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Dec. 2, 2016

 

Broad Ripple's Nutcracker  

 

If you’re ready for a festive celebration
of the arts, look no further than Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts
and Humanities. Our talented students in the Dance Department are fine-tuning
their skills in rehearsals for their annual performance of “The Nutcracker”!

 

“We continue to provide and educate
students with the classics,” said Broad Ripple dance instructor Nicole Hargro.
“And ‘The Nutcracker,’ you can’t get any more classic than that. That’s what we
do here at Broad Ripple, is provide students with the things they can take with
them to the professional world — knowledge, know-how and professionalism.”

 

This year’s “Nutcracker,” which will be
performed Dec. 7, features excerpts from the holiday classic. Auditions and
rehearsals began as soon as students returned from summer break, and they’ve
been working on choreography the entire semester.

 

It’s crazy
to think we’ve been spending so much time in rehearsal for three minutes on
stage,” said Broad Ripple junior Dakota M., “but it’s worth it!”

 

Broad Ripple transitioned to block
scheduling this year to accommodate for longer rehearsal periods for performing
ensembles, but 

BR's The Nutcracker

the top level dancers — who you’ll see in “The Nutcracker” —
continue to meet daily for rehearsal. Another exciting addition for dance
students this year is the incorporation of dedicated dance history and dance
anatomy courses in the curriculum.

 

“Most high schools do not offer this type
of preparation,” said Hargro. “For example, in dance anatomy, we break down the
mechanics of the body and how the body works for a dancer. To have that kind of
knowledge about how your body should work, how your body should feel, how your
body should function and how to deal with injuries … if you’re going into the professional
dance world, it’s going to prepare you big time.”

 

In addition to comprehensive knowledge of
the history and science of dance, Broad Ripple students say they’ve learned
discipline, dedication and the ability to roll with the punches on stage from
their instructors.

 

Veteran dance teacher Therese Chatelaine
is in her final semester with her students as she prepares to retire.
Chatelaine’s dancers say “Snow” — the signature piece she choreographs each
year for the holiday classic — will be especially emotional this time around.

 

“It’s her last season here,” said Junior
Marrissa R., “so we want to perform that piece really well.”

 

Bring the whole family to experience “The
Nutcracker” at Broad Ripple’s Gene Poston Auditorium, 1115 Broad Ripple Ave.
Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $5 for
adults and $3 for students ages 4-17. A special matinee at 11 a.m. on Thursday,
Dec. 8, features a $1 ticket special for elementary school students and
teachers.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the
theatre to experience the product of our dancers’ hard work this semester!