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Haddad Youth Ballet Prepares for 'Nutcracker'

Students of Classical Ballet to put on 16th annual "Nutcracker" performance at the Madeira School.

It is that time of year again – time for the Margaret Haddad School of Classical Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" at the Madeira School in McLean. For Haddad, this means a lot of rehearsals and a lot of mayhem.

"I haven't had all of the dancers in one rehearsal yet, " said Haddad. "It's been very difficult. It's a huge production and it gets bigger every year.”

Margaret Haddad has 44 years of teaching experience in four different countries. This year marks her 21st anniversary of teaching in Great Falls, and the 16th time that Haddad will put on the "Nutcracker" show for the Great Falls community. Approximately 85 students and dancers will perform in the show, which features more than 700 pieces of costume that are upgraded every year by volunteer Hope Reynolds. "The Nutcracker" cast includes Haddad's students — who range in age from 5-17 — as well as several professional performers. According to Haddad, her school is the only one in the area that gives young children the opportunity to perform on stage with professional dancers.

"I hear from so many people and students all the time, that we are like a big, happy family," said Haddad.

The Haddad Youth Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" with international guest artists on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. at the Madeira School located at 8328 Georgetown Pike in McLean. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $15 for children. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 703-759-3366.