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Wayne Post
  • Western New York Ballet to perform 'The Nutcracker' this weekend in Spencerport

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  • Join Western New York Ballet for this season's holiday classic, The Nutcracker, as the Rochester region's most dedicated young professional ballet dancers take you on a journey through the world of Clara and The Land of Sweets. See this international classic from award-winning performers from Western New York Ballet, Rochester's premiere classical youth ballet company.
    Last spring, seven students from Odasz Dance Theatre placed high enough in the Youth America Grand Prix to be invited to compete in the finals in New York City. The students danced at the Grand Defile — a specially choreographed piece for the YAGP participants, which was performed at the Closing Night Gala at Lincoln Center. The Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world's largest student ballet and contemporary dance competition for students ages 9-19. Over 6,000 students compete annually and approximately 300 score high enough to compete at the NYC finals in April.
    These amazing dancers — who are mostly under the age of 16 — will be performing The Nutcracker on December 14-15 at the Spencerport High School Performing Arts Center. The Saturday show is at 7 p.m., and the Sunday show will be at 2 p.m. The Western New York Ballet is the only Classical Youth Ballet in Rochester and is the Rochester Dance World’s best kept secret. Jessica Odasz opened Odasz Dance Theatre while still a junior in college. Odasz Dance Theatre is located at 25 Arcampus Drive, in the town of Greece. The dancers, from all over Monroe County, train six days a week and have continuously achieved the highest scores at local and regional competitions.
    Ticket cost is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. Part of the Western New York Ballet Company’s Mission Statement is to bring the arts to underserved communities and so a block of free tickets will be given to senior citizens in independent living and Rochester city school students.
    Previous performances have included 'Hansel & Gretel,' 'Vivaldi's Four Seasons,' 'Pas de Quatre,' 'Peter and the Wolf,' 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' and excerpts from classical ballets including 'Swan Lake,' 'Raymonda,' 'Don Quixote,' 'Flames of Paris,' 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Le Corsaire,' and 'Giselle.' The 2013 season opened with 'Paquita' at RIT's Panara Theatre.
    For more information, contact Bonnie Abrams at meshugeok@aol.com

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