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Albany Berkshire Ballet celebrates 40 years of the Nutcracker at the Flynn

Local dancers from Essex perform in the Nutcracker at the Flynn this weekend. Pictured from left to right Ludovica Palmieri, Maren Altadonna, Maecy Odit and Mila Lim Cho (front). PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Local dancers from Essex perform in the Nutcracker at the Flynn this weekend.
Pictured from left to right Ludovica Palmieri, Maren Altadonna, Maecy Odit and Mila Lim Cho (front).
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

A Burlington holiday tradition since 1974, Albany Berkshire Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” has been captivating audiences with its magic and wonderment. The enduring production returns to the Flynn MainStage on Nov. 29-30. This enchanting ballet unites children from all over Vermont to perform with professional dancers at the legendary Flynn Theater.

Albany Berkshire Ballet, under the guidance of Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo, has choreographed the cherished holiday classic, which also features the beloved score of Peter Tchaikovsky. With lavish sets and scenery designed by Carl Sprague, the performances feature over 120 local dance students from 33 Vermont towns.

Helena Sullivan, owner and Artistic Director of Stowe Dance Academy, Mad River Dance Academy, and the Rehearsal Mistress for Albany Berkshire Ballet, has been working with our young, local dancers to prepare them for the production. Sullivan herself was in the Nutcracker as a youth and is delighted to continue the tradition of keeping the magic of The Nutcracker alive.

Aspiring Vermont dancers, ages 3 to 17, coming from Chittenden, Addison, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans and Washington counties are given the opportunity to perform with professional dancers from across the globe on the historic Flynn stage. Three Thanksgiving weekend performances will take place at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, each with a different cast of local dancers. The young dancers will be performing as reindeer, clowns, angels, party children, battling soldiers and maids. Essex Junction locals performing in the shows include: Maren Altadonna, Mila Lim Cho, William Danis (Fritz), Macey Odit and Ludovica Palmieri.