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West Potomac Academy, Alexandria Community Dance Present "The Nutcracker"

West Potomac Academy and Alexandria Community Dance are teaming up to present a joint performance of "The Nutcracker," the traditional holiday story with a modern twist, Dec. 2-4 in West Potomac High School’s Springbank Auditorium. Shows will be presented Thursday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 and 6:30 p.m. West Potomac Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Music for the entire second act has been recomposed to include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop dance and gymnastics. West Potomac Academy’s Dance students will be participating in the production both on stage, behind the scenes, and mentoring young dancers. Advanced Dance students will have featured performances. Academy alumni will also be returning to participate in the production.

More than 100 dancers from the Alexandria area of Fairfax County auditioned for the performance.

Students from the following Fairfax County public schools are represented in the production: Belle View Elementary School, Fort Hunt Elementary School, Hollin Meadows Elementary School, Stratford Landing Elementary School, Washington Mill Elementary School, Waynewood Elementary School, Sandburg Middle School, and West Potomac High School. Performers range in age from 4 years old to adult.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For advanced ticket sales visit www.Alexandriadance.com.

West Potomac Academy and West Potomac High School are located at 6500 Quander Road in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. Contact Courtney Betzel, West Potomac Academy Dance instructor, at 703-718-2641 or cjbetzel@fcps.edu, or Gennifer Lissenby, Alexandria Community Dance director, at glisenby@verizon.net.