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Celebrating local dance studios 20th performance of The Nutcracker

The holidays are here and there are many traditions coming back to grace us with their presence. There is Santa Claus, parties, and in the dance community there is “The Nutcracker.” The inspiration for this ballet was formed through Tchaikovsky’s original music. The ballet was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa in the 1940’s. It was performed first in St. Petersburg, Russia. It soon became a tradition to perform this story in many ballet schools around the world.

The Morristown School of Dance Arts was the first dance school to ever perform a full length Nutcracker in Morristown. This year they are celebrating their 20th anniversary of their first performance. It is directed and choreographed by the studio owner Roxanne Shepard, and her studio instructors Laura Blair, and Jillian Reynolds. This year's Nutcracker is going to be a “mix of all the 20 years combined together” exclaimed Shepard. She wants to incorporate all t