‘Nutcracker’ ballet brings joy, memories to Flint

“The Nutcracker” will be performed this weekend at The Whiting.

“The Nutcracker” will be performed this weekend at The Whiting.

FLINT – Five Flint Township dancers will take the stage when the Flint Institute of Music presents the “Nutcracker” ballet this weekend at The Whiting.

Chelsea Bishop, Allisiah Edwards, Ashton Edwards, Jada Givens and Lily Liu will perform in the holiday classic at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.

The annual production is a collaboration of the FIM, Flint School of Performing Arts, Collage Dance Collective and Flint Symphony Orchestra.

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Flint Institute of Music’s presentation of the “Nutcracker” for the greater Flint community. More than 90 dancers from the central region of Michigan and beyond participate in the production.

Dancers are from Burton, Chesaning, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Holly, Imlay City, Lapeer, Lennon, Mt. Morris, and Swartz Creek.

Guest artists include dancers from Collage Dance Collective, a professional company dedicated to increase diversity in classical ballet.

Flint native Alfred Bruce Bradley, founder of Tapology Tap Dance Festival and co-director of Creative Expressions Dance Studio, rounds out the cast of guest artists. FSPA dancers perform under the artistic direction of Karen Mills Jennings, Collage performs under the director of artistic director Kevin Thomas, and the Flint Symphony Orchestra will be led by guest conductor David Mairs.

The Flint School of Performing Arts is one of the largest community arts schools in the United States, teaching students in music and dance in a welcoming, student-focused environment. FSPA’s Dance Division faculty have earned the high distinction of certification in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. The program combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.

Tickets for these performances are available online or by calling The Whiting Ticket Center at 810-237- 7333 or 1-888-8CENTER. Tickets range from $10 to $31, with a $2 student/ senior discount. — L.R.

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