlene Brown teaches a dance step to students, a handful of thousands she’s instructed over the past three decades. Her business turns 30 this year.— Image Credit: Grace Swanson Photo

Island Dance hits 30-year mark

South Whidbey Record

March 25, 2016

Tessa Sherman, Niki Greene, Kelsey Lampe and Skyylynn Lippo perform their award-winning dance, “Mind Heist,” with a final move displaying their strength and grace during a recent rehearsal at Island Dance. — Image Credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

You can’t spell emotion without motion

South Whidbey Record

January 26, 2016

Faith O'Brochta and fellow 'Giselle' dancers practice choreography during a brief impromptu rehearsal Monday evening following their modern dance class. The girls put on their ballet attire over their modern dance clothes. — Image Credit: Kate Daniel / The Record

Whidbey Island Dance Theatre presents "Giselle"

South Whidbey Record

April 18, 2015

Dancers perform during the 2013 season of 'The Nutcracker' by Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. — Image Credit: Photo Courtesy Of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre

Winter classic 'The Nutcracker' returns

South Whidbey Record

October 4, 2014

Madyson Hunter and Faith O'Brochta rehearse a company dance piece by choreographer Aaron Cash to be performed Feb. 28, and March 1-2. — Image Credit: Celeste Erickson / The Record

Island Dance leaps into contemporary for combined performance

South Whidbey Record

February 24, 2014

Choreographer Aaron Cash directs Kiana Henny and Madyson Hunter during a rehearsal at Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. — Image Credit: Celeste Erickson / The Record

Student dancers learn from professional at Island Dance

South Whidbey Record

February 8, 2014

Faith O'Brochta, as Clara, watches as the epic battle between the Nutcracker and Rat King unfolds during rehearsal of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre's production of 'The Nutcracker.'— Image Credit: Celeste Erickson / The Record

Whidbey ballet presents enchanting performance

South Whidbey Record

December 13, 2013

Caitlin Christensen, Elliauna Madsen, William Christopher, Christine Monaghan, and Faith O'Brochta are the stars of the Cinderella production. — Image Credit: Michael Stadler Photo

Whidbey Island Dance Theatre showcases versatility

South Whidbey Record

April 22, 2013

WIDT alumna Raelani Kesler, here performing 'This Bitter Earth,' choreographed by alumna Jamee Pitts, will perform at the Evening with the Stars.— Image Credit: Michael Stadler Photo

Auction helps Whidbey Island Dance Theatre stars shine bright

South Whidbey Record

February 17, 2013

Visiting artists, alumni, boost Island Dance's 'Nutcracker'

South Whidbey Record

December 12, 2012

'Nutcracker' magic stretches across Whidbey Island

Whidbey News-Times

December 14, 2012

This is a picture of the original cast members of 'The Nutcracker' taken 20 years ago. Jamee Brown (Pitts), the littlest mouse, is now a major choreographer for the 20th anniversary production that debuts Friday. All original cast members are invited to a matinee Sunday.— Image Credit: Photo Courtesy Of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre


South Whidbey's Nutcracker turns 20

South Whidbey Record

December 4, 2012

Pictured is the original cast of 'The Nutcracker.' The kneeling girl is Amy Berto, current Whidbey Island Dance Theatre assistant artistic director. WIDT Archive photo.

The original 'Nutcracker' cast

South Whidbey Record

November 23, 2012

Fisticuffs break out in this scene from 'The Nutcracker.' Photo by Michael Stadler.

'Nutcracker' originals sought for free show on South Whidbey

South Whidbey Record

November 13, 2012

South Whidbey's first 'Nutcracker' was performed 20 years ago, in part by the above characters. WIDT file photo.

'Nutcracker' helpers from 20 years ago sought

South Whidbey Record

October 30, 2012

Kelsey Lampe, of Oak Harbor, will dance as a village maiden and faerie in WIDT's 'Cinderella.' Michael Stadler, Stadler Studios, photo.

Family magic comes to Whidbey Island Dance Theatre

Whidbey News-Times

March 30, 2012

Faith, 14, and Tyler, 16, O'Brochta, of Coupeville, dance various parts, including Tyler as the giant sea turtle and dragon and Faith as a snowflake and faerie. The O'Brochta family has been involved in 'Nutcracker' for approximately 10 years and their grandpa, Frank O'Brochta, will dance the role of Clara's grandfather for his 11th year. Not pictured are Kelsey Lampe, 13, of Oak Harbor, a new member of WIDT's Junior Company. She dances various parts in WIDT's 'Nutcracker.' Also from Oak Harbor is Ariana Fielding-Trueb, an advanced dancer new to WIDT. From Coupeville is Skyylynn Lippo, 11. She's the youngest member of WIDT's Junior Company. — Image Credit: Contributed Photo

Whidbey Island Dance Theatre's 19th 'Nutcracker'

Whidbey News-Times

December 11, 2011

Dancers from Whidbey Island Dance Theatre will present three performances of 'Cinderella' at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 8. The WIDT 2010-11 dancers are Weslee Doucette, Avery Grant, Madyson Hunter, Kiana Henny, Caitlin Christensen, Amy Arand, Sayaka Yokota, Elliauna Madsen and Faith O'Brochta. (Not pictured: Emily Doucette, Christine Monaghan.) Photo by Michael Stadler.

'Cinderella' takes the stage at SWHS

South Whidbey Record

April 28, 2011

Former Whidbey Island Dance Theatre company members Andrea Burr, Katelyn Candelario, Chelsea Matthews-Jensen and Amanda Burr all played 'Clara' in the island's 'The Nutcracker.' - Photo courtesy of Susan Sandri

Get your 'Nutcracker' tickets while they last

Whidbey News-Times

November 19, 2010

Former Whidbey Island Dance Theatre company members Andrea Burr, Katelyn Candelario, Chelsea Matthews-Jensen and Amanda Burr all played 'Clara' in the island's 'The Nutcracker.' - Photo courtesy of Susan Sandri

Passions run deep with 'The Nutcracker'

South Whidbey Record

Dec 30, 2009

Grace Swanson as the Rose Faerie, Sayaka Yokota as the Faerie Queen, Avery Grant as the Snow Queen and Juliana Brielle Nolen as Clara in Whidbey Island Dance Theatre's 17th annual production of

Local 'Nutcracker' wows 'em again

South Whidbey Record

Dec 16, 2009

South Whidbey High School junior Sayaka Yokota will dance the Sugarplum pas de deux with Benjamin Koehl in WIDT's 17th season of

Lots of fresh spice in this Christmas 'cracker

South Whidbey Record

Dec 9, 2009

Dancers Avery Grant and Raelani McLean Kesler work with international dance star Aaron Cash on 'The Reckoning,' a dance he created for Whidbey Island Dance Theater.— Image Credit: David Welton / The Record

Dance star creates piece expressly for local dancers

South Whidbey Record

January 14, 2009

Misha Flem dances the magical part of the Doll while Grace Swanson, as Clara, looks on. The holiday classic returns to the South End on Dec. 5. — Image Credit: Photo Courtesy Of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre - michael stadler photo

Whidbey Island's own 'Nutcracker'

South Whidbey Record

November 22, 2008

Raelani McLean Kesler dances a contemporary piece in last year's Dance & Choreography Showcase.— Image Credit: Randall Leese Photo

Let me count the ways

South Whidbey Record

April 16, 2008

Clockwise from right front, Hailey Way, Sarah Styke, Amy Arand, Jenna Wild and Emily Jones reach for inspiration during rehearsals for the Dean Speers choreographed “Songs of Auvergne.” — Image Credit: Cynthia Woolbright

Whidbey Dance Theatre showcases choreography

South Whidbey Record

May 2005




The Dance of Life

South Whidbey Record

May 2004

Katelyn Candelario, 17, a senior principal dancer with Whidbey Dance Theatre performing the role of the Snow Queen rehearses a Pas de Deux with guest artist Bryon Brill, 19, at Island Dance studios this week. This is Candelario’s fifth and possibly final “Nutcracker” performance with the company as she will graduate from South Whidbey High School in June. — Image Credit: Cynthia Woolbright



South Whidbey Record

December 2004

Madame Bumble (J.T. Madsen) floats high above a ring of tiny dancers in a scene from Whidbey Dance Theatre’s “Nutcracker” which continues this week.— Image Credit: Cynthia Woolbright

Nutcracker’ warms up winter with vibrant dance

South Whidbey Record

December 2004

Carl Massey and Kate Yates, starring as the Nutcracker Prince and Clara in Whidbey Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Saturday, look around at the dream world of the Snow Queen.— Image Credit: Matt Johnson

More dancing completes ‘Nutcracker’

South Whidbey Record

December 2003

There is barely elbow room in the Whidbey Dance Theatre costume shop for costume mistress Gretchen Jacobsen Lee as she combs through some of the almost 150 costumes she must help prepare for this season’s production of “The Nutcracker.”— Image Credit: Cynthia Woolbright

A Dance to Dress For

South Whidbey Record

December 2003


Whidbey Dance Theater may join national ranks

South Whidbey Record

May 2001


Updated 'Nutcracker' is a South Whidbey original

South Whidbey Record

December 2000

'The Nutcracker' returns

Whidbey News-Times

November 29, 2000

Whidbey Dance Theatre presents Sketches of Spring

South Whidbey Record

March 20, 2000

Whidbey Dance Theatre's 'Nutcracker' reviewed

South Whidbey Record

December 8, 1999