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Local girls to perform in 'Nutcracker'

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Dec 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — In its fifth season under the direction of former Ohio Dance Theater principle dancer, Jennifer Kraynik-Muselin, the JAM Dance Academy Kraynik-Muselin presents the school’s second ‘Nutcracker’ ballet this weekend.

“Every child remembers their first Nutcracker ballet, which usually solidifies their dreams of wanting to become a ballerina,” Kraynik-Muselin said. “It has been my dream for 20 years to produce story ballets, and I am honored to share that dream with the Genesis House Lorain County Safe Harbor this holiday season.”

‘The Nutcracker’ is a ballet classic that tells the story of a little girl who receives a nutcracker for Christmas from her loving Uncle Drosselmeyer. The nutcracker comes alive and carries the little girl away to a magical kingdom.

Local dancers Chloe Hazelwood and Mylee Reer, both of Norwalk, have been cast in the roles of Soldier Captain dancers in the production, scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday at the Elyria High School Performance Arts Center.

Hazelwood, 9, and Reer, 10, are cousins in the fourth grade at Norwalk Catholic Schools. The two are among just 63 casted dancers in the performance. Both girls love performing and making people smile.

Hazelwood has studied dance at Class Act Dance Studio in Norwalk since the age of 3. She has taken ballet, tap, acrobat, jazz, hip-hop, cheer and musical theater at the studio. She is the daughter of Mark and Megan Hazelwood, of Norwalk.

Reer has studied dance at Class Act Dance Studio in Norwalk since the age of 2. She has taken ballet, tap, acrobat, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and cheer at the studio. She is the daughter of Zac and Lisa Reer, of Norwalk.

The Nutcracker ballet was first performed in Russia in 1892 and again this holiday season, JAM Dance Academy will bring a fresh approach to this holiday classic. The performance will feature area students as well as professional and formerly professional dancers from Verb Ballets, St. Louis Ballet, Lexington Ballet, and Dayton Ballet.

"It has been a pleasure to work with the JAM Dance Academy family throughout the rehearsal process,” said Verb Ballets dancer Kate Webb, who will dance the role of Snow Queen and Dew Drop in this year’s production.

“The students act professionally and show that they love what they are doing through their hard work,” Webb said. “Because of their dedication and Jennifer's fresh take on the classic choreography, I know this is going to be a very exciting and worthwhile production.”

Sponsored by Superior Quality Builders, the full production of ‘The Nutcracker’ will take place at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday as well 2 p.m. Sunday at Elyria High School Performing Arts Center (600 West Ave, Elyria). Tickets are available at: http://www.jamdanceacademy.net/nutcracker-2017/

‚Ä®JAM Dance Academy is a dance school located in North Ridgeville, offering classes in ballet, contemporary jazz, hip-hop and tap to students ages three through adult. Voted North Ridgeville’s studio for best dance instruction from 2013-17. The school’s mission is to provide positive, top-quality, and professional dance training to children and adults while building self-confidence and a passion for the arts what will carry on throughout the individual’s life.

JAM Dance Academy is also doing its part to support victims of domestic violence.

On behalf of E. John Busser, JAM Dance Academy will supply the Genesis House with 25 complimentary tickets to the performances. The Academy will also grant one deserving and aspiring dancer from the Genesis House Lorain County Safe Harbor a year-long scholarship to take dance classes free of charge at the studio.

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