Local dancers share thoughts on performing in “The Nutcracker”

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“I’m excited to be in the Nutcracker this year because I will be able to perform two new parts as a party girl and petit fleur,” Thaxton said.

The perfect family outing to get you into the holiday spirit, BalletForte’s “The Nutcracker” will show at the Stafford Centre,10505 Cash Road in Stafford, starting Dec. 8.

Directed by Michael Banigan and Dianne Jarrell, BalletForte provides a training ground and professional quality performance opportunities for serious dancers from the Greater Houston area — and Richmond’s Anneliese VanDagna, 12, is a serious dancer.

VanDagna was introduced to ballet when she was a little more than 2 years old by her aunt at Slater’s Dance Studio in Annapolis, Maryland.

She’s also danced with The Midstate Ballet Company in York, Pennsylvania, where she performed in their version of “The Nutcracker” for two years and in a Hip Hop Nutcracker in 2014.

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