M'Lanie Hunter Dance to perform Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 8 and 9

M'Lanie Hunter Dance to perform Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 8 and 9

The Northeast Dance Center will hold performances December 16 and 17 at 1 p.m.at the Methuen Performing Arts Center, 1 Ranger Road, Methuen. Megan Dickinson, formerly with Pennsylvania Ballet, will perform the role of Sugar Plum Fairy; Richard Villaverde, from BalletX in Philadelphia, Penn., will perform the role of Nutcracker Prince; and John Frazer, a dancer with Ballet Idaho, will perform the role of Herr Drosselmeyer.

Erin Gonzales of Thousand Oaks will perform the role Sat., Dec. 16.

- Students from M'Lanie Hunter Dance will be performing "The Nutcracker" ballet at Washingtonville High School on Friday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 9, at noon.

There will also be Nutcracker Tea with Clara following the December 9 Nutcracker performance. The Eugene Ballet Company will perform its concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the LaSells Stewart Center.

"In The Nutcracker I get to enjoy my love for ballet and Christmas in the same performance".

The dancers are students of the Pre-Professional Training Platform Program at California Dance Theatre.

Classes consist primarily of classical ballet but also include jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern and stretch and strength.

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Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron.

She noted that she's spent a lot of time working on dancing but that it is finally paying off.

She has competed in the Youth American Grand Prix and attended summer programs with Boston Ballet and Ballet West.

Outside of dance she is the treasurer in her school's Associated Student Government class. Her goal is to attend a university dance program or conservatory and then join a contemporary ballet company after graduation.

Erin's previous "Nutcracker" roles have been Star, Lady Licorice, Peppermint Princess, Gumdrop and Snow.

Here are details about each production, so viewers can decide which one (or both) they would like to see. Marie and her younger brother Franz arrive at home, where their immigrant mother-a sculptress of modest means-designs the seminal masterpiece that will preside over the Fair.

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