READY: Students from the Academy of Dance Dalby.
READY: Students from the Academy of Dance Dalby. Nicole McDougall

The Nutcracker aiming to awaken festive mood

PERFORMERS from Academy of Dance Dalby are ready to dazzle the audience tonight during their annual concert.

The dancers are performing The Nutcracker, and organiser Debbie Noller said the show had been a long time in the making.

"We started off teaching the kids in July... we've got children as young as three- and-a-half up to 17-year-olds,” Mrs Noller said.

"They're all the classical ballet students, and we've chosen The Nutcraker because it's a Christmas ballet.

"Queensland Ballet have started bringing it back, so we also chose it so the kids would understand it more when they see it in the future.

"With dance being a performing art we spend the first half of the year teaching techniques and the second half we focus on performing and having a bit more fun.”

Mrs Noller said there was also a second segment to the concert.

"It's not only The Nutcracker that's going to be performed, the second half of the evening we have our jazz, rap and hip-hop students performing to music from Trolls and Sing.

"It's the songs everyone knows and loves but a bit more modern.”

Tickets for the concert are available at the door.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children.

The show begins at 6.30pm tonight at the Dalby State High School Hall.


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