Thursday December 13, 2012

NECCA puts circus spin
on beloved classic

BRATTLEBORO -- The New England Center for Circus Arts presents its annual holiday show that puts a circus spin on the classic Nutcracker tale. "The Flying Nut: A Dark & Stormy Night," a quirky fantasy where a party leads to a magical gift, and the gift leads to a circus adventure in mysterious lands, will be presented Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 5 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m., at NECCA’s studio in the Cotton Mill.

This annual show brings together the Professional Adult Program with the Youth Performance troupe and sprinkles in guest artists. The show is fun for the whole family with high-flying trapeze, acrobatics, partner balancing, juggling, trick roller skating and more.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children under 12, free for children under 2. The show has sold out in the last few years, and even though NECCA has added a fifth performance this year, advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Tickets are available at www.necenterforcircusarts.org. For more information, call 802-254-9780.

Brattleboro School of Dance presents ‘Excerpts
from the Nutcracker’

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro School of Dance will present its annual "Excerpts from the Nutcracker," benefit performances on Friday at 7 and 7:45 p.m., at the studio on the third floor of 22 High St.


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Current students enrolled at the Brattleboro School of Dance will be featured in some of the more well-known scenes and pieces of this holiday-themed ballet, including "Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy" and "the Chinese Dance." Additional performances will incorporate other interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s work within other dance genres, including a jazz dance to Duke Ellington’s "Sugar Rum Cherry" and a belly dance piece to "Snowflakes."

Admission is by donation with all proceeds benefitting the Brattleboro School of Dance Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance for underserved families in the community.

In addition, a silent auction will be held that evening to support a Windham Regional Career Center/Brattleboro School School of Dance field trip to the National High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, Va., in March. Items up for bid include a hand-crafted necklace from Delectable Mountain, a woven handbag from MaliSun and a signed copy of Archer Mayor’s latest mystery novel, "Paradise City," courtesy of the Mystery on Main bookstore.

For more information, contact Brattleboro School of Dance at 802-254-6884 or visit www.brattleboroschoolofdance.com.