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Hundreds of Metro Schools students chosen to perform in Nashville's Nutcracker



You may notice a few hundred familiar faces in this year's Nashville's Nutcracker by the Nashville Ballet.

ballet2The two-hour performance that opens at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville and weaves together Music City's historic landmarks and characters with one of the world’s most popular ballets is going on now through Dec. 23 at TPAC's Jackson Hall.

The performance features more than 125 dancers from the Davidson County area and another 125 from elsewhere in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky to make up the largest youth cast the Nashville Ballet has had to date. The youth cast also features dancers from the Hispanic Family Foundation's Baila studio.

"I never thought my daughter would be on a stage such as TPAC. Besides, she was very shy, and since she entered Baila she has become more confident. This has even helped her do better in her studies. I also think it´s very beautiful to see her relate to girls of other cultures each time she goes to the Nutcracker practices. I am very appreciative of the Hispanic Family Foundation and the Nashville Ballet school,” said Yorlenis González, mother of Milvia. Milvia who attends Valor Academy and stars in the performance as a Russian nesting doll.

Youth cast members perform alongside all 47 members of Nashville Ballet’s professional company and second company, according to the Nashville Ballet.

“Nashville’s Nutcracker simply wouldn’t be complete without the youth cast,” said Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, in a news release. “They bring a new, vibrant energy to each performance that’s contagious for both the performers and audience members. Giving the youth in our community an opportunity to perform in this holiday tradition adds to the magic of the season for them — and for us.”

For tickets and more about Nashville's Nutcracker, visit the Nashville Ballet's website.