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Balletmore studio in Grand Rapids presents The Nutcracker on December 8, 2013

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The Nutcracker is a classic childhood ballet that has been a holiday tradition for many families for generations. The greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area provides many opportunities to see the tale - from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company to local neighborhood studio productions. If you are looking for a fresh, unique, child-friendly spin of the beloved ballet, you might want to take the kids to see Balletmore Studio's production of The Nutcracker. The 60 minute performance offers something for all ages, even the youngest members of the audience.

A New Nutcracker Story Every Year

For the past six years, East Grand Rapids-based Balletmore Studio has presented a Nutcracker production that captures the main highlights of the classic tale in a 60 minute show and features a new spin on the story so that no one sees the same show two years in a row. Every year, artistic director Melanie Anderson Brossiet, ballet instructor Judith Vanden Bosch, and the Balletmore artistic team rewrite the story in a different way, include new choreography, and showcase dance roles in a unique way. Brossiet allows dancers to have input and sometimes even allows improvisation in the development of the choreography. Even if you have already seen a Nutcracker show this year, Balletmore's Nutcracker will present you with a new take on the story.

The Nutcracker Is About the Magic of Childhood and Girl Power

Balletmore's all girl cast of local students and pre-professionals presents The Nutcracker as one young girl's quest to find inner strength to overcome any challenge and be anything she aspires to be.

"Our version of The Nutcracker is more like a girl's dream. An angel presents her with the nutcracker doll. She fights a mouse queen with the help of an army of girl soldiers. Her nutcracker doll gives her the strength for battle," says Brossiet.

This production also is one of the most child-friendly around due to its time length and the story treatment. The threatening army of mice is a worthy foe in the action-packed battle scene, but not menacing enough to scare younger audience members unlike some productions which present them in a darker light.

Dance Scholarship To Be Given Away to New Students at Nutcracker Show

Balletmore will hold a dance scholarship contest for new students at each performance of The Nutcracker. Children and teens from the audience who are new to Balletmore will be invited to enter a drawing to win a full dance scholarship for free training at Balletmore for Jan-May 2014. A winner will be selected at both the 2pm and 4pm shows.

Balletmore Nutcracker Performance Time and Ticket Information

Balletmore presents The Nutcracker on Sunday, December 8, 2013 in two performances at 2 pm and 4pm at Northview High School's Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center at 4451 Hunsberger NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

Adult tickets are $12 and Child tickets are $7. Tickets are available online at Balletmore's website or at the door.

Cash, credit cards or checks are all accepted as payment methods.

For more information about Balletmore, visit the studio website or call 616-307-3561.

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