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Nutcracker performers pliť their way into hearts

By Lacy Hilliard

On Friday, December 12 the East Tennessee Youth Ballet performed The Nutcracker for local school children at Heritage Hall. The free matinee performances held for Johnson County School students catered to over 750 children. The event concluded with a stunning evening performance that most certainly put everyone in the holiday spirit for even Ebenezer Scrooge would have to crack a smile at the sugar plum fairies in all their glorious elegance.

The East Tennessee Youth Ballet is the performing company of the East Tennessee Ballet Academy. The academy is located in Elizabethton, however the Youth Ballet travels throughout the Tri-Cities area performing for audiences of all ages. The academy is under the direction of Cynthia Bernshausen who has worked for various ballets throughout the United States and boasts an impressive resume. The Youth Ballet is by audition only and itís clear through the artistry and technique displayed on the stage that these talented kids live, eat, and breathe ballet. With amazing focus and captivating elegance, the East Tennessee Youth Ballet pliťd their way into the hearts of the Heritage Hall audience for the second year in a row.  More...


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