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Ballet Chelsea’s The Nutcracker, a Success; Gershwin & Giselle Set for April

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank D&B Strategic Marketing for the information in this story.)

Ballet Chelsea’s production of The Nutcracker held at the George E. Potter Center in Jackson, was enjoyed by almost sold out crowds for its four performances.

The production dazzled with gorgeous scenery, beautifully designed costumes, and colorful characters. Eighty-three company dancers, and more than 15 returning alumni made Tchaikovsky’s score sparkle with the addition of live accompaniment from the Jackson Symphony Orchestra.

“This 25th year was especially poignant, a career highlight,” said Wendi DuBois, artistic director said in a press release. “Everyone’s performance was extraordinary; it was an absolutely breathtaking production. The audiences’ joy was palpable, magical, and electric. Ballet Chelsea extends heartfelt gratitude to the community for their unswaying support. The symbiotic relationship between all creative aspects of the production came together in an ethereal way resulting in a truly magical experience.” 

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The atmosphere at the Potter Center was filled with joy. Small children were dressed in their holiday clothing and enjoyed the return of the Sugar Plum Tea for storytime, photos with the Nutcracker characters, and running to take a peek at musicians and dancers as they warmed up.

Alumni from Ballet Chelsea’s 25-year history joined in the celebration, dancing in the production, watching from the audience, and returning to the studio to take classes.

Up next for Ballet Chelsea is Gershwin & Giselle. The program combines the best of classical and contemporary ballet. You are invited to surrender your heart as Ballet Chelsea dancers perform Act II Giselle, and celebrate George Gershwin’s musical legacy — as dancers bring his music to life through dynamic and original choreography by Wendi DuBois.

Shows will be April 29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m. at Chelsea High School. Tickets will go on sale in March.

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Ballet Chelsea relies on the support of its friends, followers, students, and donors to create world-class productions and provide quality adaptive dance and assisted living outreach programs.

If anyone is interested in underwriting a portion of production expenses or donating to Ballet Chelsea’s community-driven programs, please visit the website at www.balletchelsea.org to learn more.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Ballet Chelsea’s mission is to build strong individuals through high-caliber training and performance excellence while giving back to the community that supports us through arts education and outreach.

The mission of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School is to provide music education of the highest quality to persons of all ages in Jackson and the surrounding communities.

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