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‘Nutcracker Club’ Benefits Autism Foundation

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Ashley O'Banion and Florian Rouiller.

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Dana deLaski, Lauren Shirley, Kelsey Albanese, Sophia Vasiliadis and Stormy Budwig.

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Adrianna Lundgren and Sara Warrington.

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Joanie Vasiliadis.

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Theresa D'Alessandro, the founder and artistic director of The School of Theatrical Dance, pictured with her son Tommy.

The Great Falls-based School of Theatrical Dance will present a "Christmas Eve at the Nutcracker Club," Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. and Sunday. Dec. 7, at 1 p.m., at The Waddell Theater, Loudoun, Northern Virginia Community College campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling. Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 seniors.

Based on Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite and choreographed by Theresa D'Alessandro and Carol Hallman, "Nutcracker Club" takes place at a Christmas Party in a 1940's USO Hall. This enchanting twist on a holiday classic will ignite your nostalgic holiday spirit with blends of classical ballet, tap, jazz and modern disciplines to ‘40s popular

tunes as well as traditional Tchaikovsky. As always, these

performances will feature the youth, advanced and adult dancers from the studio as well as special guest artists and singers.

This year's performances will benefit the Autism Pathway Foundation, a cause very close to D'Alessandro's heart. "One in 150 individuals in the USA is diagnosed with autism ... and my son, Tommy, is one of them," D'Alessandro said.