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Meet some of the cast of BalletCNJ's Winter Performance! (Part II)

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

(PART II)

Our students are hard at work preparing for BalletCNJ 's Annual Winter Performance!

Dancers ranging from Young Dancer Division to Daytime Professional Training Program will be showcased in two performances on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at Villa Victoria Academy Theater in Ewing, NJ. They will be performing in two festive works: Ashton's "Les Patineurs" (The Skaters) and "The Nutcracker".


BalletCNJ would like to give the opportunity for fans to get to know some of their favorite BalletCNJ performers. Please join us in support of these amazing young artists as they pour their heart and talent onto the Winter Performance stage! www.balletcnj.org/performances


Lets Meet More of BalletCNJ's Stars..



Francis Story (Age 12)


(Ballet III and Daytime Professional Training Program)

Home-schooled


How long have you been dancing?

"5 1/2 years"


What role(s) will you be dancing in BalletCNJ's Winter Performance?

"Red Corps in Les Patineurs and Chinese Lead in The Nutcracker"


What excites you most about performing?

"Making a connection with the audience"


Favorite Holiday Season tradition?

"Nutcracker of course! No matter how many performances I've done, I never get tired of it!"


What do you want to be when you grow up?

"A professional ballet dancer"


Favorite professional ballet dancer?

"Steven McRae, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet"


Favorite ballet?

"La Bayadere"


Any words of advice for other aspiring young dancers?

"Don't try to be exactly like another dancer. Develop your own artistry and remember that some artists mature more quickly than others"





Yana Prokoshin (Age 12)


(Ballet III and Pre-Professional Division)

John Witherspoon Middle School


How long have you been dancing?

"4 years"


What role(s) will you be dancing in BalletCNJ's Winter Performance?

"Red Corps in Les Patineurs and a Snowflake, Pink Flower, and Marzipan Side in The Nutcracker"


What excites you most about performing?

"I like how being onstage makes me confident!"


Favorite Holiday Season tradition?

"Watching Christmas movies with friends"


Any pre-performance superstitions/rituals?

"My friend Anya and I have a fun good luck dance we do before going onstage"


Favorite professional ballet dancer?

"Natalia Osipova"


Favorite ballet?

"Giselle"


Any words of advice for other aspiring young dancers?

"Come in with a positive attitude each day!"





Micah Levine (Age 12)


(Ballet IV and Daytime Professional Training Program)

Home-Schooled (American High School)


How long have you been dancing?

"7 years"


What role(s) are you dancing in BalletCNJ's Winter Performance?

"Green Boy and Red Corps in Les Patineurs and Spanish Lead in The Nutcracker"


Favorite Holiday Season tradition?

"Making holiday treats! I like baking!"


Favorite professional ballet dancer?

"Shale Wagman"


Favorite Ballet?

"Paquita"


Favorite food?

"Buffalo Wild Wings!"


Any words of advice for other aspiring young dancers?

"Work extra hard and put in extra effort. You will see good results!"


What are you looking forward to in 2020?

"Participating in the Miami International Ballet Competition and YAGP! I'll be performing my first contemporary pas de deux with my friend Rebecca Zou"