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The Pennsylvania Ballet Academy Prepares for “Nutcracker Sweets”

CAMP HILL, Pa. (WPMT) — A local ballet academy is putting their spin on a Christmas classic. The students and staff of the Pennsylvania Ballet Academy were…

CAMP HILL, Pa. (WPMT) — A local ballet academy is putting their spin on a Christmas classic.

Pennsylvania Ballet Academy students and staff prepare for their performance of “Nutcracker Sweets.”

The show is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at the Pollock Performing Arts Center in Camp Hill.

There are still tickets available. The price for adults is $25; the price for seniors and children is $15.

Academy students and instructors spent two months training for the show.

“We come home, we do a two-hour lesson to start the day. (We) continue with a few hours of rehearsals then we end the evening around 8 or 9 p.m., ”says Siméon Beaurline, student in the pre-professional section at the academy.

Beaurline plays the role of Nutcracker.

It’s a role he’s played before, but he’s still excited this time around because of some changes that were made by the staff.

“It’s definitely a good opportunity to excel (in) what I’ve worked so hard on over the past few years. Each performance is a new springboard and a new learning experience,” said Beaurline.

The Pennsylvania Ballet Academy opened in September 2017.

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Artistic director Vanessa Zahorian, who danced for 20 years at the San Francisco Ballet, said the academy was specialized.

“Our school is all about individuality and a focus on small classes and deep corrections, classical work and technique,” ​​Zahorian said.

The academy offers a wide range of classes, including point, pre-ballet for ages 3-18, contemporary classes, an adult program, and a special needs program.

Zahorian said the special needs program is a change to give everyone the opportunity to dance.

“(They) put their hand on the bar, do movements with their arms and legs or if they’re in a wheelchair, they can listen to music and incorporate their body,” Zahorian said.

This is the second year the academy has presented “Nutcracker Sweets”.

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“Depending on the range of students and what they can technically do, we’ll create it every year depending on who we have,” Zahorian said.

This year, 50 students will be on stage with a mix of classical and contemporary dance.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Ballet Academy, click here.