Belding dancers part of ‘Nutcracker’ production


By Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 10:19 am on Monday, December 12, 2011

The Mice Army, which includes Grace Verdun of Dynamic Dance Studio in Belding, challenges Clara for the Nutcracker during rehearsal for the West Michigan Youth Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker." Courtesy Photo

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Youth Ballet is celebrating its fifth season with the complete ballet production of “The Nutcracker.”
The ballet company has more than 90 youth ages 8 to 18 from 12 West Michigan dance studios, including Dynamic Dance Studio in Belding, involved in the production.
The ballet will be hosting a Sugar Plum and Clara drawing. Two winners at each performance will join Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy on stage and receive a special gift.
Winners also get to pose for a picture with Clara or the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Thomas Morrell, artistic director for the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre, worked with the youth ballet for the local production.
Morrell founded the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre. He is also founder and director of Ballet Royale de Courtiers, a Renaissance court dance ensemble.
Youth ballet performances of “The Nutcracker” are 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hills Ave. SE, Grand Rapids.
Reserved tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger available by calling (616) 682-4853. Visit www. wmyb.org for more information.

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