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Tahoe Dance Company: ‘Nutcracker’ was sweet performance

Story and photos by Emma Garrard

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What better way to make the Holiday season complete than a performance of the Nutcracker?

Tahoe Dance School, based in Tahoe City, danced for a packed theater at North Tahoe High School last weekend, the first time the company had performed the famous ballet since 2004.

Sunday’s sold-out performance benefited the non-profit Arts for the Schools.

The play was directed by Dee Dee Terzian, Tahoe Dance School’s founder, with much help from choreographer Christin Hanna. Hanna, who grew up in Tahoe, recently returned after an eight-year stint as a professional ballet dancer in New York. Hanna spent countless hours during the last five months at rehearsals choreographing the ballet.

“I was ready for something new,” Hanna said about returning home. “This was a place I knew I was needed.”

A cast of 120 people performed in the ballet, many of whom were local families. Amongst those were Tahoe Lake School’s principal Danny Hyde, who performed alongside his wife Catherine and daughters Danielle, 8 and Madeline, 16.

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“It’s really fun to have the whole family (in the performance),” Hyde said. “Rehearsals were crazy, everyone had to be there at a different time.”

In addition to dancing with his family, Hyde also enjoyed seeing his students in the audience.

“I recognize so many of them,” Hyde said, adding some of his students playfully teased him about his role. “‘I can’t believe you’re in a ballet Mr. Hyde!’ [they said].”

” Emma Garrard can be reached at egarrard@sierrasun.com.