Backstage at the Ballet

Backstage at the Ballet

Photo by Louise Krafft.

Final dress rehearsals are underway for this weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker.” West Potomac Academy and Alexandria Community Dance are teaming up to present their fourth annual joint performance of “The Nutcracker,” the traditional holiday story with a modern twist, on Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, at West Potomac High School.

Four shows will be performed: Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.

West Potomac Academy’s Dance students will participate in the entire production, both on stage and behind the scenes, and Advanced Dance students will have featured performances. The performance will include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop dance and gymnastics.

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, Fort Hunt, Hollin Meadows, Stratford Landing, Washington Mill, and Waynewood elementary schools; Sandburg Middle School, and West Potomac High School. Performers range in age from four years old to adult.

Alexandria Community Dance has a business partnership with West Potomac Academy.

Groups are welcome to attend the performances. For the first time, residents from Paul Spring Retirement Community will attend a performance, followed by a meet-and-greet with the performers.

Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults in advance, or $12 for students and $15 for adults at the door. For more information and tickets, visit