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Again in December, Sellwood's Classical Ballet Academy will present live scenes from The Nutcracker in Eastmoreland

DAVID F. ASHTON - As dancers at Sellwoods Classical Ballet Academy prepared for their upcoming outdoor performance of Nutcracker Vignettes, gathering for a scene in the second half were characters Clara, the Nutcracker, and some Party Sweets, as well as the Red King and Dancing Dolls from the shows party scene. From all over Inner Southeast Portland and elsewhere in the metro, Classical Ballet Academy is the school of dance where people come, from toddlers to adults, to learn this discipline of terpsichorean arts.

In mid-November, in their Sellwood studios, THE BEE found dancers rehearsing for their upcoming season of dance programs – including their outdoor performances open to all, scheduled for December 11, 5-9 p.m., called "Nutcracker Vignettes".

"That evening, eight Eastmoreland neighborhood homes will featuring life-size outdoor Nutcracker scenes on their front lawns," explained the academy's Director, Sarah Rigles. "These 'living art' installations feature professional lighting, music, props, sets – and, of course, dancers!"

Depending on the weather, people can drive by or walk past the scenes, on a map-guided route that should be easier for spectators to follow this year. It's about a two-mile drive or walk to visit all vignettes. For information about obtaining the map, visit their Nutcracker Vignettes webpage – www.classicalballet.net/nutcracker-vignettes-2021 There is no charge to navigate the route and see the performances, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Full stage shows also presented in December

DAVID F. ASHTON - Classical Ballet Academys Director, Sarah Rigles (far right), coached dancers during a November rehearsal. "And, we're also again performing our full schedule at Portland State University," Rigles announced. "We're really looking forward to it, because we haven't been in the theater there for about a year and a half."

In PSU's theater, Classical Ballet Academy dancers will perform four shows of The Nutcracker and two performances of Alice in Winterland – a dance adaptation of the book and play Alice in Wonderland – starting December 16.

To attend the PSU shows, everyone – including their cast, crew, and audience – needs to show that they're vaccinated or have had a negative COVID test, and also must wear a face mask, she affirmed. However, Tickets to the PSU shows are available only at the university's Box Office – portlandstate.universitytickets.com


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