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'The Nutcracker' opens with new scenery in second act

07 December 2017

Inspire Dance Centre is a classical ballet based school in Gresham, and its performance of "An Evening with the Nutcracker" is one of its biggest events of the year.

In addition to the St. Paul's Ballet Company, there will be 11 local angels on stage, featuring St. Paul's faculty members' children, and students from Shaker Road School, Christa McAuliffe School and St. John Regional School.

This year, he is rethinking Clara's dream, in which she travels with the Nutcracker Prince through the land of the candies.

"They make a commitment to be in the ballet company for the whole year", Howard said. Once again, "Nutcracker" is waltzing into the Koger Center for the Arts with six performances Saturdays and Sundays from December 9-17.

"I would dream I was up there", Dienes said.

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Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron.

The Columbia City Ballet's first full production of "Nutcracker" was in 1967, but they aren't exactly sticking to a script.

For a few surprises, keep your eyes pinned for clues that tie the story together, like a giant bouquet placed on a table reminiscent of the Waltz of the Flowers, or a maid trying to catch a rat that might show up later to battle a toy soldier.

There are 150 local children in the cast.


But Fanney said the most important component is how the audience, dancers and organizers will all be understanding. "I've had parents come to me and say 'If it weren't for you, we wouldn't be able to go as a family'".

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Not in Columbia? Not a problem.


For the second year, the International Ballet Academy will be holding its sensory-friendly Nutcracker on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1 PM. "It is a special show, which is why our performers come back every year", Svodoba said. "We really get a tour through the United Nations. And what's better than dreaming of being in the land of the candies?"

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $18 and available at the New Jersey Dance Center, 202 Maplewood Ave., Monday 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 noon.

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'The Nutcracker' opens with new scenery in second act