The Nutcracker, a Timeless Holiday Tradition

The Nutcracker, a Timeless Holiday Tradition

"Everyone wants to go see the Nutcracker. And it definitely helps companies out, and the art form out, and gets the word out and it's such an exciting time of year, I think everyone gets excited for it," Evan said.
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - It's one of those classics, the Nutcracker. And it's especially popular during the holidays.

Most dance schools perform a rendition of the Nutcracker, so we decided to take a look behind the scenes to see what goes on during the weeks before the curtains open.

The dancers cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy, her understudy, and the Cavalier are hard at work preparing a pas de deux.

The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday performance, and these dancers from the Shepherdstown School of Dance are just a few of the many getting ready to carry on the tradition.

"I'm just excited to put on a good show," said Evan Reynolds, a 23 year-old professional dancer. He’s been hired as a guest for this year’s Nutcracker for the Shepherdstown School of Dance.

For Emily Romine, artistic director, it's all about her students' excitement.

"Oh, they can't wait. They cannot wait. They get excited about it every year," said Emily Romine.

And they get the excitement started months before their performances.

"We start rehearsals with the oldest students at the end of October, on Saturdays,” said Romine. “And then the younger students come and join Saturday rehearsals at the beginning of November."

But the Nutcracker isn't just for trained dancers.

"The community loves it. Locally, we have a lot of local community members that are involved in the Party Scene," she said.

She also said they get people from Frederick and even Baltimore who join the Party Scene, or just come to watch.

And for those who prefer to just watch, Evan Reynolds says this is the one show a year dance schools strive to do well.

"Everyone wants to go see the Nutcracker. And it definitely helps companies out, and the art form out, and gets the word out and it's such an exciting time of year, I think everyone gets excited for it," Evan said.

So as the holidays approach, and presents are given and received, the story of Clara and the Nutcracker she found under her Christmas tree will be told by dancers across the four-state area, and the world.

The Shepherdstown School of Dance's Nutcracker will be preformed on Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15, at the Frank Center at Shepherd University.
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