Area dancers to perform annual Nutcracker ballet in Barrington

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Photos by Rich Dionne Dancers Yalith Axelson,12, and Isaiah Maness,13, of Barrington dance the parts of Clara and the Nutcracker during rehearsal for Ballet Prestige's 2013 performance of The Nutcracker.

Photos by Rich Dionne
Yalith Axelson,12, and Isaiah Maness,13, of Barrington dance the parts of Clara and the Nutcracker during rehearsal for Ballet Prestige’s 2013 performance of The Nutcracker, on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, at St. Andrews school auditorium. Both performances begin at 3 p.m.

BARRINGTON—When the curtain rises on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 at St. Andrews school auditorium, Ballet Prestige’s performance of the Nutcracker will be a bittersweet dance for some of the students, as it will be the last time they get to perform the annual classic with their school.

With dancers ranging in age from 5 to 18 years, performing in the Nutcracker is a progression, with each year bringing new challenges and new roles for the performers.

Bristol residents Isoke Samuel and Thomas Curran rehearse for the Nutcracker performance.

Bristol residents Isoke Samuel and Thomas Curran rehearse for the Nutcracker performance.

“The story is always the same. The choreography is different,” said Vera Kurmasheva, who, along with her husband, Zhanat Baidaralin, owns the school.

After moving to the United States from Kazikstan 12 years ago, the couple brought its love for ballet to Bristol and then expanded its school in Barrington. Since then, the Nutcracker has been a much anticipated performance by the students and audiences alike.

For Isaiah Maness of Barrington, this will be his first performance in the role of the Nutcracker. But at 13 years old, the dancer is already a seasoned veteran of the art.

“It’s challenging,” he said of the role he’s been rehearsing since September. “My goal is to have a happy crowd at the end of the performance and to have fun performing.”

Both performances begin at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on-line at BalletPrestige.com.

 

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