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The Second Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker

The following was sent to us by Tara Carter:

A new local holiday tradition, The Alexandria Community Nutcracker, will run for three nights the first week of December (2nd, 3rd, and 4th), with an additional matinee performance on Saturday the 4th all performed in the West Potomac High School Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. The Alexandria Community Nutcracker is an original full length community Nutcracker choreographed by local dance teachers Gennifer Lisenby, Courtney Betzel, and Adrienne Magnuson and featuring the West Potomac Dance Academy and many other young dancers from the community. Approximately 100 dancers from the Alexandria area attended the audition with great enthusiasm. Auditioning dancers ranged in age from four to adult. Local schools represented in the production include St. Luke’s Day School, Aldersgate Preschool, Hollin Meadows Math and Science, Fort Hunt ES, Waynewood ES, Belle View ES, Stratford Landing ES, Washington Mill ES, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Browne Academy, St. Louis, St. Mary’s, Carl Sandburg MS, and West Potomac HS. Teaming up for the performance will be dancers from The West Potomac Dance Academy under the direction of Mrs. Courtney Betzel. This performance tells the traditional story of the Nutcracker with a little modern twist with newly recomposed music in Act II. Our performance will include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, gymnastics, and lyrical.