Young students attend Nutcracker ballet dance workshop

Published 11:11 am Monday, January 2, 2012

Students with instructor Sonya Monts and pianist Shane Jenkins. (photo submitted)

Thirteen young students recently attended The Nutcracker Ballet Dance Workshop at The Dancer’s Extension in Saluda.
The students heard the classic story and learned the history of The Nutcracker, basic choreography for some of their favorite parts and characters, and even completed a Nutcracker Christmas tree ornament craft.
Students ranged in age from 4 to 11 and came from all backgrounds of dance experience. Shane Jenkins provided live piano accompaniment during the morning session. During the afternoon session, older students studied choreography from The San Francisco Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker. In addition, Zoe Parsons and Sophie Young earned hours towards their induction in The National Honor Society for Dance Arts by attending this special holiday workshop.
This was the second year The Dancer’s Extension has offered The Nutcracker Ballet Dance Workshop to children in our community. The response has been so positive for both years that this will become an annual event. The Dancer’s Extension offers weekly classes in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. For more information about classes or workshops offered by The Dancer’s Extension, please contact the studio at 828-749-9398 or
– article submitted by Sonya Monts

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