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Merrimack dancer Victoria Walters performs in Boston Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Friday, December 6, 2013

Victoria Walters, of Merrimack, is performing in Boston Ballet’s production of Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker” in the role of Second Regiment Solider and Tea.

Victoria has been a student at Boston Ballet School for six months.

This timeless classic is presented by State Street Corporation, and will run from Nov. 29-Dec. 29, at the Boston Opera House.

Victoria started ballet in 2003 at the age of 3 in Nashua at the Northern Ballet Dance Center under the artistic director Doreen Cafarella. Victoria studied the dance disciplines of classical ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, musical theater, contemporary and modern dance. Cafarella retired in 2011 and Tina Cassidy became the new artistic director at Northern Ballet Dance Center. Victoria started at the Boston Ballet School’s summer program in 2013 and is now attending Boston Ballet full time. Victoria also is a student at Merrimack Middle School and is receiving high marks.

Victoria joins nearly 250 other young dancers from around New England cast in “The Nutcracker.” Three different casts will take on various roles, such as toy soldiers, pages, reindeer, lambs, polichinelles, baby mice and party children during Boston Ballet’s 43 performances of “The Nutcracker.”

Artistic Director Nissinen and Robert Perdziola chose to set the new production in the early 1800s, in what many know as the Jane Austen era. More than 350 costumes were created, each handmade and custom painted to match Perdziola’s exquisite designs. The innovative sets contain extensive amounts of moving scenery, making the entire production a truly magical experience.

Students of Boston Ballet School in “The Nutcracker” were hailed by The Boston Globe as “adorable, focused and disciplined,” handling serious pattern and partner work with “impressive aplomb.” All children performing in “The Nutcracker” are students of Boston Ballet School and coached by an experienced staff including Nissinen, Boston Ballet School’s Director Margaret Tracey, Ballet Mistress Melanie Atkins and Boston Ballet School’s world-renowned faculty. Students have an exciting schedule through the months of October, November and December, which includes rehearsals with company dancers, costume fittings, experiencing the unique, backstage atmosphere at The Boston Opera House, and numerous performances accompanied by Boston Ballet Orchestra and enthusiastic audiences.

Participating in a full-length ballet is an important performance opportunity for students, exposing them to aspects of ballet they don’t experience in a regular class. The students learn about the hard work and enjoyment that composes a live ballet performance and have the unique opportunity to dance alongside Boston Ballet’s internationally acclaimed company dancers.

Boston Ballet School is the largest ballet school in North America, now operating studios in Boston, Newton, and Marblehead and other programs throughout New England. More than 10,000 students participate in Boston Ballet School’s year-round, summer, adult and outreach programs each year.

For more information, visit www.bostonballet.org.

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